Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16-14)
Love your neighbor. It’s what Jesus calls us to do. Just as we are part of one Church family, we are part of one human family.
Each time we pray for another person, each time we offer food or clothing to someone in need, each time we offer encouragement, each time we smile at a stranger – when we show kindness to our neighbor, we are connected in faith and love.
Jan Gilberto knows this. She is a woman of faith. And, like you, she is a friend of Dismas Ministry. For more than five years, Jan’s prayerful and financial support has helped sustain our mission.
When asked why she supports this outreach to prisoners – providing Catholic bibles, prayer books, study courses, and rosaries to the incarcerated – Jan is reminded of the story of St. Dismas, and she shared this:
Jesus turned to him. Dismas – a thief – responded to the tremendous grace from being next to Jesus on Calvary. He was the first to go home to heaven. What happened to Dismas is still relevant. By giving someone a bible or other spiritual materials they need, it is providing them with a way to change their life. Don’t let them languish in their incarceration, but, instead, offer them hope. Jesus, in His own agony, reached out to Dismas. It is an example for all of us.
We, at Dismas Ministry, cannot do this work without support from our friends and benefactors…like Jan and you. Together, we give the gift of hope to women and men behind bars who are in need of God’s love and mercy.
For your loving and prayerful support of Dismas Ministry, and those we serve, throughout the year, please be assured of our gratitude and prayers for you and your loved ones throughout this Christmas season.
May peace and joy be yours now and in the New Year!
Ms. Tyler Curtis