Monday, October 6, 2014

Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR , Went Home to God


 Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM.
 
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may he rest in peace!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Prayer for Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R


I received word from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., fell and re injured the same arm that was hurt in his accident ten years ago.

One of his brother friars, Fr. Glenn Sudano, C.F.R.,related that Fr. Groeschel is in much pain, and that they are asking for the intercession of Venerable Solanus Casey, a former roommate of Fr. Groeschel, who is up for beatification, in his healing.

Now Father Benedict needs our prayers. Will you please join us in praying the following prayer for Father:

O Gracious and loving father,
we humbly implore You
to look kindly upon Your son and servant
Father Benedict Joseph.

Invoking Your Divine Mercy,
we ask that You manifest in a unique, evident, and wonderful way
relief from the burden of his present illness and injury.

As we approach Your Holy Majesty
with certain faith, sure hope, and full confidence,
we beg to obtain this special grace;
so that he may receive even now
a foretaste of the full reward
that awaits him in the future.

We entrust this prayer in a special way
to Your dedicated and faithful servant,
Father Solanus Casey.

May this holy friar,
who so inspired Father Benedict here on earth,
now powerfully intercede for him from heaven.
Amen.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thomas Merton Quote











“If we want to be spiritual, then, let us first of all live our lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere. “

 - from Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Tree

 
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's hungry breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree!

Joyce Kilmer 
 
** Photo taken on the grounds of the Old Pocono Mountain Inn Pa.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Morning at Larsen Lake


I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
  a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him
  and his glory will dwell in our land.
 
from Psalm 84
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pope Francis ..... Provide for the Needs of the Poor


A very important message from Pope Francis, out of CNA ...

 At Sunday's Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on those receiving his message to care first for the poor, before concerning themselves with their own wants and needs.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” he said Aug. 3 at St. Peter's Square. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

He reflected on the day's Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes; from this pericope he drew three messages: compassion, sharing, and Eucharist.

Beginning with compassion, he said Christ “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him, and would not – so to speak - ‘leave him in peace’. Rather, he feels compassion, because he knows that they do not seek him out of curiosity, but out of need.”

He clarified that this compassion of God is not merely a feeling of pity, but is, as the word suggests, a 'suffering with' which “identifies with the suffering of others, to the point of taking it upon himself.”

“Thus is Jesus: he suffers among us, he suffers with us, he suffers for us.”

This compassion of God should lead us to “feel that man, that woman, those babes who lack the necessities of life.”

Read the rest HERE