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Hello, friends! I hope this story reaches you well and that God touch you in the depths of your heart. All we need to do is open them and our world CHANGES! Blessings, Pat.

July 08, 2008

Retreat experience

July 8th, 2008

Dear Family and Friends,

I would like to thank those who prayed for us during these past few days and those whose support make this Ministry possible.

The experience of the Retreat that I shared with some of the Directors and key personal of the Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage over the past few days was a blessed time.

We prayed, reflected and tried to penetrate and discover in depth the dream of Fr. Wasson. What a truly amazing man and Priest! He started in Mexico in the early 1950´s with 12 abandoned children and soon found himself taking on 600 kids.

Soon afterwards there was another request for to care for another large group of kids, who were orphanged as a result of a natural disaster. His response to one of the adult helpers in the program who informed him that it was ¨impossible to feed any more kids¨, was that first before deciding we ¨must consult¨with the kids and see what they think!

The childrens repley was ¨we will share ¨the little that we have with them, let them come¨!

The amazing discovery was, as we studied the Sermon on the mountain and listened to stories of the directors and participants in the Retreat (many of whom were raised by Father Wasson) was that it was the poor who taught the Master, as much as the Teacher who gave lessons to the children. Blessed indeed are the humble and simple of this earth.

Since the beginning of this groups existence, Fr. Wasson said to his kids, time and time again: ¨I am your Father. You are my son. We are a family¨. And that is how they got their names as little brothers and sisters.

This is a family of the little ones of this earth, of the poor, the children of the poor. The kids in this place have not only been given the hope of a new future, but also the hope of a new family where the practice of Jesus message of the Sermon on the Mountain is the heart of the Mission.

My work is to try to teach this in Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. Thank you for being a part of it.

And for us, how can we make these words, the core meaning of life as disciples of Jesus, take on a new meaning in our life?

" Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you."