January 2018

posted May 11, 2018, 11:22 AM by Friar Suppliers

January 1, 2018

“Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for the praise is fitting for loyal hearts.”  Psalm 33

Merry Christmas to all of you.  We are still in the christmas season which is such a joyful time of year when we contemplate that God sent His Son to take on human flesh and live amongst us.  Don’t you wish you lived in Bethlehem at that time and had the opportunity to go to the manger and adore our Lord? I love to imagine myself there. I love newborn babies and I imagine myself asking Mary and Joseph if I can hold Him.  I imagine myself picking Him up and holding Him in my arms; putting His soft fuzzy little head next to my cheek; smelling His newborn fragrance and kissing His sweet little face. We forget that we can do this every time we receive communion or spend time with Him in Adoration.  The Eucharist is Jesus’ body and soul in all His humanness and Divinity alive today like He was on that first Christmas Day. Come let us adore Him!

The following is a scripture verse that has always puzzled me:   “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s sufferings for the sake of His body, that is, the church.”  Col 1: 24

If Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was enough to redeem us from our sins and it truly was, then what was lacking???  I finally got the answer from Blessed Fulton Sheen in His book: “St Therese - A treasured Love Story.” I will quote him.

“Well, the answer is this:  When our Lord was on the cross, the body He suffered in was the body He took from Mary.”  The body to which St. Paul is referring is His Mystical Body, the church. “In other words, Christ is glorified in heaven in the body He took from Mary, but He is living in His body on earth, and He is suffering many indignities now just as He suffered indignities then.”  “So our Lord’s sufferings were finished in the physical body, but His sufferings are not finished in the Mystical Body; the Church. In other words, St Paul is saying that there is a quota of suffering reserved for the Church which is not yet filled up.” “What we saw on Calvary was the greatest moment of the Passion of Christ in history. To Christ it was all at once, but to us it is worked out successively.” ( or as I would say, It’s a work in progress.) “But” Says Blessed Sheen, “there are sinners that have to be redeemed.  The work of the cross has to go on. Jesus asks us, will you give me your human nature so that I can suffer in you?” This is what Jesus asks of all of us. I’ll say it again. “Will you give me your human nature so that I can suffer in you?”

Now, for all of you who perhaps are suffering this Christmas season;  it may be difficult for you to be joyful. Blessed Fulton Sheen says, “All of you people who are suffering in any way, Christ is in you.  He’s even in those who have not the faith.” “The one lesson you want to understand is that Christ is using you. He’s using you for others.  We have to save the Church. We have to save some priests. We have to save the faithful. We have to save the communists (and I add, our family members, neighbors, politicians, unbelievers, etc)  “We have to save our country, make it peaceful. All the sufferings combined can do that.”

We have a choice. “We are either on the cross or underneath it, says Blessed Sheen.  “On it by discipline, mortification, faith, sharing the Passion of Christ, or underneath it with clenched fists and hatred, begging the Lord to come down from that cross.”

This made great sense to me.  I now understand and hope that this is helpful catechesis for you as well. I pray that these simple newsletters will help to deepen your love for God and the Catholic faith.

By the time you get this newsletter,  Charlie and I and our team of Friars Sisters and other lay volunteers will be in Haiti on another yearly mission.  Please pray for all of us; for our safety, and our strength to complete the work we are going to do with love and compassion.

Please pray for Fr Andrew Apostoli CFR.  As of today 12/5 I am writing to tell you that sadly, He is very sick and and nearing his final journey to God.  Please pray for a happy death for him.

The St. Joseph Friary is in great need of a reliable strong dryer.  A commercial style dryer would be the best. If you have one to donate or would like to contribute towards one please help us out.

I want to thank my sweet daughter-in-law Colleen for formating this newsletter each month.  I don’t have the computer skills to do it. So I type it plain, and she formates it into the the newsletter form that you get and puts it on our web site as well.  She is able to do it from her computer at home by somehow taking it off of mine in my house. I haven’t a clue. Anyway, Colleen has three little ones, a dog and a part time job. She is feel ing very overburdened.  I am asking for someone to please step forward and volunteer to do this for Friar Suppliers. It only takes about an hour a month for someone with computer skills. Please consider helping in this huge way. Call me (Joan) @ 631-682-7759.

Thank you for all your contributions, prayers, and volunteer help for Friar Suppliers.  Know that we will be praying for you and all your intentions while we are in Haiti. Please pray for us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.