How YOUR Helping Hand Can Now Stretch 1,000 Miles
Inspired by the grace of God you open your eyes and you look about you. "The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and afflictions of the followers of Christ."
God's goodness touches your heart, and your hands open to do whatever you can. You measure only the need before your eyes.
Franciscan Missionaries meet the poor and afflicted living in hovels with dirt floors and leaking straw roofs each day. They see the sick children, mothers without food, fathers without work and children in rags without strength to pray or learn.
Your Franciscan Missionary remembers the words of Vatican Council II, "Wherever there are people in need... wherever men lack facilities for a truly healthy life, or are tormented by hardship or poor health; their Christian charity should seek them out and find them, console them with eager care and relieve them. The obligation is imposed, above all, on every prosperous person and nation."
Aided greatly by your generosity your Franciscan missionaries in our World Missions are doing all they can to give spiritual aid and material help. By your prayers, your penances, and your alms you, too, are there with them.
Our Holy Father urges us, "We must make haste; too many are suffering." So please join us in praying for and helping those less fortunate than we are.
Let your heart pity and your hand stretch 1,000 miles to help those who are without any other help in this world. On your Franciscan missions even a dollar stretches a long, long way. So please lend a helping hand and tender heart to Christ's work today.