Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praise be Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
Thanks be to God for your growth in holiness as you pray and
live the Mass and the Scriptures. We at Presentation Ministries
are privileged to be part of your life and love in the Lord through
our ministries, especially One Bread, One Body (OBOB). Thank
you for praying for us, distributing OBOB, and contributing
financially. Your obedience to the Holy Spirit makes it possible
for thousands of people to receive God's word.
In Mt 19:16, Jesus was asked by a young man, "Teacher, what
good must I do to possess eternal life?" This may be a question
you have asked yourself. In Mt 19:17, Jesus tells him and us to
"keep the commandments." This young man had the insight to
know that even though he kept the commandments, he still
lacked something. In the gospel, Jesus called him and is calling
us to give up our lives for God and "follow Me" (Mt 19:21). Are
you bearing your cross for the sake of Jesus and following Him?
Jesus tells us: "Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow
Me, cannot be My disciple" (Lk 14:27).
It seems that it is not enough to just keep the commandments.
We have to follow Jesus and sacrifice for the sake of God. Jesus
is calling us "to make disciples of all nations" and to do that, it
takes the sacrifice of giving our lives to Jesus. Lent is our chance
to "get in shape" by sacrificing our lives to God.
It is our mission at Presentation Ministries to help you, our
brothers and sisters in Jesus, to obtain a closer relationship with
Jesus through the word and through frequent use of the sacraments. In addition, we want to equip you to be true disciples of
Jesus through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We encourage you to
participate in our retreats (list of upcoming retreats) and our ministries. Let the Spirit work
in you and through you.
For a list of retreats coming up, please see the envelope flap in
the center of this book.
Thanks to you for all that you do for Jesus and His church.
Your Brothers in Jesus,
George Schmidl and Jerry Cappel
(Directors of Presentation Ministries)
February 1, 2005