P1020193As our Ursuline Facebook  recently communicated, Sr. Margaret Mary Cain, Ursuline missionary in Brazil for 58 years, came last week for one of her rare visits home.  Let me say with certainty, her brief stay brought joy to many.

The energy and enthusiasm of this woman fills a room. She shares about the latest efforts of evangelization in Brazil, everyone’s love for Pope Francis, a recent assembly of people from small villages singing and celebrating God’s presence. She’s just as interested in us, her home American province, and all that engages us these days.

The ChristI’ve seen her in action in Brazil.  She’s given herself tirelessly to education, leadership and living among the very poor. She’s becoming an “elder” now,  with experience and wisdom, but continues to serve however she is asked: translating, accompanying the young, reaching out to the sick.  Her love for those most in need shines in everything she’s about.  I know that’s because her heart is centered in the One who called her to be a missionary so many years ago.

We are all missionaries—sent to bring the love of Christ to the poor, weary and lonely all around us.  How will we embrace our mission today?  How might God be calling us to respond in the future?