Late winter and early spring still means bitterly cold temperatures in Middleton, Wisconsin, located in the Diocese of Madison. As the cold lingers and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, families work to push through adversities towards the light at the end of the tunnel.
And thankfully, Sisters on the Frontlines have been there to bring relief to those families struggling most amidst the pandemic.
The Sisters on the Frontlines initiative aims to give $1,000 to 1,000 women religious to help those most adversely affected by the pandemic. One of these remarkable women religious, Sister Lynne Smith, a Benedictine Sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, planned to use her grant money to respond to the needs of Hispanic families in the area.
One struggling family had a large utility bill it couldn’t pay. The father lost his job earlier in the pandemic and now only has regained part-time work. He and his wife have four children, one of which has special needs. The mother stays at home to help her four children with their online schoolwork.
Sister Smith came through for the family, using all of her Sisters on the Frontlines grant to pay off their utility bill.
Upon having this burden lifted, the mother sent Sister Smith a deeply moving text message:
God didn’t forget me after all.”
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