December 2017

posted May 11, 2018, 11:18 AM by Friar Suppliers

December 2017

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:5.)

The shortest day of the year is December 21, what we call the “winter Solstice.” It is the day with the least amount of light.  It’s the beginning of winter. It’s cold, dark and dreary. Even the solar panels on our roofs are not able to collect enough sunlight to generate enough electricity.  It is dark!

“Darkness covers the earth, thick clouds covers it’s people.”  These are words to an Advent Hymn by the St. Louis Jesuits. Darkness!  Isn’t our world covered in the darkness of sin as well? Since the fall of Adam and Eve, has it not always been a world of darkness and sin?  And yet, an infinite God from all eternity, chooses to enter into time and history.

Try to imagine this scene in heaven;  God the Father, in union with His son and the Holy Spirit living in harmony and peace for all eternity, looks down upon His creation on a little speck in the universe that He created, called Earth.  Consider how, this tiny earth is His pride and Joy. This speck called earth, He put all His greatest effort into it when He created it. He gave it His best of everything that He is. All His love and everything of Himself that was so good.  Then on this little island in the universe, He created man and woman in His own image. A being with a body that could reason and choose. He created man and woman in righteousness and perfect innocence, a reflection of God’s holiness. He gave them a conscience.  He created them for fellowship which would reflect God’s triune nature and His love. And then, what happened? We all know the story… Darkness fell on the earth when sin entered. God did not create the sin, but man freely chose it. Death had entered the world.

Now consider the Triune God looking down at His creation which He loves so much.  Who can imagine it? Who can imagine what He saw? Who can imagine what He thought?  Who could possibly restore His creation without destroying the image of Himself which was man and woman?  Imagine, a timeless God in love with a world so full of sin and death. “I will go there”, said His Son, “send me.”  And so, God sent His only Beloved Son, a part of Himself, to become incarnate. “ For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross”  ( Col 1: 19-20). He was willing to endure suffering and death caused by man’s sins. God sent Him naked and helpless to a tiny manger, in a little town called Bethlehem. This is the miracle of Christmas. Could anyone have made up such a story? It is inconceivable!   

Our world today is no better.  It is still steeped in sin and death.  There is darkness and suffering everywhere we look. And yet, in this Christmas story we rejoice because God has united humanity with His Divinity.  Can anything be more humbling, more incredible, more unfathomable, more hopeful, more comforting? Is the Christmas story still relevant today? It is timeless, just like God Himself.  For, “ He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him” ( Col 1: 15-16). Humanity will always need a savior and wise men will continue to seek Him, because a light shines in the darkness.

December is always a busy time for everyone.  You all know how hectic and stressful it can become.  A wonderful time of year can be drudge for so many. That is why, anyone who is able, should stretch themselves to do a little more for those who are less fortunate or suffering. Here are just a few ideas to you can put into practice during Advent:  A gift for someone less fortunate, a home cooked meal or baked goodies, a visit to a nursing home, a letter or Christmas card to someone who needs cheering up, caroling at the door of someone homebound, help someone with shopping, shovel a neighbor’s walk when it snows, donate a turkey dinner, donate to your favorite charity  :) like Friar Suppliers :).

The Franciscan Friars are also very busy at this time of year with turkey handouts to the poor, visits to the sick and homebound, parish missions and liturgical celebrations.  They too celebrate Christmas themselves as a community. That means they’ll need extra food from us Friar Suppliers, so please be as generous as you can. Often family members will come.  The postulants and candidates who arrived in early September, will have the opportunity to go home and visit their families. It is always a good opportunity for them to further discern if God is calling them to the CFRs.

Okay, now it’s time for some Christmas humor.  Here is the Friar’s grocery list for December, sung to the last verse of “ On the Twelve Days of Christmas.”

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Friars asked of me:

20 frozen turkeys

11 bags of onions

100 tubes of toothpaste

90 peanut butters

80 cans of coffee

70 lbs of chop meat

60 heads of broccoli


40 bags of rice

3 crates of apples

10 lbs of butter


January 2nd-10th, 2018 will be our next mission trip to Haiti.  By now you should have received the DVD that was made last June.  It is amazing! I hope you all take the time to watch it and share it with family and friends. You should all be so proud because if it wasn’t for you none of this would be possible. Please send your donation for the trip in today!

Any time you want to talk to us about our work with the Friars or in Haiti, we would be happy to talk to you.  We are even willing to speak at church or organization meetings. Just call us. 631-682-4298 for Charlie.

Have a Holy Advent and a Merry Christmas.  God bless you all.