Letter to our Partners - Lent 2013

Update on our mission & Mass for your special intentions

Letter to our Partners - Lent 2013

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I greet you this Lent with the simple yet profound words of St. Paul, “God proves his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

What mercy God has shown us in Christ! How can we respond to such grace? Touched by God’s mercy, we are moved to love others.

At Partners, we strive to share this love of Christ with as many as possible through the gift of The Word Among Us magazine. I know from speaking with you that you share that very same conviction. And you have already blessed many through your generous gifts to Partners. THANK YOU for reaching out to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Together we strive to bring God’s mercy and hope to more and more Catholics who are
   • Isolated in prison
“There are many religions in this prison. I thought I wanted to leave my roots of Catholicism. I told my mother, who goes to daily Mass, of my intention. To say the least, she wasn’t very happy. Then I ran across The Word Among Us. It sure did me a lot of good. It has given me a change of heart. I want to stay with my Catholic faith.” —Steven, California
   •  Lonely and away from home serving in the military
“My son is with the Colorado National Guard serving in Kuwait. I told him that I wished he could receive The Word Among Us. He was quick to let me know that he had gotten a copy from the chapel. Today, he told me that he uses it every day. Now, you know those were sweet words to my ears! This donation to Partners is in his honor, from his dad and me. Thank you and God bless you in your work.”—A happy mother, Colorado
   • Anxious and troubled regarding a pregnancy or after an abortion
“We all know someone who has been touched by abortion, and when they are able to reconcile with God and their child, it sets them free. As an aborted woman reads the Scriptures and The Word Among Us meditations, the Holy Spirit reaches into the broken places of her soul and tells her that there is hope.” —Vicki Thorn, Project Rachel

This Lent—once again—Partners has a waiting list. So many are hungry to know Jesus. Prison and military chaplains, especially, are requesting copies of The Word Among Us.

As in previous years, during Lent a Mass will be offered for your special intentions at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. As the Partners family, let us make a commitment to pray this Lent for the intentions of one another. Let’s pray together for our loved ones who are far from God or who have left the church, for those with cancer and other serious illnesses, and for those struggling with addiction, depression, financial difficulties, trouble in marriages, and unemployment.

As we intercede, let’s remember to place our hope in our loving Father. Our God—who did not spare his own Son but freely gave him up for us all—will hear our prayers!!

Thank you for sharing your gifts so generously with God and his people. May God abundantly bless you this Lent.

Your brother in Christ,
Brendan Murray
Director, The Word Among Us Partners