Missionary Disciples in Action! The Elderly give us a shining example to live up to.
Heeding the call of our Holy Father Pope Francis for all baptized Christians to be “missionary disciples,” a number of our Residents are undertaking special projects to be instruments of God’s love and caring for people in various needs.
What started as a “bedroom decluttering” endeavor resulted in Residents’ donations of many pieces of clothing and other surplus items which they sorted and packed for the poor and the homeless. A Resident’s family member who heard about this venture donated a large collection of teddy bears, which has led to another project whereby the Residents will be able to bring joy to needy children in impoverished neighborhoods through their gift of these cuddly animals. And the wonderful news of our Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade—while it has sadly occasioned the vandalism of some pro-life pregnancy support centers—has inspired our Residents to help a defaced and burned-out support center with the offer of baby clothing, blankets, and bibs which they are eagerly making for the newborns of the women who continue to be served by this organization.
Our enthusiastic missionaries look forward to future efforts, which include making welcome cards for refugees, crafting uplifting tray cards for pediatric cancer patients, and participating in Catholic Cross Outreach’s Christmastime “Box of Joy” program for poor children in Third World countries. Our Residents embrace each of these projects specifically as an act of missionary discipleship, thus “still bearing fruit, even in old age” (Ps. 92:15).