DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 19-21, 1998     vol. 9, no. 119

SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

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    INTRODUCTION
          With the messages for the world having been concluded three years ago, slowly the public "Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart" has been able to return to the fullness of being Cyndi Cain, wife and mother (roles she never abandoned even for a moment during the public years). However, after much prayer and discernment, she feels strongly that there is much God wishes her to share, for He continually teaches us in our hearts and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are to share, to learn, to grow and to be there for one another, as He is always there for us.

          In each weekend issue she hopes to find the time in a busy schedule of caring for a sick child, schooling another son, and the regular work of keeping up a home not to mention helping with the ministry, to write a few lines in sharing with all the experiences and lessons learned in her own introspection. Cyndi has chosen to call her few words, humble and poor in the face of the Almighty, "SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING", for He has placed these words in her heart. To suffer: How all hate the thought, and how, when one is a mother who is faced with the onset of an illness for which the cure may be years away we feel our hearts break in many places. Yet, God hears a beautiful melody here. The angels hear it, too, and so do the saints. The melody reaches to the Heavens and joins with the unending chorus of all the hosts of Heaven praising God. It is Cyndi's sincerest hope that perhaps, together with the reader, we can take our sufferings, which are different yet similar, and place them into this great hymn of praise to the Creator, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and learn to make beautiful music unto the Lord. Below is her sixth stanza.

Some notes can be pretty flat in the Symphony of Suffering
part two

          We have watched with saddened hearts as the number of loyal subscribers has dwindled over the past two years. Because we are no longer publishing a print issue, many feel donations are not necessary. They fail to realize the importance of evangelizing on the web and the frequency we bring the Word of God to all: Daily. We have watched as the very few appeals we've made for financial help, not to mention the spiritual prayers we always seek first and foremost, have fallen on deaf ears and stone-cold hearts.

          The on-line publication the DAILY CATHOLIC, which we've made free to the entire world, is one of the best Catholic publications anywhere. It's there everyday. It's absolutely free. We do not try in any way to take anyone away from another apostolate. In fact, we promote the others as well. We do not play that one-upsmanship game. We don't clamor to take benefactors away from Mother Angelica, or any other Catholic services, be that service on-line or not.

          We have asked for help, because we have believed for eight years, and continue to believe and somehow know in our hearts, that the ministry and apostolate of Mir-A-Call Center is not finished. Our Lord has instructed us to expect changes, but to keep going forward.

          Why does no one help?

          Why do people erroneously believe that non-profit means something contrary to its very definition?

          Why do the people assume, incorrectly, that as a non-profit, we somehow must be overwhelmed with volunteers, with financial assistance from around the globe, and that my husband and I do little, if anything, to make the ministry all that God seeks of it? The truth is that the ministry, which began through the locutions to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, and continued through the tireless efforts of my husband, Mike, as editor and executive director of the Center, has always been just the two of us. It has been, as Mike often says, a "labor of love for Love" since day one.

          God gave us a gift, a challenge, a cross. He asked us to use the gift and to go out and spread the word to the entire world, to everyone without exception. He challenged our faith, and continues to do so to this day. He has been perfecting us in the way of perseverance, in the manner of utter confidence in Him alone, while permitting us, as we are in our current crisis, to feel what it is to be the poorest of the poor, the shunned, unwanted, the disciples who are driven from place to place because the "Good News" of the Gospel is not wanted, even by those who profess it, but who, in truth, seek to live that "Good News" for their own benefit, and not God's.

          Now, God has brought us to that eleventh hour and counting.

          Without your prayers, which must always be first, and without your financial help, the apostolate of Mir-A-Call Center will end after nearly nine years that have produced great fruits and conversions, which people from all over the world have written us in testimony. But without the necessary funds to continue, no one can get blood from a turnip. Therefore this ministry will simply fade from existence because no one cared anymore. In not caring about the apostolate, which is God's, not ours, then we, as God's servants and instruments, nothing more or less, the faithful of Mary's little army, those who hunger for the Word, who hunger to know and love Jesus better each day, will have failed their calling as well.

          We are not in this thing for ourselves, but for Him, and because of Him, for the entire world.

          You suffer. You hurt. You are in financial straits as well. You have illness, heartache, pains, anguish, and you see that it might just be easier if you go along with the flow of the mainstream of today's society. You have your cross to carry, and Mike and I, along with our sons, are the first to acknowledge that before God.

          However, for the Symphony of Suffering to be joined to the Eternal, Divine Symphony, are we not obligated, through Love, to share those crosses with one another in a holy way? Are we not also obligated, through Love, to do more than merely "listen" and "sympathize"? Are we not, then, because of Divine Love, obligated before God to reach out to one another? Are we not commanded by God to live the Faith we've been given, which tells us over and over that we must be there for one another in the good times as well as the bad times, and to seek, at all times, to respect the other person and their calling in life.

          Mike and I have been called to evangelize in a specific way, and in doing this, to surrender to God our all, to give up everything, in order to Trust in Him for what we need.

          Therefore, today, in this sharing, I come to tell you that without you in the Symphony of Suffering, there will be many chords missing in the melody. Without your help and encouragement and belief that this ministry is for God and from God, then we shall have no choice but to cease the work. What will we say to God when we come face to face with Him?

          Did we try? Did we Trust in Him? Did we seek to do only His Will and never our own? Did we not ask and beg as He asked and begged? Did we not give everything, even to our children, for His Name's sake, only to be scorned and ridiculed by many? Did we not seek to help ourselves, as He also commands us in Scripture, seeking every recourse to maintain the necessities of life for our sons, and then for ourselves? Did we not, in the face of adversity, continue to praise His Holy Name and accept all things as from His Divine Hand?

          Did we not mourn, weep, cry out, and sigh with hearts overflowing with concern for our son; and were not those things done with faith and in utmost trust?

          Did we not seek to inform His children of this situation, and in Love to ask for their help - not because we are "different or special", but because He sees each one of us and knows we are "special" to Him, and asks that we all work together in unity of the Holy Spirit, to evangelize to all the world?

          What will He say to us? What will He say to you?

          I don't know. That is yet to come.

          But in the Symphony of Suffering, I have come to understand from Our Lord that it is in obedience that our melody is perfected, that it is in humility that the chords are written, that it is in faith and hope and trust and love that the melody is elevated, joined with the Cross of Our Lord, and in the giving of ourselves totally, that the melody of suffering, its full symphony, is joined with the Heavenly Chorus that eternally praises the Holy Trinity.

            Now, we must all ask ourselves?
      Will I (we) be found wanting?
      What, then, must I (we) do for Him?
      He will tell me (you).
      Will we listen?
      Will we obey?
      Therein lies our faith.
      Therein lies our hope.
      Therein lies the measure of our love.

            Again, if you would like to help this ministry, in dire need of a transfusion, you can make a contribution by clicking on WE NEED YOUR HELP. Thank you and may God bless you.

Cyndi Cain


June 19-21, 1998       volume 9, no. 119
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