Posted By Colleen Moran on December 2, 2014
“Glory in His holy name; rejoice, oh hearts that seek the Lord! (1Chr 16:10)
Here we are in Advent again preparing our hearts and homes for the birth of our Savior on Christmas. What is it that we need most in our hearts, our homes, families, marriages, communities, country and the entire world? Would you agree that what we need most is peace?
When we kneel before a creche and contemplate the poverty that we see, what is it that our hearts yearn for? It’s usually not the poverty of the Holy family that we see, but the peace. We yearn for peace. We see a married couple, a man and woman, a husband and wife, who deeply love and trust one another. A couple who respect each other and depend on one another. A couple committed to serving each other. A couple who’s deep love of God commits them to accepting all in God’s plan for them, including the poverty of their living circumstances, the fears and unrests in their society, and the unknown future before them. But for the moment they are at peace. For they behold a miracle; the Prince of peace. We see it , don’t we? We see the Trinity, living, breathing, interacting in love; father, mother, child. Peace. We need this peace in our hearts, marriages, homes and world today.
Is peace possible? Everyone wants peace, but is it possible? Everyone seem to have a different idea of what peace is. Some people equate peace with freedom. If they have the freedom to do what ever they want or to do things their way, then they think they will have peace. Some people think we will have peace if there is no religion, or if everyone is the same religion.
Ironically, we end up in conflict and wars instead of peace.
Jesus said: “I have not come to bring peace. I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were ablaze.”
He also said: “Gold is tested by fire.”
Is peace possible? Not in this world. Not since the fall of man. True peace will come only when we meet Him face to face or when He returns at the end of the world. In the meantime, it is possible to have peace inside ourselves, even amidst the confusion, conflicts and suffering we experience. Sometimes we may feel powerless but If we live peace, we spread peace. To live in peace is hard work. We have to strive to eliminate all sin in our lives by our effort and the help of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. We need to pray constantly, holding the presence of God within us. We need to pray the Rosary especially because Our Lady tells us the Rosary is our greatest weapon against Satan. We also need to make reparation for our sins and the sins of the world. God in His justice cannot forgive all the sins in this world without someone making acts of reparation. We can offer up all our joys, sorrow, and sufferings. Most of us forget to do this. This is an opportunity we don’t want to waste. Finally, we need to make a decision and a constant effort to give up our free wills. Placing our hearts, minds and wills in the
In the hands of Jesus, freeing us of our burdens allowing Jesus to fill that space with His peace.
Peace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this Christmas we could have peace in our marriages, families, communities, country and the world? We must start small; with ourselves. Pray for this gift which we all need, so that in time it will spread like fire.
December is a very busy month in the Friaries just like in our own homes. The Friars and Sisters will be busy collecting, sorting and handing out hundreds of food boxes for the poor, and toys for kids. They have much to prepare; their annual Live Nativity on the streets of the Bronx, Special Christmas Liturgies, Choir practice, Advent Retreats, parish Missions, visiting the sick and homeless. It’s a blessing they don’t have to worry about where their food is com- ing from. Even their Christmas dinner is provided by Friar Suppliers. This is why we ask all of you to please be as generous as possible this month. They always need more around the Holidays because of family and guests who come to be with them.
We also ask you to please be as generous as possible to our Haiti Mission which is quickly approaching Jan 2nd –10th. Each person going is responsible for raising $2000. to cover their own way. It takes thousands more to do any work. Charlie will tell you all about it.
Jesus, We trust in You
Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe
2015 haiti begging letter
2015 Haiti Mission Project