"O Come Divine Messiah, the World awaits..."

posted Nov 30, 2016, 9:14 AM by Colleen Moran

Advent!  It’s the season of waiting.  Waiting for what exactly?  Didn’t Christ already come 2,016 years ago? What are we still waiting for? Jesus came to bring us salvation from our sins, peace, joy, love.  So where is it visible in this chaotic world we live in?  Did He come as a human child only to suffer and die?  For what? To be rejected by so many?  This is the great mystery of the Incarnation.  Out of His love for us He did what love compelled Him to do.  So great a mystery is His love for us.  He did it for me.  He did it for you.  This is a mystery worth contemplating during Advent. How have I responded?  How have you responded?  Are we waiting for Jesus to fix the mess in this world? He showed us by his example how to fix it. We need to imitate His humility and poverty of His birth; His obedience of His early life; His mercy and compassion toward others during His ministry; His trust in His Father during His passion; His continuous sacrificing of Himself for us in the Eucharist. We need to become like Jesus.  What are WE waiting for?  

Advent is always an extremely busy time for everyone.  It is unfortunate that our social customs have over-powered our spiritual celebration of Advent.  We can look to the Friars and Sisters here for some guidance.  They spend their Advent, faithful to their prayers and spiritual exercises and formation and they increase their works of charity for those less fortunate.  We Friar Suppliers can do the same individually simply by organizing our priorities a little better.

An Advent and Christmas Concert performed by our “Seminary Schola” will be performed on four different occasions and places to raise money for their Tour in France next summer.  Please try to support our Seminarians by coming to their concert. $50 reserved VIP seating, or $25 general admission.  Purchase tickets in advance at: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or 914-968-6200  or purchase at a concert site in advance or at the door.

Dec 1st     St. Aidan’s, Williston Park 7:30 PM

Dec 2nd St. Sebastian’s, Woodside 7:30 PM

Dec 3rd St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC 7:30 PM

Dec 4th St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers 7:30 PM

Continuing our formation taken from “Amoris Lettitia” (The Joy of Love), we are up to Chapter 8 Titled: Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness.  Don’t be scared away!  This chapter is directed mainly at Bishops, pastors, and priests. No, it won’t put you to sleep! I will quote some of the important highlights that can help all of us.  And I quote:

“Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.”  “We are called to show mercy because mercy was first shown to us.”   (para 310 pg 241) “Mercy does not exclude justice and truth, but first and foremost we have to say mercy is the fullness of justice and the most radiant manifestation of God’s truth.” ( para 3123, pg 242)

“The Church is a place for everyone, with all their problems.” (para 310, pg 241)

“Christian marriage, as a reflection of the union between Christ and His Church, is fully realized in the union between a man and a woman who give themselves to each other in a free, faithful and exclusive love, who belong to each other until death and are open to the transmission of life, and are consecrated by the sacrament, which grants them the grace to become a domestic church and a leaven of new life for society.”  (para 292, pg 222)

“The Church realizes that any breach of the marriage bond “is against the will of God,” she is also “conscious of the frailty of many of her children.”  (para 291, pg 221)

“Although she constantly holds up the call to perfection and asks for a fuller response to God, :the Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children to enlighten those who have lost their way.”  (para 291,pg 221)

“In considering a pastoral approach towards people who have contracted a civil marriage, who are divorced and remarried, or simply living together, the Church has the responsibility of helping them understand the divine pedagogy (teaching) of grace in their lives and offering them assistance so they can reach the fullness of God’s plan for them, something which is always possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (para 297, pg 227)

“What we are speaking of is a process of accompaniment and discernment which guides the faithful to an awareness of their situation before God.”  (para 300, pg 231)

For this discernment to happen, the following conditions must necessarily be present (in the faithful):  humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for god’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it.” (para 300, pg 231)

“In no way must the Church desist from proposing the full ideal of marriage, God’s plan in all its grandeur.”  (para 307,pg 238)

“Today, more important than the pastoral care of failures (failed marriages) is the pastoral effort to strengthen marriages and thus to prevent their breakdown.”  (para 307, pg 239)

“Jesus expects us to stop looking for those personal or communal niches which shelter us from the maelstrom (turmoil) of human misfortune, and instead to enter into the reality of other people’s lives and to know the power of tenderness.  Whenever we do so, our lives become wonderfully complicated.”  (para 308, pg 240)

I encourage you all to read this document; “Amoris Lettia” (The Joy of Love) in it’s entirety.  The final chapter will be reviewed in January.

Our monthly food shopping, packing and pick up is going well.  We have a lot more room here at our house, now that the store is empty and we can use it for Friar Suppliers.  Sorting and packing is easier.  We are pleased and thankful for your donations that enable us to supply the CFR’s Friars and Sisters with their grocery needs.  Thank you so much!!

Charlie is in “HAITI MISSION” mode BIG TIME!!!!  Pray for him, he has a lot going on as he prepares for the January Mission trip to Haiti. I’ll let him tell you all about it in the letter attached.

Colleen Moran,
Nov 30, 2016, 9:14 AM