Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday November 21 Mary's Presentation

Mary began her yes to God at an early age.
Grace was given her but she continued to be more fruitful through her openness to God's will daily.
We pray that we will always be open to God's will in our lives
and opened to the Grace that God sends us daily.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday October 23, 2017

    Our latest picture of our community.
Back row Left to right Sisters Frances, Patricia, Karen, Barbara, Mary Frances, Etta, Miriam and Kathi(postulant)
First row, Left to right Sisters Nelia, Donna, Natalie (seated), Agnes and Florence.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sister Natalie's 100th Birthday October 6th

We all had a wonderful time. Sister Barbara cooked the meal. with sister Frances and presents were opened and viewed.
all had a great time.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Feast of Saint Francis October 4th


SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI – Memoria: 4 October

by achristianpilgrim
Saint Francis of Assisi is a complex and a multi-faceted figure. The more one seeks to understand the secret of his greatness, the more do new and unforeseen elements emerge which expand his personality and the manifestation of his deep spirituality.
The Saint of Assisi, according to the evaluation of more objective historians, is a colossus; just as Dante Alighieri, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti were in their fields. The human side of his person is no less surprising than his spiritual and mystical side, because Francis the man, with his gifts and qualities, immediately reminds us of the saint of love, of poverty, of peace, of poetry, of fraternity, of the perfect following of Jesus Christ. In him the union of human with the supernatural create such a blend that he is seen always and everywhere immersed in an atmosphere of sweet and intimate converse with God.
Saint Francis had a personality gifted by God. But he was also a person who knew how to follow all he interior inspirations of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of divine grace. In him one must note continually this joyous correspondence, this harmony, this equilibrium, founded in faith, animated by charity, and sustained by hope. The religious and scriptural data became for him the constant norm and rule of life, of things believed, loved, and lived in God and for God. God was truly "his all".
All this was experienced by his first companions. He appeared in their eyes as the perfect imitator of Jesus Christ, as an exceptional creature, as a living miracle, as a kind of mystery. The traces of similarity with the poor and obedient Christ were so obvious in him that it seemed possible to say that in no other man did the living image of the Redeemer shine forth as it did in Francis, so that they who came to know him or were familiar with him saluted him as another Christ. As such, in the judgment of Pope Pius XI, he will remain for future generations. [Adapted from Lombardi, OFM, INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF FRANCISCANISM, page 1]
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You made Saint Francis of Assisi Christ-like in his poverty and humility. Help us so to walk in his ways that, with joy and love, we may follow Christ Your Son, and be united to You. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 4 October 2017
A Christian Pilgrim
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday September 14- Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Today we celebrate the exaltation of the Cross.
The Church is fond of comparing the Cross to a tree, especially the tree of knowledge in paradise. In support of this we may first of all cite the words of the Preface for Mass: "It was Your will that from the wood of the Cross our salvation should go forth.  From a tree came death, from a tree also should come forth life.  He who triumphed on a tree (i.e., the devil) should also be defeated on a tree. "

There are passages in which the liturgy gives evidence that the Sign of the Cross has sacramental efficacy. the sign of the Cross puts the devil to flight.
from  The Church's Year of Grace by Dr. Pius Parsch

Friday, September 8, 2017

The White Pine - a Symbol of Peace

Sister Patrice Klausing who is a counselor at Alvernia  University in Reading , Pennsylvania  spent a week in Retreat here at the Monastery. While meditating on our surroundings ,Sister Patrice did some research on the tree the White Pine  and  shared it with us.  
It is very moving to think that the Native Americans looked on the White Pine as a sign of Peace.

We are grateful to her for sharing this  article  with us.

by Sister Patrice Klausing OSF 

Someone once described “coincidence” as God choosing to work a miracle and remaining anonymous. I also see it as the Holy Spirit directing discerning hearts and then waiting to reveal the full meaning at another time. Such, I think, is the story of how you came to live on White Pine Road. 
The Native Americans of the Iroquois and Algonquin tribes lived, among other places, along the shores and in the woodlands of what is now considered the Eastern half of the United States. An Iroquois man named Dekanawidah began to talk about the concept of peace and for this, he was completely misunderstood and isolated in a culture where war was a way of life. However, he persisted, and in time his people began to embrace the idea that peace had value. Dekanawidah chose the white pine as the symbol of peace, thus making the tree “The Tree of Peace.”  
The tree had four symbolic roots, The Great White Roots of peace extending north, south, east, and west. It also encompassed Dekanawidah's three aspects of peace: • The Good Word, which is righteousness in action, bringing justice for all; • Health, which is a sound mind in a sound body, bringing peace on Earth; • Power, which is the establishment of civil authority, bringing with it the increase in spiritual power in keeping with the will of the Master of Life. 
Eventually, the Algonquin tribes, which include both the Lenni Lenape and the Delaware who were both native to New Jersey and to this place, adopted the white pine as their peace symbol. I first learned of this when Bari, a Native American woman with a PhD in ethnobotany (the study of how native peoples used all the green, growing things in their environment) was leading a group of us on a tour of our Provincial House and Retreat Center grounds in Connecticut. When she came to the stand of white pines outside our chapel, she asked us to be silent and she knelt on the ground. She then told us that White Pines were sacred; that they were the tallest tree in the eastern half of the United States; that some white pines grow in “Cathedral” formations; and that they were the only place where Algonquins could bury weapons of war. After a tribal war or skirmish, the peace treaty was sealed by literally burying the battle weapons under a white pine tree. Sometimes, they even dug up the tree, placed the weapons in the hole and then replanted the tree directly over the weapons so that the tools of war were literally transformed into symbols of peace. I cannot help but remember the words of Scripture:  “They will beat their swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2: 4). 
So, no, I don't think that it's an accident or some random happenstance  that you, the daughters and sisters of Clare of Assisi, a woman who created peace in her own day, are now living on a road called “White Pine,” one of the earliest symbols of peace in this land. • Given to the Poor Clares of Chesterfield, New Jersey, whose Monastery is adjacent to a pine tree farm, on September 8, 2017. • Much of this information came from Bari, the woman mentioned above. Details were fleshed out by Googling “white pine symbol of peace” and using information found on Wikipedia that was confirmed by several other highly reliable sources. • “Dekanawidah” is often spelled “Deganawidah.” 

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017 The Volunteers of the FrancisCorps visited the Monastery of Saint Clare

Volunteers of FrancisCorps , recent graduates of College, are giving a year to serving the poor in Costa Rica and Syracuse, New York. Jennifer cook, Strongsville,OH- Berchya Dao-Bai Kew Gardens, NY
Malia Hamilton, Hawaii - Clare Meland, Pittsburgh, PA - Daniel Pezzola, Central Valley, NY Caherine Rainey Willoughby Hills, OH - Domenico Angerosa, glenville, NY -Jenna Breiner, Lincoln ,NE - Matthew Grothaus , Potuoson, VA
Rachel Jones, Loveland, CO
And Natalia Rincon, Freeport, NY.
When one gets discouraged at our world take a look at these generous , wonderful people. thank You all and prayers for your ministry and your family.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 15, 2017 Father Denis O'Brien , an Irish Pallotine Missionary visits Chesterfield

Father Denis, now a missionary in Columbia South America, celebrated Mass for us on the feast of our Lady's Assumption.
Father Denis also spent time visiting with us  and than a visit to our cemetery where his good friend, Sr. Mary McCourt is buried.
Fr. Denis told us many stories of his life with the poor in Columbia.

August 16, 2017 Air force chaplains from McGuire Air force Base met in our multi purpose room in the basement for a day of recollection


Friday, August 11, 2017

Transitus of Saint Clare august 10, 2017

 Friar Timothy from Kenya represented 
the first Order of Friar Minors by lighting a candle for the past.
A Third order member lighted a second candle for the present
and our sister Karen lighted a third candle for our future or the Order of Saint Clare
Friar Michael Lorentsen gave a beautiful reflection of the dying of Saint Clare and what we are called to do daily.
Little Plant of St. Francis: St. Clare of Assisi QuoteThe words of Saint Clare as she was dying are beautiful words that we can all use as we approach our death which we do daily. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Father John Gallagher visits the Poor Clares in Chesterfield , NJ August 6th

 John with the newly solemnly professed, sisters Nelia and Karen
John with the community
Father John Gallagher, a Redempotorist priest and Missionary of Campo Grande, Brazil visited us on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6th and as usual gave a very reflective homily.  He spoke about how our outside had to match our inside.  In other words "You can't give what you don't have."
John works with addicts in Brazil. May god be with him in his ministry.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


by achristianpilgrim
(A biblical reflection on the Feast of THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD –  Sunday, 6 August 2017 
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9 
First Reading: Dan 7:9-10.13-14; Psalms: Psalm  97:1-2,5-6,9; Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-19 
The Scripture Text
And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if You wish, I will make three booths here, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah. He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son,” with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.” (Mat 17:1-9 RSV) 
In a scene that sounds very much like the experience of a select few Old Testament prophets, the three apostles saw Jesus suddenly transformed and radiating a heavenly light. And, like the prophets before them, they too were overwhelmed by the vision. Here He was this familiar rabbi, gleaming with the glory of God and talking with Elijah and Moses! They had never seen anything like it before.
The promise of the feast of the Transfiguration is that what only a few prophets were privileged to receive in the Old Testament – what only a few disciples saw while Jesus walked the earth – is now available to each and every member of the body of Christ. We live in the age of the Church, an age of grace and revelation for all the people of God, The barrier of sin has been removed, and heaven can be opened for all of us.
Granted, we may not have visions as dramatic as these three disciples’. Nevertheless, each of us can expect the gift of revelation from God. Each of us can be lifted up above the everyday experiences of life and be filled with “the light of the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:6). All it takes is consistent prayer and an open heart.
Jesus wants to work through us to build His Kingdom here on earth. Like the apostles, we will become able to share in His mission by coming to know Him. Every day, we can enter into the secret place of the Lord’s presence and be filled with His love. Every day, the Holy Spirit wants to shine the light of Christ into our hearts and transform us into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Every day, He wants to fill us with His compassion for the poor and suffering, and His mercy for the sinful. Let us pray that God would make each day a feast of the Transfiguration for us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit. Lift us up into the realm of the Spirit every day so that we can bring Your life to our families and to the world. Amen. 
Jakarta, 4 August 2017 [Memoria of St. John Mary Vianney] 
A Christian Pilgrim 
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