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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Missionaries of Charity - Summer Camp
This summer, at the many Missionary of Charity Missions around the world, the sisters and volunteers are active - working with the poor and needy children at "Summer Camp." Every day the sisters pick up local children, feed them, teach them, pray with them, entertain them. This work can only be accomplished by the help of young volunteers.
These young volunteers travel from all parts of the world to come and stay with the sisters and help with the work. These young people are truly a great hope for the Church. Please keep them in your prayers.
It is with such inner freedom and such burning charity that Jesus teaches us to find him in others, first of all in the disfigured face of the poor. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta loved to distribute her “visiting card” on which were written the words: “The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace”. This is the way to meet Christ. Go out to meet all of human suffering spurred on by your generosity and with the love that God instills in your hearts by means of the Holy Spirit: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). The world is in urgent need of a great prophetic sign of fraternal charity! It is not enough to “speak” of Jesus. We must also let him be “seen” somehow through the eloquent witness of our own life (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 16).
(Message of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Youth of the World On The Occasion of the XIX World Youth Day 2004)
* Second image -Youth attending the Beatification of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.