November 2017 Newsletter

posted Nov 8, 2017, 6:13 PM by Colleen Moran

  “Blessed are they that hope in the Lord.”

    May the peace of Christ be with you this day and all through the month.  I have to tell you that in October, Charlie and I were very fortunate and blessed to be able to go on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal and to Poland with a group of 12 other pilgrims, including Fr. Luke Fletcher, CFR as our spiritual guide and Donna Marie Cooper-O’Boyle host from EWTN.  I carried all your written intention cards with us and we prayed for your intentions at every shrine and church we visited along the way.  We laid your intentions at the feet of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Czestochowa, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina, The Divine Mercy Shrine, St. John Paul 11 and many other shrines and churches. Maybe you have never had the opportunity to go to these holy places, but you can believe that you, your intentions and your loved ones were there praying with us.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus looks like?  Recently I was on a quest to find the right image or picture Jesus that would satisfy my imagination.  Throughout history there have been numerous portrayals in paintings, statues, and even photographs.  I started my hunt for a true image of Christ in Poland.  I wanted a Divine Mercy image,  but was unsatisfied with the forlorn face of Christ, but then I found a statue of Him suffering with the crown of thorns and I loved it.  So how do I explain this contradiction???  A week later, I came across a plaque with a modern day photo image of Christ as a young strong man wading through water.  I loved this image as well. Beautiful!  So many different representations of Jesus!  Finally, I thought, “What am I doing?  The images that appeal to me are just a representation of my love for Him.  It doesn’t matter what He really looks like.  It only matters what my heart sees.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church says there are five faces of Christ.  The first face is through the community of believers within and through the church.  It is in my fellow believers and in our worship together that Christ is known. Our own personal subjective experience of Christ must be validated by the corporate reality of Christ in the Church.”

“The second face is through the Eucharistic Species.  We know Jesus Christ through Communion and through Eucharistic adoration made present in and through His body, the church.”

“The third face is joined with the first two.  We see Christ in the person of the priest.  For Jesus said,  “ Those who hear you, hear me, and those who hear me, hear the one who sent me.” and “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” We see Christ when that frail human priest is celebrating Mass, hearing confessions and doing what only a priest can do.”

“The fourth way we see Jesus is through the Sacred Scriptures.  For He is the word made flesh. We come to know Christ through the study of the Scripture and the hearing of the word of God.  God speaks to us through meditating on His word.” (even if we can’t see Him)

“The fifth way we see Jesus is in the face of the poor.  For Jesus said,  “ inasmuch as you did this for the least of my brethren, you did it for me.” If this is true, and it is because Jesus said so, than we realize that Jesus has many faces. ( Quotes from Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Catholic Register, Oct 15-28, 2017 Pg 11. “These are the Five Faces of Christ.”)

You might want to ask me; did I see Christ in Fatima and Poland?  I can say I did.  Not in the flesh and blood way that St. Faustina saw Him in a vision.  I saw Him in the love represented in the artist’s interpretation of the beautiful artistic structures, statues, images, pictures, legends, stories, and history.  I saw Him in the thousands of pilgrims who came to the the shrines with their love, faith and hope in Christ. I saw Him in my own heart as I received Him in Holy Communion and adored Him in Adoration.   I saw Him in the poverty of the cultures. First in the poverty of the shepherd children of Fatima and again in Poland, as I came to understand the great suffering the Polish people experienced during WWll and communism. The Polish people are ALIVE with Christ.  You can’t go to Poland and not see Christ.  I also saw Him in the lives and hearts of all of you as I prayed for all of you and your intentions.  I realized that Holy pictures and statues are as realistic as is our love for Christ.  Our homes, churches and entire country need to proclaim Him with icons everywhere. A culture devoid of religious images is a culture devoid of the love of Christ. So if you love Christ and your faith, don’t be afraid to decorated your home with sacramentals.  Make it a shrine!

Charlie and I came back from our pilgrimage elated to find our garage and porch packed solid with donations of food, clothing, shoes, school supplies and ceiling fans for Haiti. Yikes!  Where do we begin?  Fortunately,  Charlie, Rich Garbe and Bill Michel were able to pack most of it into barrels.  More barrels are on the way.  Thank You, Charlie, Rich and Bill.

Charlie has been dedicating one or two days a week to helping Fr. Andrew Apostoli.  They spend hours together praying, talking and going through piles of backed up mail.  Pray for Fr. Andrew.  He needs your prayers for strength in his old age and poor health.

Our food shopping and packing continues once each month for the Friars and Sisters needs. We thank all our many volunteers and all of you who so generously donate to make this possible.

Charlie is beginning to work on plans and funding for our next Mission trip to Haiti, January 2-10.  I will let him tell you all about it.

Thank you everyone for being a part of Friar Suppliers.  Every little bit helps.  Please know that on behalf of the Friars, Sisters, Rich, Eileen, Charlie and I we love you all with the love that come from Christ and we are so grateful for all you do.

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