Thanksgiving is a time for joyful celebration, yet also a time for contemplation. As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings which you have received. It is also a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves and to consider whether you can be of assistance to those who are in need. In a world filled with so much hurt and sorrow, may this be the opportunity for us to make a difference. As John Bunyan, an English writer and Puritan preacher was quoted as saying, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
We find many things to thank God for during this holiday. We thank Him for the many times in which He has touched our lives. We thank Him for our family, our health, and most importantly for the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus.
We would like to thank you, our Passionist Community, for your help both physically and spiritually. The prayers and generosity of people like you are the fuel that keeps our ministry running. The Passionists are committed to providing assistance to needy families and individuals both here in the United States and abroad, not just during the holidays but throughout the year. We have more people seeking assistance now than ever, but our resources are limited.
I am writing to you to ask if you would consider making a donation to support the ongoing work of our ministries. While many of us are feeling the bounty of our blessings, there are those who are struggling to be thankful for something they do not have. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to make a conscious decision to help those feeling the pain of poverty and misfortune? A sense of gratification is a unique, intangible benefit of your continued support of the Passionist Missionaries. Remember, it’s all about God’s love for each one of us.
In the response folder that accompanies this letter, please write down the names of the people for whom you are grateful, and all your special intentions, and mail it back to us in the enclosed envelope. They will be remembered in prayer during this holiday season.
We look forward to hearing from you and we pray God will bless you during this time of Thanks.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Edward L. Beck, C.P.
Treasurer and Development Office