Daily Thought from the Saints

"Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance."

— St. Vincent de Paul

Daily Scripture Verse

"What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Matthew 10:27-28

Daily Meditation

"Fear of the Lord does not mean to be afraid of God. St. John tells us that where there is love, there is no fear. Rather, fear of the Lord is to stand in awe and wonder before the greatness of the Lord. It is to recognize that God is the creator and we are the creatures. Fear of the Lord should lead us to praise and worship."
— Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM

"Thoughts from the Saints," Scripture Verse of the Day," and "Daily Meditation" are all taken from "Your Morning Offering" by The Catholic Company.

Welcome to CUSA!

What is CUSA?

CUSA is a way for people with chronic illness or disability to care for others like themselves through an online Christian support group.

If you bear some sort of physical, emotional, or mental disability or endure a chronic illness such as diabetes, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Post-Polio Syndrome, cerebral palsy, depression, bi-polar syndrome or any one of dozens of others, you know that no one completely understands what you are going through like someone who also bears that same illness or disability. CUSA is made up of individuals who bear these “crosses.”

If you are looking for someone with whom you can share your thoughts, someone in whom you can find support, we invite you to explore the possibility of becoming a member of CUSA. We think we are unique in that we provide comfort and companionship as well as explore the spirituality that underlies the Gospel command, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

CUSA is a community of people who are chronically ill or who have a some sort of physical or mental disability. We support one another through prayer and correspondence. Through our concern for one another, we forge a special relationship with our God as well as with one another. Our unity is born of a common situation and a common faith. Our bond goes beyond that of fraternal organizations or social clubs, for it is forged by the redemptive suffering of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our organization is based on the words of St. Paul who wrote in his Letter to the Colossians: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” (Colossians 1:24) It is not easy to rejoice in suffering or to endure chronic illness or disability day after day. To help with both, CUSA provides a way for members to encourage, care, and listen to one another. Please accept our invitation to become part of CUSA, to get to know us and how we have found God in the “dark corners” of life with illness or disability.

An Invitation to Join

Discover peace, joy, and compassion.

Come to a renewed awareness of Christ in your life as well as God’s will or purpose in your particular illness or disability. The application process begins by emailing or simply writing a letter of inquiry to our CUSA Administrator. Please contact Fr. Lawrence to learn more, to share your thoughts, or to join.


St. Francis Woods
9201 W. St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL  60423-8330


Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M.
CUSA Administrator