The Christophers wish everyone a holy and peaceful Lenten season. May everyone
be granted in their own way the opportunity to connect with Christ in His suffering, death, and
resurrection, so that healing can occur within our lives, our families, our nation, and around
The Christophers’ latest News Note Healing Broken Families tackles tough questions
regarding what it takes to create peace amid troubled circumstances. The family is such an
important place to begin the process of healing in society, so we encourage everyone to
request copies of this News Note to share with friends and family and within communities.
March 3 is the Feast of Saint Katherine Drexel, who is the patron of racial justice and
philanthropists. She grew up in a wealthy Catholic family and was left a large inheritance,
which she used to help fund missionary services for Native American and African American communities. Let us pray that her spirit of selflessness and love for the poor and for people of all ethnicities is emulated by more people in our time so that racial prejudice in all its forms can come to an end in our nation and the world.
March 5 is the Feast of Saint John Joseph of the Cross, the first Italian follower of Saint Peter of Alcantara, a reformer who sought to make the Franciscan order more devoted to penance. He labored tirelessly to bring about reform, founding a monastery before he was even ordained and working many jobs within his community, from menial tasks to serving as provincial for a time. He was known to have tremendous supernatural gifts, including prophecy and healing. Let us pray that this powerful saint intercede for reform and renewal in our Church today.
We recently got a letter of thanks from Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to men and women of the U.S. military. The letter stated:
“On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the heroes who receive our care packages, I thank you for your continuing support and generous donation of bookmarks, cards and your dedication to our mission. Your contribution will enable us to keep sending our lovingly-filled Care Packages to the tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers.”
Thanks to our donors for making it possible for us to contribute our inspirational materials to such a noble effort. We also recently heard from Deacon Peter Andre, Director of Prison Ministry for the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida. We just sent him copies of our Three Minutes a Day books, and he wrote to tell of how he was sending them out to all of their ministries at prisons, a juvenile detention center, and a substance abuse treatment center. Deacon Peter concluded his letter with this thank you:
“We wanted you (and your benefactors) to know how much your generous and faithful support of our ministry has meant to us and the souls in our care. May God continue to bless each of you and your work on behalf of those who seek Him.”
We pass this warm thanks along to all who support our mission. With your help we continue to be able to reach out to people in need of an uplifting message. What a tremendous change you help us to bring into the world. Thanks and God bless!
Mary Ellen Robinson