During the Lenten season, we prepare to reestablish the Lord as the center of our lives, through fasting, increased prayer, and special acts of charity; I thank you for allowing the AMS to be with and bring the sacraments to service members, Veterans, and their families.
Lent serves as a reminder that what is at times taken for granted, often requires great sacrifices. Christ, in order to bring salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit to the world, chose to endure His Passion. In a similar way, members of the military and their families offer their service and sacrifice so that you and I can experience peace and freedom in a hectic and chaotic world.
Moreover, Lent is a time for us to reflect on God’s infinite love. Through His passion and resurrection, Christ not only gave the world salvation but also gave Himself in the Eucharist– the real, true, and substantial presence of Christ. Christ took on our human condition to share our suffering and bring us closer to the Father’s unconditional love. A teacher to the very end, we are given a model by which to remain faithful in God’s providence and of His constant accompaniment in our lives
If it is within your means, I humbly ask you to renew your support of the AMS for this year. Your gift greatly helps the AMS continue to strengthen and grow programs that support chaplains and more importantly, ensure service members always have access to the sacraments.
Last year, with your faithful support, AMS priests celebrated the Eucharist over 45,000 times, celebrated over 4,000 confirmations, baptisms, and holy matrimony in the United States, Europe, and Asia; and anointed over 25,000 infirm veterans undergoing care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Each one of us uniquely experiences His divine love, we feel His embrace and share it with our brothers and sisters so they, too, can remain in Him. AMS priests would not be able to be present in times of celebration and difficulty without you. Thank you!
As always, please keep service members, their families, and the chaplains who accompany them in your fervent prayers.
Wishing you a Holy and blessed Lent, I remain
Sincerely in Christ,
(The Most Reverend) Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
Archbishop for the Military Services, USA