|Nativity Icon in Magadan ,Russia where the Daughters of Charity serve.|
The Nativity is the cornerstone for the Crucifixion--the joy and the suffering closely linked. Yet, we are Resurrection people of faith. It is healing and salvation at the conclusion. Jesus came to proclaim the Good News--something which can be manifested here on earth.
Below is a link to an article about a work of the Daughters of Charity in Bethlehem who run an orphanage in a non-Christian area and culture. It is sad to think of how the children suffer being separated from family. It is also admirable how the mothers chose life despite the personal cost. Check it out:
We have missionary Sisters in Magadan, Russia. One is from here in the U.S. and the others are from Poland (the languages have more similarities). The Sisters minister to the people of the area left behind from the labor camps that had been there. Did you ever read With God in Russia? On the website of the parish are some of the stories of survivors of the labor camps. Just go to the link below.
The human spirit can be very resilient when it finds love--love at the Creche Orphangae in Bethlehem, love at the Catholic Church in Magadan. Can we include love in your presence?