This is a post from our parish St. Anne in Gilbert Arizona. Thank you so much Father Sergio for your very kind words and encouragement.
Our parish, thank God, is a place where one can find people of great heart. I sincerely believe that among us there are very beautiful souls in the eyes of the Lord. People who give but especially offer themselves; People who serve to the point of giving it all. Men and women, who are generous beyond all measure and that, when offered to God, do with big heart. I would like to introduce you to some of those “good people”.
The Giebel family are truly missed. A year ago, they were regular parishioners of St. Anne. Often they could be seen at the High Mass, at eleven o’clock, in one of the first pews. Mary and Lou always came with their two youngest sons, Peter and Andrew. Rachel, the only daughter, was one of the pilgrims who went to Santiago de Compostela last summer with the ministry of Catholics in Action of Saint Anne. If she hasn’t changed jobs recently, she is actively helping Catholic Charities in Flagstaff.
The Giebel family is no longer with us. At times I find myself looking for them, but their absence reminds me that the world is very large, and the horizons of those who want to serve God are always as big as the sea. For this past summer they decided to sell their home, leave all their belongings and their friends behind and jump into the unknown terrain of missions. They are forming themselves to become a missionary family abroad!
It takes a lot of courage, and love for Christ, to do something like the Giebel family has set out to do. Their trust in God has been such that they have left everything to follow Jesus. Mary herself says, “Well, after working for the tel-com business for 30 years Lou came to the realization that all that he had been working on over the years became obsolete and irrelevant so quickly; that nothing lasted. God then changed his heart to want to do more for His kingdom, something that is going to last. As for me, well I had nothing better to do. Literally, I had nothing better to do!! “… lead me in the way everlasting.”
They have written us asking for our prayers. They are now in Abbeville, Louisiana, where they will remain for three months before leaving the United States, towards the unknown. They need our prayers. Prayers, prayers and more prayers. Also, if anyone can and would like to help them financially, you can visit this link:
. There, you will also be able to read about their adventures on their mission, where shortly, they will be departing into the unknown with nothing, but at the same time, with EVERYTHING. Well, doesn’t St. Paul say we have to lose everything to gain Christ?
May the example of our parishioners help us feel very proud of our community and that, seeing how generous the Giebel family is & also encourage ourselves not to guard anything for us and give ourselves full & selflessly for God and others.