The Crusader #324 - May 2018

Bulletin of the Eucharistic Crusade for Children in Australia

Dear Crusaders and Friends,

          Much more “life” this time among the members. If you look on the back of this magazine you will see 76 treasures were turned in.

          Enough of you are alive to make my heart stop bleeding, but not yet enough to close up the wounds. Let those 76 “living” Crusaders pray hard this month that many of the 154 “dead” Crusaders may come back to life. Remember, I want even your late treasure sheets to pass them on to Jesus.

          It is once again the month of May, the month of Mary, the Mother of God. She was sinless; she was holy; she was so good; she was so strong; she was so beautiful. But why use the word “was”, she still is sinless, holy, good, strong, beautiful, and a thousand other praiseworthy things besides. All these things should make us admire her, love her, and draw us close to her. Yet, there are some of us who might feel embarrassed because we are so unlike her due to our imperfections. Others might be ashamed because we seem to be the exact opposite of her due to our sins.

          But what does our Lady feel toward us? Does she feel disgust when she sees us poor sinners? Does she feel contempt when she sees our weakness and failures? Not a chance in the world! She is a mother. A mother’s heart cannot see a weakling or even a sinner without having a loving compassion and pity for her child that suffers in this way. But she is also a queen and thus has power to strengthen that weakness, to bring that sinner to Jesus’ forgiveness and mercy.

          Never be discouraged by your forgetfulness and failures in your prayers, communions, sacrifices, and apostolate! Never be discouraged by your repeated sins of disobedience, or anger, or any other sin! Never be discouraged even by mortal sin! Our Mother, our Queen is near us. Call out to her for help and strength to start again to offer your prayers, communions, sacrifices, and apostolate as a true “living” Crusader. Call out to her for help and strength to start again to be obedient, patient, kind, chaste, etc. Call out to her as often as you are tempted; call out to her as often as you fall. She will always be there for you.

Yours in Jesus & Mary,
Fr. Benjamin Campbell