April 2018

posted May 11, 2018, 11:42 AM by Friar Suppliers

108 No. Greene Ave. Lindenhurst, NY 11757

               Rejoice, He is risen, Alleluia!!!

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope that you are all filled with joy and hope during this Easter season.  I think the trouble with this world today is we have lost joy and hope. We need a new “experience of God.” God doesn’t usually come down and hit us over the head with a blast of electrifying grace.  That would be nice, but it’s unrealistic. For Jesus says, “an evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.“ Matt 12: 39. And again, in Luke 16: 31 Jesus said, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” So this means is that it is up to us to create an “experience of God.”  God is ever present. He has revealed everything we need. So what is stopping us? We all know that we are too busy gratifying our own desires. We indulge in too much work, too much food, too much entertainment, too much internet. If we want to experience God, we have to go to Him. He’s waiting for us. We need to make time for prayer, silence, Scripture, and serving the poor. I added serving the poor because the Saints all demonstrate to us that we encounter Jesus in the poor.  So then, what stops so many of us from doing this? We are weak human beings. Concupiscence or inclination to sin is ever present in the human condition. The only way to overcome it, is to force ourselves to make the right choices. This takes heroic effort in our lives. God promises to supply us with the grace to do it.  He is always reaching out to us.  We must choose to be an “Easter” people; full of joy, hope, faith.  We must be ambitious towards the things of heaven, not of this earth, because we are only passing through.

One of the things that bothers me most about this society we live in today is “Relativism.”  Relativism says: “I follow my own conscience.” “I decide what is good or bad.” Well let’s look at this. In the Catholic Register, Mar 4-17, 2018 edition on Page 11, Msgr Charles Pope writes “What Conscience Is and Is Not”  Here are some key points:

“Conscience is an act of judgement, a decision that directs the will to a particular action in a particular set of circumstances.” “Conscience is not its own law.”  “It is a subjective guide.” “Law is objective.” “Conscience must refer to the law in order to reach proper judgements.” “Conscience is true or false insofar as it agrees with or falls short of natural law and human law that is  just and in conformity with Divine Law.” “A false conscience judges what is unlawful to be lawful or what is lawful to be unlawful.” “One is obliged to form one’s conscience through both study and experience.” “It is not a private inspiration or interpretation.” “The role of conscience is to apply what is taught by God, through natural law, Revelation and the Church, to particular situations.”  “Either a person’s conscience or judgement is in conformity with God’s revealed truth, and is thus correct, or it is not in conformity and is in error (erroneous).” “While we want to respect that some people are sincerely wrong and wish to treat them with dignity, we must continue to insist that those who have erroneous consciences are wrong.” “We must teach both them and others what is true and why.”  “Conscience enables one to assume responsibility for the acts we perform.” Check out the article in “Catholic Register.” I also recommend that you get a subscription to this faithful Catholic Newspaper produced by EWTN.

Divine Mercy Sunday is April 8th.  Please remember to avail yourselves to this wonderful grace from God; His Divine Mercy.  Avail yourselves to confession on or within two weeks of the day. Go to Mass, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and pray for the intentions of the Pope.  Our Lord promises that those who do these things will receive complete remission of sin and all temporal punishment due to sin. It will be like you are baptised for the first time.  

For those who are local, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with the Friars, Sisters and Friar Suppliers at “The Assumption of the BVM Church” on Crown Acres Rd. Centereach from 3-6pm.  There will be a pizza party afterwards. Please bring your family and friends and some non-perishable food for the poor if you can. We hope to see many of you there. Twice a year Friar Suppliers get together; September for our Annual Picnic and Divine Mercy Sunday for a day of grace.  

Families:  Are you looking for a great way to spend some quality time having fun and Eileen & Rich Garbealso nourish yourselves and your family in the Catholic faith?  Look no further than “The Apostolate for Family Consecration” Their summer weekly “Family Fests” are the way to experience true Catholic culture.  Go to www.afc.org or call 1-800-FOR-MARY. Register early!! (they fill up early) I promise you will not be disappointed.

Thank you everyone for your generous donations to Friar Suppliers.  Your commitment and gift enable us to buy the food and groceries for the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal every month.  Your donations to our Haiti mission literally saves lives every month!!! Thank you so much.

Our next food packing day will be Saturday, April 14th from 10am -12pm.  Please call us if you are able to come. 631-682-4298.

Jesus, we trust in you,  

Joan & Charlie Moran