Thanks To You

You can take a break from the holiday bustle at our Advent Ministry of Presence.

Visit us Nov. 28-Dec. 23 at Northgate Mall in Cincinnati.

         10:00 am - 9:00 pm

         12 Noon - 6:00 pm

          6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Store #186 near Macy's

Missionary Life
I awoke this morning to hear of another brutal execution of a humanitarian aid worker in Syria, Peter Kassig. We hear and even see a lot of this these days with the crisis in the Middle East.  This type of brutality is not just limited to faraway places. We experience it in the cities where we live, sometimes even in our own back yards.

Stories of this inhumanity inflicted upon our fellow human beings permeate the air waves.  Many people I know refuse to watch the broadcast news because they find it depressing. Despite this, violence is a reality in our world today. That is why the “Good News” which Jesus came into the world to proclaim is needed now more than ever.

Jesus’ message was one of love, peace, and reconciliation. The love that Jesus preached was not just the human love that we experience but that of the Father. God loves each and every one of us unconditionally. No matter how much we turn away from God, God will always love us and take us back.

This message was the one that Jesus commanded his apostles to carry to the ends of the earth.  This same message is the one that our missionaries also proclaim.  We also are called to announce the “Good News” wherever we find ourselves.  Imagine what the world might be like if all of us were fully living and proclaiming the Gospel to all we encountered on a daily basis. I am sure that the news would be quite different.

Let us commit ourselves to support those who go to distant lands to announce the message of Jesus with our prayers and financial support. Let us also commit ourselves to be agents of love, peace, and reconciliation in our day-to-day lives. 
--Br. Tim Sucher, OFM
Director, Franciscan Mission Office