November 1, 2011
All Saints Day
Servants of St. Camillus
Disaster Relief Services
We are all called to be saints!
On this All Saints Day I am reminded in a particular way of one of the patron saints of SOS DRS, St. Therese of Lisieux. Her story is one of persistence, prayer, and doing small good deeds for the Lord. When young Therese asked to join the Carmelites the superior of the Order refused, stating that she was too young. Therese then took her case to the local bishop, but he also refused her request. On a trip to Rome with her family Therese had the opportunity to meet the Pope and to express her desire to become a Carmelite nun, even though she was only 14. He was impressed with her courage and not too long thereafter Therese became a Carmelite nun. Throughout her life she was persistent with prayer and doing small deeds of charity. This “little way” became the foundation of her spirituality. Therese died at the young age of 24 after a bout with tuberculosis but not before writing her story – The Story of A Soul. To this day it is published widely. Believing that her vocation was to be “love in the heart of the Church” Therese lived her whole life in the convent and spent much time writing letters to missionaries and praying for them. In fact, in God’s providence St. Therese became the patron saint of the missions – and of CTF-SOS DRS as well. Her “little way” of doing small deeds with great love can help us all in our call to be saints.
Matthew 5:1-12A (Gospel)
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”
This passage from the Gospel according to Matthew and The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux inspire the CTF-SOS DRS team members around the world.
- In Thailand we are providing immediate food relief and medical care after the floods. Follow this breaking news by clicking here.
- In Pakistan we are active in Khushpur (Punjab province), which is the home to seven thousand Catholics. The Church and CTF-SOS DRS have established a water filtration facility to curb water-borne disease. The filtration plant costs 2.2 million rupees (more than US$25,000). The Camillians will oversee changing water filters for the first year, after which the community is to manage the plant itself. The project is an extension of the CTF-SOS DRS relief efforts after heavy flooding ravaged the country last year. The organization constructed 53 houses, carried out 13 medical camps (in which 2,200 patients were treated) and provided warm clothes and bedding to 300 flood victims. Follow the news by clicking here.
- In East Africa our CTF-SOS DRS team continues to work with local Camillian Sisters and Fathers/Brothers. We are providing immediate food relief, potable water and mobile medical care. The famine in this region continues to greatly challenge the local resources of the Church. Click here to read more.
- In Haiti our team continues to serve those affected by the earthquake, cholera epidemic and living in the slum of Solino. On 15 March 2011, a report was issued by the University of California that predicted total infections would number up to 779,000 and total deaths up to 11,000 by November 2011, compared with earlier UN estimates that around 400,000 people would end up infected. Click here to read more.
“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
Please support our efforts around the world.
Please support our global mission and play a small role in making a big difference in the lives of the poor and the sick. A donation of
- $50 will provide immediate medical care and food to a family in Thailand.
- $100 will help us provide food and water for a family of 4 for 1 month in East Africa.
- $250 will contribute significantly towards our water filtration facility in Pakistan.
- $500 or more will go into our disaster relief fund and help us to respond immediately to disasters and to new outbreaks of disease like cholera.
The following link will direct you to the CTF/SOS DRS website where your donation will be processed through PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account you will need to set one up. It is relatively easy. Feel free to indicate exactly how you want your donation used by making a comment in the “note to seller” box.
You can also mail a check to the following address:
1039 East Russell Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
Make your check payable to: SOS DRS
Know that we are very grateful for your support and that you are in our prayers.
In Christ, through Mary –
Fr. Scott Binet, MD,MI
Camillian Task Force
President – SOS DRS (SOS Doctors)
SOS DRS is a non-profit organization and all donations may be deductible.
About SOS DRS: SOS DRS is a registered 501(c)3 organization in the USA and is an integral part of the Camillian Task Force, the international disaster relief organization of the Ministers of the Infirm, the Catholic Order founded by St. Camillus de Lellis in 1590. SOS DRS serve the medical, pastoral and humanitarian needs of people affected by man-made and natural disasters. SOS DRS is composed of lay people, priests, brothers and sisters who evangelize through healing and witness to the Catholic Faith.
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