My dear brothers and sisters,
Some of you who visited our Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, MX will remember Roberto, the elderly man who always wore his weathered cowboy hat. He walked approximately a mile down a precarious graveled road, with the help of his cane, six days a week to eat at the Mesón de Jesus . He brought with him a jar to take food home to his disabled wife, Lupe. She waited in their meager shack as he carried the container a mile back up the steep hill.
Not long ago, Roberto passed; leaving his sweet wife alone. Lupe is like many others, too old or too young or too weak to work or physically come to our dining rooms. In the Franciscan way, she became one more of God’s lambs to receive our monthly food boxes.
Each month our friars, social workers and nurse carry these life sustaining boxes into the hills for the humble poor. Each visit brings social contact, comfort and the knowledge that God has not forgotten them. During this holy season of Lent each year, we ask you to please help us to continue to help Lupe and others like her.
What a meaningful spiritual practice to begin or to continue if you participated last year! For $40 or whatever you are able to give, a box can be delivered with food, hygiene items and in some cases, medicine. I invite you to live the love of God by service to your neighbors. Also, please pray daily for them and for the people who minister to them.
Mil gracias and lenten blessings,
Fr. Tommy, OFM