September Newsletter and Friar Picnic Information!

posted Aug 29, 2016, 11:41 AM by Colleen Moran   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 11:41 AM by Friar Suppliers ]

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed” (Lk 14:12-14).  

“You will be blessed.  Here is the secret to a happy family.”  Pope Francis (Amoris Laetetia, Chapter 5, paragraph 183)

Hi Everybody,  Please read the above two sentences again and reflect on them for a minute.  Notice Pope Francis’ response. Interesting isn’t it?  Think about it as you read this letter.

We are up to Chapter 5 of Amoris Laetetia (The Joy of Love.)  In Chapter 5, Pope Francis continues with his teaching on love and marriage focusing mainly in this chapter on “family life.”

Chapter five is titled “Love Made Fruitful.”  He says, “Children are a gift from God, entrusted by the Lord to a father and a mother, begins with acceptance, continues with lifelong protection and has as its final goal the joy of eternal life.”( Para 166)  “Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity;  once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true.”  (para 168)

Pope Francis goes on to talk about pregnancy, the role of a mother and father, adoption, and foster care. He touches on the evil of the trafficking of children between countries and continents.

Most of us Friar Suppliers are beyond the childbearing and child-rearing age.  However, Pope Francis has some good thoughts on the roles of the Christian family in society.  I will quote him. Here’s where that above quote starts to make sense.

“Christian families should never forget that “faith” does not remove us from the world, but draws us more deeply into it…   Each of us, in fact, has a special role in preparing for the coming of God’s kingdom in our world.  Families should not see themselves as a refuge from society, but instead go forth from their homes in a spirit of solidarity with others.” (para 181)

“No family can be fruitful if it sees itself as overly different or set apart.”  (para 182)

“A married couple who experience the power of love know that this love is called to bind wounds of the outcast, to foster a culture of encounter and to fight for justice.  God has given the family the job of ‘domesticating” the world.”  (para 183)

“Open and caring families find a place for the poor and build friendships with those less fortunate than themselves.”  (para 183)

“By their witness as well as their words, families speak to others of Jesus.  They pass on the faith, they arouse a desire for God and they reflect the beauty of the Gospel and its way of life.”

“Their fruitfulness expands and in countless ways makes God’s love present in society.” (para 184)

Pope Francis speaks of the Holy Eucharist as the sacrament of love that makes us one body.

He says: “ We must not forget that the mysticism of the sacrament has a social character.  When those who receive it turn a blind eye to the poor and suffering, or consent to various forms of division, contempt and inequality, the Eucharist is received unworthily.  On the other hand, families who are properly disposed and receive regularly, reinforce their desire for fraternity, their social consciousness and commitment to those in need.”  (para 186)

Pope Francis has much more to say in Chapter 5 about honoring thy father and mother, the elderly, brother and sister relationships, and the extended family.

In summary, Chapter Five reminds us of the value of marriage, the dignity of human life, the importance of a loving family where children are lovingly nurtured, and the responsibility we have as families to reach out to others and reflect Jesus and the church especially to the poor and less fortunate. Families are called to be families for others.  Chapter five is well worth taking the time to read it through. I hope you enjoy it.

September is Friar Supplier Picnic time again.  It seems to me that the picnic comes around faster and faster each year. We hope many of you can come.  It’s always so much fun.  Lots of laughter, music and good food. Check out the flyer which is enclosed.

On Saturday, September 10th Sr. Terese, one of our Franciscan Sisters will profess first vows.     Congratulations Sister!!!  Thank you for answering the call.  I know we will be soooo blessed by your vocation.  We pray that God will bless you with holiness and joy.

Our next food packing will be September 17th.

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