Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday April 20, 2018 Continuing Gaudete Et Exsultate (Rejoice and Exsult ) by Pope Francis

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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth

These are strong words for where we constantly pigeonhole others on the basis of their ideas, their customs and even their way of speaking or dressing.  Ultimately, it is the reign of pride and vanity, where each person thinks he or she has the right to dominate others. --If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary.  Saint Therese of Lisieux tells us that "perfect charity consists in putting up with others' mistakes and not being scandalized by their faults.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 14 th Celebrations

Sister Mary Frances Flynn entered the Monastery 60 years ago on March 18, 1958. We celebrated with a Mass presided by Father Peter Cebulka of the ORATORIANS. A festive meal followed with a few gifts.
Notice the three sisters, See no wrong, speak no wrong and hear no wrong. LOL They are Sisters Pat, Fran and Miriam. (I think it is cute)

Also on April 14th The Knights of Columbus 

The Knights of Columbus of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Hamilton, NJ visited us to day and gave us a very generous donation. Father Jay Borden ,the Knights Chaplain ,also came as well as our friend Andrew Usmiani. The Grand Knight Larry Sargent presented the check to our Abbess, Sister Etta Patton OSC. We are grateful to the Knights for their ministry in the Church and their kindness to us and to so many others, The Knights are a quiet force in the Church but they are the light that keeps the Church alive in these chaotic times. May God bless them and may they flourish with new members.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday 13, 2018 More of the Pope's Exhortation

The Saints Next Door
We are never completely ourselves unless we belong to a people
That is why no one is saved alone.
Rather God draws us to himself, taking into account the fabric of interpersonal relationships present in a human community.
God wanted to enter into the life and history of a people.

I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God's people:
A) in those parents who raise their children with immense love, B) in those men and women who work hard to support their families
C) in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile.
Very often in is a holiness found in our next-door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God's presence.
We might call them "the middle class of holiness.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad)

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On Facebook Father James Martin SJ has a good video on the major points 
that the Holy Father brings out in this Document. Go to Florence Jane Vales for
the video

Excerpts from Gaudete et Exsultate.

The Pope says
" My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our time, with all its risks challenges and opportunities. For the lord has chosen each one of us "to be holy and blameless before him in love"(Eph 1:1
It invites us to realize that "a great cloud of witnesses"(the saints)include our own mothers, grandmothers or other loved ones.  their lives may not always have been perfect, yet even amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Easter Friday April 6, 2018

Father Jos Deichert, a colonel in the United States Air force and stationed as chaplain at the Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, celebrated Mass and joined us for dinner. Father Joe is from North Dakota and was raised on a dairy farm.  He gave us a beautiful homily : the subject was how after Jesus died the apostles relapsed into their own way of life and resumed their jobs of fishing. Jesus found them and called them back.
Our life is the same: A call, a fall and a recall.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday in Easter April 6, 2018


06 Apr
Today’s Gospel Reading: John 21:1-14 – EASTER FRIDAY: 6 April 2018
One effect of the Resurrection was the eventual split of the Christian Church away from Judaism. Judaism was conservative because it was built around the Torah Law. That Torah Law could be applied, interpreted and adapted but the psychological posture was that of preserving and keeping the Law. By contrast, Christianity thrust outward from the start. Unlike Judaism, it was intensely missionary. The disciples were sent to all nations (the probable reference of the 153 fish).
The early Church had no hesitation in creating new offices, new rules, rearranging the Jewish liturgy to suit it own purposes and to speak in God’s name. The reason for such energy and creativity was that at its center was not the Torah Law but the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord Himself.  The Christian Church has a dynamic center. At the center of our spiritual life is not an empty tomb or Torah Law but the Risen Lord Himself. His Spirit is present in our hearts urging us toward deeper faith and wider love.
The spiritual vigor at the center of the Church derives not from a thing, but from a Person — the Risen Lord.
Jakarta, 6 April 2018
A Christian Pilgrim 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday Easter Octave April 4, 2018


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Today's Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-35 - EASTER WEDNESDAY: 4 April 2018
Today's reading brings us closer to the purpose of the Resurrection appearances of Christ. With the Resurrection, Jesus became the universal Christ. He is everywhere slowly urging and moving our world toward a point of convergence with the Father.
There are points where this Risen and Transformed Christ is crystallized and focused - where He is present with unusual power. They are sacramental moments: Scripture reading, the breaking of bread, baptism, reconciliation, anointing, gathering in prayer. Jesus appears not in victorious display but as an enabling sign to say, as He did to the two disciples at Emmaus, "This is where I will be from now on".
We meet the Risen and Transformed Christ in special liturgical moments and in special personal moments as well. He is a presence that is always with us, but at certain times we are able to experience not only the presence but the glory.
One reason we experience the glory is so that we can say to others: "I have seen the Lord". 
Jakarta, 4 April 2018
A Christian Pilgrim

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018

Friar Tom Hartle OFM , of the Holy Name Province and our Religious Assistant presided over the Holy Week Services for our Monastery. Here is the Easter Vigil and the blessing of the fire. A Wonderful Holy Week Services and more Graces abound. Easter Shalom to all.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday March 31 2018

(A biblical refection on HOLY SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL – 31 March 2018)
One of the various readings at the Easter Vigil: Romans 6:3-11 
The Scripture Text
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:3-11 RSV) 
Death and life – What a stark contrast we have on the Holy Saturday! We pass through a day in the liturgy where all is silence. As the day begins, many of our churches will be bare – the tabernacle empty as we share liturgically in Jesus’ death and burial. Yet as the Easter Vigil begins this evening, we will be introduced once again into the fullness of life through His resurrection to glory. Tonight, our churches will be resplendent with new life and beauty. The contrast in the course of a single day is great indeed.
In a passage that will be read tonight at the Easter Vigil, Saint Paul teaches us that we share both in Jesus’ death and in His resurrection. Our own baptism is itself a paradox of life and death. Through baptism into Jesus’ death on the cross, we die to sin. And, through the same baptism into His resurrection, we too are raised to a new life in His Spirit. What a glorious contrast our life is meant to be! As we die every day to self and sin, we receive new life through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. The life of the risen Lord is in us because we have been baptized into Him. His power is within us to change us. By His Spirit, we can begin to live a new life.
Holy Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to seek this new life by spending time in prayer and reading God’s word. As much as we are able, let us make this a day of seeking God in silence and waiting. Let us anticipate the gift of new life that we will receive tonight as we renew our baptismal vows and participate in the Easter liturgy.
Today is an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus and receive more of His life. Jesus has conquered sin, death, and Satan. We can experience the victory of His death and resurrection this day. We can expect tangible changes in our lives in the days and weeks ahead because we have received the power of the risen Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to share more deeply in Your life this day. Help me to overcome sin through the power of Your death and resurrection. Give me new life in the Holy Spirit! Amen. 
Jakarta, 30 March 2018 [HOLY FRIDAY] 
A Christian Pilgrim

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elections at the Monastery of Saint Clare March 24 , 2018

Bishop David O'Connell presided over the elections at the Monastery of Saint Clare of Chesterfield, NJ​ . Sister Etta L Patton​ was elected Abbess, Sister Miriam Anne Varley​ was elected Vicaress. Sister Barbara Gerlach was elected first councilor. Sister Donna Donna J Padalino​ was elected 2nd councilor and Sister Mary Flynn was elected 3rd Councilor. Sister Rose McDermott, SSJ (Ministry of Consecrated Life-diocesan Delegate for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life, Rev. Michael Wallack (Bishop's Secretary and Director of Vocations), Rev. Msgr. Thomas Mullelly (Vicar for clergy and Consecrated Life/director of Seminarians/Director of clergy Personnel) were tellers as were our Sister  Kathi Nick and Sister Karen Stapleton. Congratulations to our Abbess and Councilors and to our Community. Praise the Lord . Friar Tom Hartle OFM from the Holy Name Province also assisted at the elections. Thanks to all.

Sister Donna Padalino is 2nd councilor 

Bishop O'Donnell and Sister Etta Patton before Mass

Rev. Michael Wallack, Bishop David O'Connell and Sister Rose McDermott SSJ 

Sister Etta Patton OSC receives the blessing for her office from the Bishop

Bishop David O/ Connell and Rev. Msgr Thomas Mullelly

The Abbess and Councilors with the Bishop and Tellers.

Sister Mary Frances Flynn 3rd Concilor  in back row to the right

Sister Etta receives the seal of the Monastery from the Bishop

Sister Barbara 1st Councilor back row second to left

Our Religious Assistant, Friar Tom Hartle OFM

Sister Miriam Varley   Vicaress of our Community

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19, Feast of Saint Joseph by Friar Christian Seno OFM

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph and I wanted to share this beautiful prayer written by my friend, Terry. In a world that is wounded by injustice and toxic masculinity, we ask: Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Prayer to St. Joseph
By Terrence J. Moran
St. Joseph…
Who believed in Mary’s word, make us a church that listens to women’s experience and their testimony of the action of the Spirit in their lives;
Who raised your son to be a peacemaker, make us a church of nonviolent resistance to war;
Who knew the joys of craftsmanship and the fatigue of work, make us a church that teaches the dignity of labor and that joins in the workers’ struggle for just wages and decent conditions.
Who listened to the voice of a dream, make us a church of deep contemplation, cautious of superficial answers, open to God’s surprises;
Who was a refugee, make us a church that is a home to the wanderer, shelter to the terrorized, haven to those in flight from violence and war;
Who was a member of a most unconventional family, make us a church of welcome to all families in all their wonderful diversity;
Who taught Jesus the wisdom in the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, make us willing disciples of Earth’s wisdom and loving kin of all creation.