Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friar Michael Reyes OFM and Sister Nelia OSC

Friar Michael Reyes OFM  was ordained to the priesthood on January 16, 2016 at the Church of Saint Francis Assisi, in New York City.  Friar Andrew Reitz OFM  is the pastor of that Church.  Bishop Roberto Gonzalez OFM consecrated Michael to the priesthood and also gave the homily at the Mass.
Today, January 28, Friar Michael said one of his first Masses in our Monastery and gave us his first blessing.  
Our Sister Nelia renewed her vows today as well. So the day was very special to her and to us.

No pictures of Sister Nelia by her request.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday January 26

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident..

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Do not keep this letter.

Send it to friends & family to whom you wish good fortune


Friday, January 22, 2016

March for Life 2016

Pope Francis' Message for World Communications Day

Complete text of the Pope Francis' message for the 50th World Communications Day

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.

As sons and daughters of God, we are called to communicate with everyone, without exception. In a particular way, the Church’s words and actions are all meant to convey mercy, to touch people’s hearts and to sustain them on their journey to that fullness of life which Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to bring to all. This means that we ourselves must be willing to accept the warmth of Mother Church and to share that warmth with others, so that Jesus may be known and loved. That warmth is what gives substance to the word of faith; by our preaching and witness, it ignites the "spark” which gives them life.

Communication has the power to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion, and thus to enrich society. How beautiful it is when people select their words and actions with care, in the effort to avoid misunderstandings, to heal wounded memories and to build peace and harmony. 

Words can build bridges between individuals and within families, social groups and peoples. This is possible both in the material world and the digital world. Our words and actions should be such as to help us all escape the vicious circles of condemnation and vengeance which continue to ensnare individuals and nations, encouraging expressions of hatred. The words of Christians ought to be a constant encouragement to communion and, even in those cases where they must firmly condemn evil, they should never try to rupture relationships and communication.

For this reason, I would like to invite all people of good will to rediscover the power of mercy to heal wounded relationships and to restore peace and harmony to families and communities. All of us know how many ways ancient wounds and lingering resentments can entrap individuals and stand in the way of communication and reconciliation. The same holds true for relationships between peoples. In every case, mercy is able to create a new kind of speech and dialogue. Shakespeare put it eloquently when he said: "The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: it blesseth him that gives and him that takes” (The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I).

Our political and diplomatic language would do well to be inspired by mercy, which never loses hope. I ask those with institutional and political responsibility, and those charged with forming public opinion, to remain especially attentive to the way they speak of those who think or act differently or those who may have made mistakes. It is easy to yield to the temptation to exploit such situations to stoke the flames of mistrust, fear and hatred. Instead, courage is needed to guide people towards processes of reconciliation. It is precisely such positive and creative boldness which offers real solutions to ancient conflicts and the opportunity to build lasting peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt 5:7-9)

How I wish that our own way of communicating, as well as our service as pastors of the Church, may never suggest a prideful and triumphant superiority over an enemy, or demean those whom the world considers lost and easily discarded. Mercy can help mitigate life’s troubles and offer warmth to those who have known only the coldness of judgment. May our way of communicating help to overcome the mindset that neatly separates sinners from the righteous. We can and we must judge situations of sin – such as violence, corruption and exploitation – but we may not judge individuals, since only God can see into the depths of their hearts. It is our task to admonish those who err and to denounce the evil and injustice of certain ways of acting, for the sake of setting victims free and raising up those who have fallen. The Gospel of John tells us that "the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). The truth is ultimately Christ himself, whose gentle mercy is the yardstick for measuring the way we proclaim the truth and condemn injustice. Our primary task is to uphold the truth with love (cf. Eph 4:15). Only words spoken with love and accompanied by meekness and mercy can touch our sinful hearts. Harsh and moralistic words and actions risk further alienating those whom we wish to lead to conversion and freedom, reinforcing their sense of rejection and defensiveness.

Some feel that a vision of society rooted in mercy is hopelessly idealistic or excessively indulgent. But let us try and recall our first experience of relationships, within our families. Our parents loved us and valued us for who we are more than for our abilities and achievements. 

Parents naturally want the best for their children, but that love is never dependent on their meeting certain conditions. The family home is one place where we are always welcome (cf. Lk 15:11-32). 

I would like to encourage everyone to see society not as a forum where strangers compete and try to come out on top, but above all as a home or a family, where the door is always open and where everyone feels welcome.

For this to happen, we must first listen. Communicating means sharing, and sharing demands listening and acceptance. Listening is much more than simply hearing. Hearing is about receiving information, while listening is about communication, and calls for closeness. Listening allows us to get things right, and not simply to be passive onlookers, users or consumers. Listening also means being able to share questions and doubts, to journey side by side, to banish all claims to absolute power and to put our abilities and gifts at the service of the common good.

Listening is never easy. Many times it is easier to play deaf. Listening means paying attention, wanting to understand, to value, to respect and to ponder what the other person says. It involves a sort of martyrdom or self-sacrifice, as we try to imitate Moses before the burning bush: we have to remove our sandals when standing on the "holy ground” of our encounter with the one who speaks to me (cf. Ex 3:5). Knowing how to listen is an immense grace, it is a gift which we need to ask for and then make every effort to practice.

Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication. It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal. Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups. The digital world is a public square, a meeting-place where we can either encourage or demean one another, engage in a meaningful discussion or unfair attacks. I pray that this Jubilee Year, lived in mercy, "may open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; and that it may eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination” (Misericordiae Vultus, 23). The internet can help us to be better citizens. Access to digital networks entails a responsibility for our neighbour whom we do not see but who is nonetheless real and has a dignity which must be respected. The internet can be used wisely to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing.

Communication, wherever and however it takes place, has opened up broader horizons for many people. This is a gift of God which involves a great responsibility. I like to refer to this power of communication as "closeness”. The encounter between communication and mercy will be fruitful to the degree that it generates a closeness which cares, comforts, heals, accompanies and celebrates. In a broken, fragmented and polarized world, to communicate with mercy means to help create a healthy, free and fraternal closeness between the children of God and all our brothers and sisters in the one human family.

From the Vatican, 24 January 2016 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Year of Mercy: Forgiveness, Joy and Confession

Thursday Feast of Saint Agnes and special Day for Our Sister Agnes

Sister Agnes Valimont OSC of chesterfield is celebration her feast Day today.
we will have a festive dinner.

Agnes of Rome (c. 291 – c. 304) is a virginmartyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic ChurchEastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism. She is one of seven women, who along with the Blessed Virgin, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is the patron saint of chastitygardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape survivors, virgins, and the Children of Mary.
Agnes is depicted in art with a lamb, as the Latin word for "lamb", agnus, sounds like her name. The name "Agnes" is actually derived from the feminine Greek adjectivehagnē (ἁγνή) meaning "chaste, pure, sacred".
Agnes' feast day is 21 January. In pre-1970 versions of the General Roman Calendar an additional feast of the same saint is given one week later, on 28 January (see Tridentine Calendar). The 1969 revision removed this as a duplication of the 21 January feast.[1]

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday January 20

Jesus heals the man with a withered hand. Our hands are so necessary to us moving about and taking care of ourselves.  Our hands also our necessary to help others.  
Let's give a helping hand to someone in our family and than reach out to society.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Love is the answer to violence

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate...Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mercy workshop -Thursday January 14

Sister Marcy Springer SSJ gave us a workshop using the DVD "Mercy , The Heart of Faith, the Reason for Hope by Father Dan Crosby. "  Since this is the Jubilee Year of Mercy we are
immersing ourselves in the topic of Mercy and trying to put these good tools into practice.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday 11, Ordinary Time Meditation

Ordinary Time

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.
Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sunday The Baptism of Jesus



by achristianpilgrim
(A biblical reflection on THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD – Sunday, 10 January 2016)
Gospel Reading: Luke 3:15-16,21-22 
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalms: Psalm 104:1-4,24-25,27-30; Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14;3:4-7 
The Scripture Text
As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but He who is mightier that I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art My beloved Son; with Thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:15-16,21-22 RSV)
“Thou art My beloved Son; with Thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).
These words were heard at Jesus’ baptism, when He began His public ministry. They might more poignantly have been repeated at the end of that ministry, when Jesus “breathed His last” (Luke 23:46). The point is that throughout His life Jesus was beloved of the Father and pleased Him.
That is why not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well points to Jesus and looks to Him. When Peter first preached to Cornelius, he proclaimed Jesus’ lordship over all – His anointing with the Holy Spirit and with power (Acts 10:36-38). But long before Peter, the prophet Isaiah had eloquently pointed to the Messiah as God’s chosen one in whom He delighted (Isaiah 42:1).
BAPTISAN YESUS DI S. YORDAN - 2We also need to look to Jesus, center our lives on Him, and learn who He is. Too often we center on ourselves, even in our spirituality, seeking to become better, more holy, more joyful. But the Father’s joy rested on Jesus; the Spirit’s joy is to teach us who Jesus is. Jesus is truly and fully human, and truly and fully divine. In His humanity, He is what we are to become – fully alive, fully open to God, fully realizing our potential as beings created in the image and likeness of God.
John the Baptist knew that Jesus was different, but it took the Holy Spirit to teach him that “this is the Son of God” (John 1:34). The disciples spent years with Him, only gradually realizing that what made Jesus so different from them in thought, word, and action. It was only after the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost that they were able to begin preaching who Jesus truly is.
As the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at His baptism, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will descend upon us anew, that He will deepen the revelation of Jesus as the beloved in whom the Father and the Holy Spirit delight.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, enroll us in the school of Christ so we may learn from Him. May we seek to diminish so that Christ my increase in us; and when our heavenly Father looks at us, may He see a people who have become like His Son, and declare Himself well pleased. Glory be to Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Jakarta, 7 January 2016  
A Christian Pilgrim

Friday, January 8, 2016

Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus
The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. This event is recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John's gospel does not directly describe Jesus' baptism. Most modern theologians view the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist as an historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned if religious texts are taken at face value.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Monday to Friday Workshop on Mercy

Father Peter Cebulka, of the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri and a long time friend of our Community, is giving us a workshop on God's Wide Mercy since we have begun the jubilee Year of Mercy. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis declared this extraordinary jubilee beginning December 8th the Feast of the Immaculate Conception  2015 until November  20, the Feast of Christ the King of the Universe in order to call us to see all our sisters and brothers with the eyes of mercy.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Saint Clare and TV

Saint Clare is considered the patroness of TV
because on Christmas Eve around 1250 or so Clare was too sick to go to the chapel to attend Mass but she was able to see the Mass in her sick room as tradition tells the story.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

From the Poor Ladies of Chesterfield, NJ

A Holy ,Healthy, and Grace Filled New Year to
all our friends and relatives and to all the Poor Clares throughout the World.
To all in the Franciscan Order.

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