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Dear Friends,

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”   –Washington Irving

As tragedy grips the attention of America, the angst and need to know “why” becomes even greater.   Yet, there is no answer except in the deepest silence and still small voice, and no braver action than to love—to share with those who suffer, and to reach out to those who hunger and thirst; to love even those who are unapproachable and unlovable.  Perhaps one of these “least” among us will be turned aside from a downward spiral by our love and caring.

This is no small demonstration, and its power is without limit.

Jesus came not as a royal figure surrounded by wealth and power, but in extremely simple circumstances, unknown and unknowable.

His gift to us on the cross was the culmination of his great sacrifice of love in incarnating here yet again, when he had no personal need to do so.

This is the only answer to hatred, fear and despair—to ponder the incredible incarnation of Jesus Christ and that of our Mother Mary, and find a way to give more, to love more, to love Jesus Christ more fully, that our brothers can also look upon the Master, and find their way back to the Light.

Rev. Mary Anderson