"A man came to the church one day in mid-August," Fr. Juvenal recalled, "requesting prayers for his sick daughter in the village."
"A man came to the church one day in mid-August," Fr. Juvenal recalled, "requesting prayers for his sick daughter in the village." His daughter, Isabela, had been ill and bed-ridden for months and had developed a large, red welt on her face. The local hospital's treatment had been unsuccessful, and further treatment required expensive testing.
Fr. Juvenal – one of OCMC’s missionaries serving in Guatemala – visited Isabela a few times, bringing Holy Communion to her, praying with her, and offering the sacrament of Holy Unction to her. On his last visit, incredibly, Isabela was out of her bed and feeling much better, and the welt soon disappeared. "Seeing this, I marveled at the power of the prayers and sacred mysteries of the Church!" exclaimed Fr. Juvenal.
Our missionaries, like Fr. Juvenal, remind us to follow Christ’s direction to "seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness." Amidst the challenges of the world, He can bring us healing of both soul and body. It's the work of the Church, which is a hospital for body and soul, to invite people into that relationship with Christ, and our missionaries work tirelessly to share that with the world.
Glory to God!