my mother survived the wwii japanese occupation in the northern philippines. for about eight months, she and my aunt were sent into the hills about five miles from their hometown candon ilocos sur to be safe from the soldiers.
other young girls were not so fortunate.
their brother, david, brought them rice once a week under the cloak of darkness. it was survival mode for them. these are the consequences of war that leaders do not usually consider. war brings countless sins and suffering
i have been thinking a lot about the women and children who are currently fleeing russia’s invasion of ukraine. the numbers are staggering; each person has a story.
we have a claretian community in western ukraine who are helping the refugees. on facebook, on of our priest, fr wojciech, is documenting what he sees there ( https://www.facebook.com/wojciech.kobylinski.35 )
if you would like to pray for and/or financially support our work in ukraine, you can do that through our usa-canadian province ministry of the shrine of st jude. please look at:
Support and Prayers for Ukraine
let us pray: