Posted By Colleen Moran on May 24, 2014
Dear Friar Suppliers,
God’s love is ever faithful. Come let us praise Him! Alleluia!
I hope you all had a joyful Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday. Wasn’t it absolutely beautiful? Divine Mercy Sunday was so beautiful. Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Emanuel, Sr. Francesca, Sr. Felicity and Sr. Mary Grace were a true gift to have with us in Centereach for our annual “Day of Grace.” Aren’t you so proud to be Catholic? We have two more Saints to emulate and pray for us; Pope John XXIII, and Pope John Paul II. We are so blessed to have lived and known these two great holy men. I hope to be able to tell my grandchildren all about them. They will really think we are OLD when we tell them we lived during the 1900’s and knew John XXIII and John Paul II.
I think we can finally put away the snow shovels and drag out the garden rakes, hoses, and lawn furniture. With winter delaying and Easter celebrated so late this year, I think we are all very happy to sing, “alleluia, the strife is o’er!!” Enough with the cabin fever, it’s time to go outside and plant some flowers around the statue of Our Blessed Mother.
Since May is typically called the “month of Mary” I thought it would be a good month to reflect on Mary’s greatest virtue – humilityity. Humility is the virtue we should practice to overcome our tendency toward pride. Here is a beautiful prayer that I hope you all will post on your refrigerator, mirror, or somewhere where you will remember to say it frequently.
Litany of Humility Prayer.
O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved… From the desire of being extolled … From the desire of being honored … From the desire of being praised … From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted … From the desire of being approved … From the fear of being humiliated … From the fear of being despised… From the fear of suffering rebukes … From the fear of being calumniated … From the fear of being forgotten … From the fear of being ridiculed … From the fear of being wronged … From the fear of being suspected …
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may de- crease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than
I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…
We are very happy to announce the “ordinations to the Priesthood” of two Friars. Br Gabriel Joseph was ordained on Sat. May 24, 2014 at 9 am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Fr. Youssef-Mariam, who is originally from Lebanon was ordained in the Maronite rite, on Sun. May 18, 2014 at 11 am at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral. Br. Christopher Joseph and Br Ignatius Mary will be ordained to the “Diaconate” on Monday, May 19th at 6:30 pm at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary. We congratulate all our Friars on their ordinations to the Priesthood and Diaconate. We thank them for answering the call to serve the Catholic Church. Please remember them all in your prayers.
Guess who’s finally getting a chance to go to Haiti? Yes, Joan is going with 8 nurses June 22-28th. Charlie thinks it will be “good for me to go.” I’m not sure what he means by that. Hmmm, I wonder. Anyway, this will be strictly a medical mission. It is important to have medical missions a few times a year so that the people have continuity in their medical care. They need follow-up and medication just like we do. Since, I’m not a nurse. I will be assisting in whatever way I can. If nothing else, I hope to be able to comfort those who need comforting. I’m sure it will be a very rewarding experience. If you would like to help out with donations for the medications that we bring with us, we will be very appreciative. Your prayers will also be needed, so keep them coming!
Thank you everyone for all your help with donations and/or food packing. We’ve got the monthly shopping and food packing down to a good routine thanks to all of you. It runs like a well oiled machine. We couldn’t do it without your help and contributions. It’s always nice to see some of the Friars and Sisters each month. They are always so appreciative and helpful. They make it all worth- while. We love you all!
Jesus, We trust in You
Joan & Charlie Moran Eileen & Rich Garbe