Mary Ellen Robinson
Chief Operating Officer
The Christophers hope everyone enjoys a very happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Here in New York, where The Christophers are based, thousands throng the streets every year for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade to celebrate the contributions of Irish-Americans to our nation. Having escaped slavery in Ireland as a young man, Saint Patrick returned years later to devote his life to sharing Christ’s message with the Irish people. We pray that his spirit of perseverance and love will inspire a new generation of evangelists in our time.
One Irish-American who became renowned in the first part of the 20th century for his holiness and service to the sick was Father Solanus Casey. Many miraculous cures have been attributed to his intercession and he is now considered venerable within the Church. He was such a humble servant during his lifetime, and we encourage everyone to pray for the intercession of this holy man of God.
We also remind people to pray for the intercession of Saint Joseph, whose feast we celebrate on March 19. Saint Teresa of Avila recommended Saint Joseph as an important intercessor, writing, “Would that I could persuade all men to be devout to this glorious saint, for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God.” And she particularly recommends praying for his intercession on his feast day, writing, “It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good.”
This month, The Christophers release our two latest News Notes: Recovery from Addiction Through God and Service and Applying the Bible to Your Life. Our News Note on addiction tackles a problem that affects millions of Americans. We hope everyone will read and share this News Note because it offers sound advice to those trying to overcome addiction, as well as for friends and families of people facing this problem. And our News Note on Applying the Bible to Your Life shows how God speaks to us through Scripture in a way that is as relevant now as it ever was.
We recently heard from Bert Sylvain, who works for Prince of Peace Prison Ministry in Lewiston, Maine, and he had this to say: “Just a word of appreciation to you and The Christophers’ staff members - also to the outstanding generous donors and sponsors - for all the fantastic work that you do and the inspiring materials that you provide to our prison/jail ministries. Our inmates, as well as our facilitators, are highly grateful and very well pleased to have received the uplifting Christopher News Notes and the 2017 calendars that are excellently tailored for inmates…Truly, you folks are a God-Send and proof that God will never be outdone in generosity. Again, a huge thank you and may God bless you and keep you all safe. In Christian love always.”
Thank you, Bert, for this beautiful note, and we join with you in thanking our donors for helping us to extend lifelines of hope to those in need. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world, and we are grateful for the continued support of our donors in helping to make this happen.
May God bless us all as we begin this Lenten season, and may this be a time of introspection and renewal so that we can better prepare ourselves to see Christ in the world and welcome Him into our lives.
Mary Ellen Robinson