Linwood, New Jersey                                    Fall 2001                                                       Page 4


As I looked over all the articles for this newsletter one word, "Thanksgiving" kept repeating itself to me.  Surely we have much to thank our heavenly Father for…new vocations, the beatification decree for our Founder, the outpouring of devotion to our beloved Sacred Hearts by dear friends and benefactors….so many, many blessings!

So many of us, myself included, often get bogged down thinking only of needs and wants. It is easy to forget how blessed we are each day by our most gracious Creator. This was brought home to me in a very special way recently when I learned of a friend who had completely lost his hearing for several months this summer due to a rare infection. His wife was reduced to writing every word they exchanged.  As they related their exhaustion and frustration, I was reminded again of how very much we take God's blessings for granted…that is, until they are gone.  And as I go over the many blessings apparent in these newsletter stories, my prayer of thanksgiving is uttered again. I am truly aware and grateful for God's providence but also for the many prayers of support and encouragement you, our dear friends, give so graciously.  Thank you and God bless you!


God bless you and keep you always,

Father Anthony, M.SS.CC.


Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
2249 Shore Road • Linwood, NJ 08221
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