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Mary Ellen Robinson
Chief Operating Officer

September 2017
Dear Friends,

           The Christophers offer prayers for the people of Texas and other Gulf states as they struggle to recover from the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Their spirit of resilience in the face of such tremendous adversity is an inspiration to us all. We pray that those who have lost loved ones find peace and healing, and that those who have been displaced find food and shelter during these trying times.

            The way people have come together to help one another during Hurricane Harvey embodies Christ’s call to bring light into the darkness. This is the ideal The Christophers’ were founded on, an ideal so beautifully illustrated in the book Light in the Darkness: The Teachings of Father James Keller, M.M., and The Christophers, in which Father Jonathan Morris presents the spirit at the heart of our mission. In his video Light in the Darkness, Father Morris talks about The Christophers’ mission, how it came about, and how it can change the way we live.

            We also encourage everyone to share copies of our God is My Light prayer card, which is a poignant reminder that God is there for us in the most trying times. We distributed this prayer card in the New York area in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and we encourage anyone working with those affected by Hurricane Harvey to request free copies to distribute as a reminder of the infinite power of God’s love even amidst tragedy.

            On our “Christopher Closeup” radio show this month, Christopher Award-winning writer/producer Jeannie Gaffigan discusses her shocking diagnosis with a brain tumor this past April. Jeannie is the wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan and the mother of their five kids, so the news hit everyone hard. But Jeannie also reveals how God’s hand guided her to the right doctors who successfully removed the benign tumor and put her on the slow road to recovery. The interview will air on Sunday September 10th on Sirius-XM’s The Catholic Channel (129) at 7:00a.m. and 11:30a.m. Eastern – and on the Relevant Radio network at 4:30p.m. Eastern/3:30p.m. Central. It will also be featured on The Christophers’ blog at Aleteia, so keep checking back for updates.

            This month we celebrate the Feast of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin Friar who bore the stigmata and is known throughout the world as a powerful intercessor. He is the patron saint of adolescents, and we encourage everyone to entrust young people in their lives to Padre Pio’s intercession.

It is important to remind young people, regardless of their state in life, that all good things are possible when they have hope in the future. Pope Francis recently sent a video message to juvenile offenders attending college while serving time in prison. He praised the program and said of the young prisoners that they “are serving a penalty, a penalty for a mistake committed. But let us not forget that for punishment to be fruitful it must have a horizon of hope, otherwise it is enclosed within itself and is only an instrument of torture; it is not fruitful.” Later he said that in spite of the problems young people are facing “the horizon is bigger than the problems, hope goes beyond all the problems.”

            What a beautiful message of hope Pope Francis gives to young prisoners, and it is this kind of outreach that answers Christ’s call when He says, “for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you gave Me clothing, I was sick and you took care of Me, I was in prison and you visited Me” (Matthew 25:35-37).

The Christophers are blessed to be able to join with people of good will to reach out to prisoners through the inspirational materials we provide prison ministers. This is a vital part of our mission, and we are grateful to our donors for making this outreach possible.

            Everyone on our mailing list should soon be receiving our Christopher Highlights newsletter, updating you on some of our most exciting recent activities. We hope you enjoy this update, and please remember to keep our mission in your prayers.

            Friends, you are a tremendous source of strength to our Christopher work. Keep up the Christopher spirit. God bless you!

 

 

Joyfully,

  

Mary Ellen Robinson

Vice President/COO