the mail about a week ago I received a pencil written note from a man in
jail. He was given, by another
inmate, a copy of one of our prayer cards.
He wrote, hoping that I might send him some other prayer cards
and leaflets, which were promptly sent to him by our office staff.
It gave me pause though to realize how that card got to the jail.
We have had other calls and notes from people, sometimes half way
across the country, saying about the same thing.
They found one of our cards or leaflets in the back of a church
or included in a letter from a friend or relative.
I am always amazed at how these items find their way to someone
who may be moved or helped by their message.
It encourages me and my staff that our mail apostolate is
spiritually fruitful in ways we may never know beyond the desire to
share our message and find supporters for our work.
It is also a lesson to each of us that we can never know how our
words or sharing of an encouraging message may help someone along the
way. The lesson learned again is
that we should never shy away from sharing our faith in some way, even
if it is as anonymous as leaving a prayer card in the back of a church
May the peace
and love of Christ fill your hearts,
Father John, M.SS.CC.