The summer mission appeals starts in June and finish by the end of August. In 2016, I felt so blessed that everyone was so accommodating and flexible in terms of the parish visiting schedule.
Merciful Lord, who prayed that there be one flock and one shepherd,
I ask the light of faith
for those who do not know You in Your Eucharistic Presence.
Give them the joy of Your protecting presence.
Bring them into the one fold
of which You are the master and Lord.
Forgive them their sins and teach them the way of repentance.
Lord God Almighty,
who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day,
defend us in the same by Your mighty power,
that this day we may fall into no sin,
but that all our words may so proceed,
and all our thoughts and actions
may be so directed as to do always
that which is just in Your sight.
Through Christ our Lord.
I’m writing this memo and updating it as necessary as the violent situation evolves or devolves in Mindanao. This on-going account will try to provide some context to what is happening and how it touches the Church people I know and the Subanens whom I work with. Marawi city is only 30 miles away from my residence in Ozamiz City, but to get there I would need to ferry across a bay and then travel a circuitous route first on a coastline road to Iligan Cityand then up a winding road to the highlands where Marawi City lies next to lake Lanao. Lake Lanao is the source of hydroelectric power for much of Mindanao. Marawi is populated primarily by Maranao Muslims.
Most Holy Virgin and Mother,
your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow
in the passion of your divine Son,
and in His glorious resurrection,
you were filled with unending joy in His triumph!
Obtain for us who call upon you,
to be such partakers in the adversities of holy Church
and in the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff
Chile is very far from my native land, with different people, language, culture, climate and food. It is a Catholic country which is very abundant in resources. During my Mission Sending Mass last year, our parish priest asked me why I was going to Chile for mission then.
God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.
Most holy Heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I love You.
With a lively sorrow for my sins
I offer You this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, and pure,
and perfectly obedient to Your Will.
grant that I may live in You and for You.
Protect me in the midst of danger
O my God!
I offer You all my actions of this day
for the intentions and for the glory
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart,
my every thought,
my simplest works,
by uniting them to His infinite merits;
and I wish to make reparation for my sins
I love you, most lovable Lady,
By the love which I bear you,
I promise never to offend you,
and to do as much as I can,
that you be loved by others also.
I put all my hopes in you,
all my salvation.
Receive me as your servant
and cover me with the mantle of your protection,
you are the Mother of mercy!