March Newsletter and Divine Mercy Sunday

posted Mar 31, 2016, 10:39 AM by Friar Suppliers   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 10:39 AM ]

As we go further along our Lenten Journey, I would like to recommend and shed some light on a few excellent books by Fr. Robert Gaitley.  I have only read his first book which I’ve read a few times already, but I hope to get my hands on the next two as soon as I can.  I hope you will too.

Fr. Gaitley’s first book  “33 Days to Morning Glory,” is a personal do-it-yourself retreat for Marian Consecration.  Modeled after St. Louis DeMontfort’s teachings on Consecration to Jesus through Mary, Fr. Gaitley takes you deeper into your journey with Mary as a means to growing deeper in love with her Son.

Fr. Gaitley’s second book, “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told,” sheds new light on Divine Mercy, weaving together Fatima, St. Faustina, St John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Immaculate Heart.   He reveals how their messages reveal the mystery of God’s Divine Mercy.

Fr. Gaitley’s latest book only recently released:  “33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy,” is a sequel to “33 Days to Morning Glory.” This book is a Consecration to Divine Mercy based on the writing of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Marian Consecration assures us of the “quickest and easiest way to become a saint,” says Fr. Gaitley, who is quoting St. Louis DeMontfort.  “But,” says Fr. Gaitley, “it was St. Therese who, set me full sail upon the way of confidence and love.” “This book is about a lot more than Therese’s Little Way.  It’s also about her “Offering to Merciful Love,” which is her consecration to Divine Mercy,” says Fr. Gaitley.

What is St Tereses’s “Offering to Merciful Love?”  Fr. Gaitley takes you deeper and deeper over 33 days, so that you not only understand something more about St Therese but he actually prepares you for a deeper consecration as St. Therese did.

In a nutshell, Fr. Gaitley explains that,  “St. Therese recognized that Jesus’ heart is full of mercy and that He longs to pour out His merciful love, especially on sinners.  Second, she realized that sinners often close their hearts to the Lord’s loving Mercy, and their rejection of it causes Jesus great suffering.  Third,  for the purpose of consoling Jesus, St. Therese asked the Lord to pour into her little soul all the rejected mercy that others don’t want - and - HE GAVE IT TO HER.  ALL OF IT!”

A Consecration to Divine Mercy is really the next step after making a Marian Consecration.  This is why I strongly recommend all three books. If you are seriously seeking a deeper relationship with God, and trying to become saints, these books are certainly worth your money, time and effort.  This is an Extraordinary Year of Mercy and will be approaching the Feast of Divine Mercy the Sunday after Easter, April 3rd.  This will be a double whammy of graces being poured out on us if only we approach Him and ask for it.  We shouldn’t let this opportunity pass us by.

For almost 20 years, Our beloved Franciscan Friars and Sisters have been celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy with us.  It is an especially grace filled day for everyone who has ever attended.  Please see the enclosed flyer for details and do your best to attend and help advertise it if you live on Long Island.  Many other parishes also celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  So if you can’t come to be with us, find a church in your area to attend, so that you will be sure to receive the graces of the Feast Day.

Our Food-packing day in February, was like a tornado that swept through our house.  I thought we were going to be short on help that day, until people started showing up to help.  We had our usual 5 or six faithful people, plus 5 or six Friars, 4 or 5 Sisters, a Girls Scout Troop of 7 or 8 girls plus leaders and a Boy Scout Troop of 6 or 7 guys plus their leader, plus a few kids and parents I never saw before. I had no idea who did what, but by lunch time they had all the food sorted and packed, the garage full of stuff to ship to Haiti was all sorted and packed in ten huge barrels, and the Friar room where we store Friar Supplier supplies was neat and orderly.  WOW!

You should have seen the pile of garbage stacked neatly in front of our driveway for pick up.

Thank you everyone.  We are so grateful.  All these volunteers and all of your faithful donations are the affirmations we need to remind us and encourage us to continue.  If God wasn’t behind us, we are sure that it could not be done.

Please send your monthly donation checks made out to Friar Suppliers.

Please mail them to: 108 N Greene Ave. Lindenhurst, NY 11757.  This is Eileen Garbe’s house (our treasurer).

If you mail your check to 583 S 7th St. (which is Joan and Charlie’s house), Eileen has to make a special trip here to pick them up.  Also you run the risk of your check getting lost in our busy Florist.

Thank you so much for your faithfulness to Friar Suppliers.  Have a Blessed Easter and we hope to see many of you on Divine Mercy Sunday.