Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praise Jesus our Lord and Savior!
This is truly a special edition of One Bread, One Body (OBOB) because it contains the last written words of Fr. Al Lauer, written to us before his death on October 13, 2002. If you are a regular reader of OBOB, you probably already know that Fr. Albert Lauer is the beloved founder of Presentation Ministries and the author of about 95% of the scriptural reflections that make up this OBOB booklet. The Holy Spirit certainly worked through Fr. Al and we pray that the Holy Spirit continues to work through us.
Father Al asked us not only to continue this work, but to work to
make it grow, to spread the words of Jesus to all nations as Jesus had
told us in Mark 16:15. Through your help and the help of the Holy
Spirit, that is what we have done and will continue to do. The
reflections for future OBOB booklets will be a 50/50 blend of past
reflections from Fr. Al (he wrote these for 20 years) and those of our
staff here at PM.
On behalf of those involved in PM (our co-workers, those in home
based communities, and our distributors), I ask each of you reading
- Stop and say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Father Al. Earlier in the year of 2002, at the funeral of Fr. Charles, a dear friend of his, Fr. Al mentioned in his homily that we should pray for him upon his death. May he enjoy eternal life! Ask Fr. Al to pray for us and intercede for us.
- Take the time and reflect upon your life. Ask yourself: have I truly given my life for God? Fr. Al taught us over and over that anything good on this earth only comes through sacrifice. Jesus shows us the way. The saints showed us the way. And Fr. Al showed us the way! Pick up your cross (Lk 14:27) and carry it for Jesus and His Church. If you haven't given your life to God, please do it right now. Jesus, I give my entire life to You!
- Pray to and for the Holy Spirit to continually renew your life, those of us in Presentation Ministries, and our Pope, bishops, and priests (2 Tm 1:6-7). We pray that you receive the Holy Spirit and accept God's salvation already given (Ti 3:5-7).
Thanks to you for all that you do for Jesus and His Church.
George Schmidi and Jerry Cappel
(Directors of Presentation Ministries)
For more information on salvation, ask for tape AV 43-1.
August 1, 2004