Monday, November 1, 2010

Lost but Not Forgotten

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, "Your God is King!" (Isaiah 52:7)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit our mission parish in Ripley, Mississippi for Sunday mass. There were only about twelve people in attendance at the English mass. Not a huge crowd but thanks to Glenmary the sacraments are available to the people in the mission areas of the U.S. If it were not for Glenmary’s presence in Ripley, those twelve people would not have a community or a home to celebrate and would have not been able to receive the Eucharist.

Many times when a young person thinks about becoming a priest or religious, they envision themselves serving in the large city parishes, and not that that is a bad thing… But Glenmary Home Missioners goes out to the rural areas of the U.S. in order to look for the one and to bring him back. If you feel called to serve in the rural neglected areas of the U.S., consider becoming a Glenmary priest, brother or sister.

"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.'” (Luke 15: 4-6)

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