Letter From the Director
Dear Mission Friend,
We hope you are enjoying your October. As I pointed out in my recent letter, the feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux falls during this month. You may recall that Thérèse is a patron saint of the missions, so we regard her fondly here at the Mission Center.
In her celebrated autobiography, The Story of a Soul, St. Thérèse sometimes expressed feelings of inadequacy, that she wasn’t doing enough for the Church as a cloistered nun. She dreamed of stepping outside her convent walls to become a missionary, which she saw as a more adventurous way to do God’s work. In one passage, she writes:
“I should like to wander through the world, preaching Your name and raising Your glorious Cross …. But it would not be enough to have only one field of mission work. I should not be satisfied unless I preached the Gospel in every quarter of the globe and even in the most remote islands.”
Yet it did not take long for St. Thérèse to realize her true role in the Church. On the very next page she makes her famous declaration: “My vocation is love!”
Not all of us are called to be missionaries, but all of us are called by Jesus to love—to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Your prayers and generosity are signs of love for those faraway neighbors who are fed and clothed and taught by Divine Word Missionaries. Your vocation of love makes our shared vocation possible.
Please continue to remember our missionaries and those they minister to in your loving prayers. Rest assured, you will be remembered in ours.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bro. Daniel Holman SVD
Mission Center Director