Thursday, July 13, 2006

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

I wanted to highlight the good work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Founded by St. Eugene De Mazenod, they work in 71 countries around the world including Poland, England, France, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Madagascar, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Africa, China, Japan, Canada, the Philippines, Haiti, India, Brazil and the United States. They work with the poor, build seminaries, administer the sacraments, teach religious education, promote non-violence, acceptance and interfaith understanding.

They raise money by selling a large variety of mostly religious oriented gift items. They've got things such as rosaries, get well and Mass cards, calendars, candles, books, jewelry, statues, ornaments, fountains, wind chimes, gifts for men, women and children. They have gifts specifically for the holidays, for special occasions and for people touched by cancer.

One recent addition is their "Fair Trade" gifts. This consists of handbags handmade in Bangladesh, in three different sizes, which support fair wages, good working conditions and community support in that country.

Check out their website the next time you need a gift item for someone, or to treat yourself!

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"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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