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Pontifical Christmas Appeal
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith (SPOF) is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies. These Papal organizations direct funds to Catholic dioceses, seminaries, schools and programs around the world. Each year at Christmas, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Mission Office asks for support from Archdiocesan Catholics on behalf of the SPOF. Please help us make the gift of Christ known throughout the world during this season of Joy.
Following is an article on ‘Angels’ in the missions. These sisters are supported by the SPOF funds donated through the Christmas Appeal.
AN ‘ANGEL’ FOR THE MISSIONS – EVERY DAY!
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
In our world today – perhaps in our own lives – there are times it seems that not too much “good news” exists. We hear of war and natural disasters around the globe. At home, we may be afraid as we face a loved one’s illness, or financial difficulties. In those moments, we call to mind the angel’s announcement that first Christmas – taking comfort in the message of God’s love, as it supports us every day through life’s challenges.
For some 40 children in northern Zambia, Sister Margaret Mweshi is their angel – every day. These little ones struggle with physical disabilities of all kinds. At a home run by Sister Margaret and others in her Religious Community, they receive treatment, physical therapy, even an education.
And, every day, the children find much more. “I know that I have to do more than provide medical help,” Sister Margaret explains. “I have to be a mother to these children, bringing them, by all I do and say, the ‘good news’ of God’s great love.”
Sister Margaret says she follows St. Paul’s rule every day – “Whatever you do, do from the heart.” And the Sisters of the Cross in Poona, India, would say they do the same. For some 150 boys and girls, these Sisters are truly their angels – providing them with care and love at St. Anthony’s Home there. The children learn about Jesus and His great love through the example of the Sisters; those who are not baptized come to ask about the little boy who was “poor like them.”
The Lovers of the Holy Cross Sisters are also angels – to those who live in poverty in their homeland of Vietnam. These local Religious serve in social service and parish ministries, as well as through programs for younger children.
This Christmas, will you be an “angel” for the Missions – just like Sister Margaret in Zambia, and local Sisters in India and Vietnam? Will you support their efforts – and the work and witness of so many Religious Sisters throughout the Developing World? Every day, these Religious offer concrete help to the poor and suffering – and the hope that comes from experiencing the love of our Lord, so they will not be afraid.
Your prayers are your greatest gift. And your Christmas gift to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for your mission family – as little or as great as you can offer – will support the work of Sisters in the Missions. May you and your families know peace and great joy every day – and especially as we celebrate Christmas!
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