Life is full of challenges. We may be challenged because of our beliefs, by ill health, the loss of a loved one, or just by ordinary family matters. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we will face many difficulties. One of the challenges of being a disciple of Jesus is learning to trust His assurance that He is with us, even in the most trying times.

Just a month ago, all eyes were focused on the impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Today, more than a million people on the island’s devastated southern coast already feel forgotten.

When facing difficult situations, it’s important to remember that we are not alone. As members of the CMMB family, we are blessed to be part of a strong, international community connected by faith and compassion.

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we want to say thank you. Thank you for your unwavering faith, prayers and support. Thank you for being there, for helping vulnerable women and children, for saving lives and for bringing hope. Thank you for your generous response to those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Thank you for providing dignity and joy to the most vulnerable children living with disabilities. Thank you for supporting our courageous volunteers who are providing critical healthcare to those too often forgotten. Thank you for taking the time to read and share their stories.

Today, Jesus assures us that God is present to all believers, even in times of trouble. Together, we must continue to pray for all in need, and for the strength to always trust in God’s mercy and protection.

I am proud to share with you our latest newsletter filled with stories of the women and children you’ve helped over the last few months. None of this will be possible without you. I’m so very thankful for what we’ve achieved together.

Children affected by Hurricane Matthew still need help today. Learn more. 

*Today’s reflection is inspired by and adapted from the Loyola Press Sunday Connection.