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Newsletter Lent 2016

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Dear Friend and Benefactor,

Imagine, thirty silver coins paid to Judas or leading the authorities to Jesus.

When you hold money in your hands, do you ever wonder where it has been before coming to you? There's a story in every coin or dollar bill in circulation. And, if money could talk, it would have to thank God for all the good that has been done with it, but also, it would need to ask for forgiveness for all the evil and harm it has caused.

Jesus said, "where your money is, there also is your heart." As you give your money to the Franciscan missions, we know that you are also giving your heart. With your heart, you are reaching out, just as Jesus did to those in need. Your money - large amounts or small and Mass stipends of $10 or more, provides shelter, medicine, clothing, food, and other life-supporting gifts to the porest of the poor in developing countries.

Lent is a time for us to examine our heart and take an inventory of our treasures.

In reality, the thirty silver coins didn't destroy Jesus - they destroyed Judas.

During Lent, as you hold your money in your hands, be thankful that you have it. But, also be mindful of those who have none. In most circustances, without any moneysurvival is impossible. Because of you, people have survived. And because of you, many more will.

May God bless your heart, for He know where it is.
Fr. John Puodziunas
Spiritual Director

A Word of Clarification

Recently, the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor (aka Franciscan Friars) sent a letter to the friars throughout the world informing them of a financial crisis with grave consequences for the Order.

It is important to note that the General Secretariat of the Franciscan Missions, Inc. in Waterford, Wisconsin, is a United States nonprofit, incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin with its own US-based Board of Directors, independent of the operations in Rome. The financial crisis in Rome does not affect us. Our mission is to support the mission works of the Franciscan Friars throughout the world. In the midst of the current crisis, we intend to continue to support the individual missions of the Franciscans according to our purpose. Funds raised through our efforts are for mission projects and not for the direct administration of the Order.

We are thankful to all of our benefactors who make it possible for us at the Franciscan Mission Office to continue our support of the missions.

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