The God of love and peace shall be with you.

The God of love and peace shall be with you.

I want you to have something very special: Missionary Oblate Sympathy cards. These cards provide a precious gift to someone who is grieving - the gift of prayer.

When you send one of these cards you will be able to personalize it with the name of the departed loved one, who will then be prayed for in three special ways.

- They will be remembered at Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

- A Votive Candle will be lit at the Shrine in their honor.

- Elder and infirmed Oblate priests and brothers from throughout the United States will lift up the departed loved one during their daily prayers.

When I was looking at the Sympathy cards, I couldn't help but think of an extraordinary Oblate missionary in South Korea, Fr. Vincenzo Bordo, O.M.I. Father Vincenzo has been ministering to the homeless in Korea for nearly 30 years and recently shared with me this heartbreaking story.

A few years ago, Fr. Vincenzo was visiting his beloved homeless friends on the streets when a man approached with an unusual request. The man simply wanted Fr. Vincenzo's business card. Father Vincenzo gave him his card and thought nothing about the unusual request.

One day Fr. Vincenzo received a call from the police. They had discovered a homeless man frozen to death. There was no way to identify him and he had no possessions, except for Fr. Vincenzo's business card.

"I went to the hospital and checked my friend's face at the body archives. Yes, this was someone I knew," said Fr. Vincenzo. "I gave a prayer for my friend who was part of our family. There was nobody else. My heart hurt so much that tears kept flowing from my eyes."

Devastated that someone would die alone, Fr. Vincenzo vowed that any future unknown homeless person would be buried with love and dignity. So, he told the police to contact him whenever they can't identify someone who has died on the streets.

"Now if any unknown homeless person dies I, along with my staff, go and have a funeral for this person," said Fr. Vincenzo. "Our homeless friends live hard lives and when they die, they are often alone with nobody there to love them. They are filled with pain and loneliness. Nobody should ever die without being loved."

Nobody should ever die without being loved. And nobody should be without love during their time of grief. Here is how you can bless your loved ones with the gift of comfort during their time of grief and also support the work of Oblates like Fr. Vincenzo:

PETITIONS

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate will remember you and your loved ones in prayer. Send your petitions in to be remembered in Mass

Have the name of a deceased loved one placed on the Missionary Oblates' Sympathy Prayer Chain. They will be remembered in prayer by Oblates and friends around the world.

Gifts of Comfort

I have chosen some sympathy gifts that you can send to someone who is grieving. If you would like to have a Memorial for a departed loved one placed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, please call 1-888-330-6264.

Blessings of the Heart Bracelet    Cardinal Pearl Rosary with Prayer Card    Memories and Blessings Gift Set

Sympathy Cards

Send a Missionary Oblate Sympathy card, a Votive Candle will be lit in memory of the departed loved one. They will also be prayed for at Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at our three communities for elder and infirmed Oblates.

Under His Wings Card     Lord Welcome Home a Special Person Card

Votive Candle

A Votive Candle will be lit in memory of the departed loved one. The deceased will also be remembered in Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at our three communities for elder and infirmed Oblates.

Votive Candles    

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