Lockdown in a sprawling slum with no sanitation, no running water and no money must be close to hell on Earth.
The COVID-19 crisis has turned the world upside down. It has brought pain and misery and created fear and anxiety, for millions of people.
So it’s encouraging to see people caring for their neighbours and vulnerable people in their communities. Self-sacrifice and generosity of heart prevail!
The need to help churches has never been so urgent and necessary
In many areas of the world, it will be the Church that responds to the medical and pastoral needs of people who are suffering.
At Missio we try to express and build solidarity through prayer and action. Prayer focuses our heart and minds on God’s compassion for suffering humanity. Action calls each of us to give what we can to make a difference.
The Holy Father has established an emergency fund to help people and communities tragically impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. He has asked each one of us to contribute what they can to help the Church overseas, through Missio.
Any gift you can give at this time will help our missionaries reach out to the most vulnerable people and offer them spiritual and practical support; and any prayer you offer for them will surely be heard.
‘They need our help’
Our partners, the Mill Hill Missionaries, are working in Coronavirus hotspots across the world. They are on the front line of giving pastoral, spiritual and material support to those in greatest need.
Father Michael in Malaysia tells us:
‘Due to the lockdown, many poor people have lost their jobs because they are paid on a daily basis. They need our help for the daily sustenance of their families. Also, very important is the work of encouraging them in their faith, praying with them and bringing them the hope that only God can give.’
Together we can bring hope and help
Thanks to donations from Missio supporters the Church is already being able to respond. In Guinea and Chile, churches and convents you’ve helped to build are sheltering and caring for vulnerable and sick people.
In Peru, the Catholic community is preparing food packages, which parish priests are delivering to homes of families living in extreme poverty.
The Holy Father has reminded us that:
‘we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disorientated, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together’.
We pray that when the storm has passed, humanity will seize the opportunity to find new ways of living together in harmony with each other and Creation.
We’re praying for you
Fr Tony Chantry, Missio’s director in England and Wales, is celebrating Mass every day at 12 noon in our Missio Chapel.
If anyone you know would appreciate being held in prayer at Mass, please email their name to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7821 9755.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals to us that goodness always triumphs over evil, hope over despair, and life over death. The Risen Jesus lives on among us to heal, transform and redeem us.