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Thursday, September 18, 2014

HolyHaiku St. Joseph of Cupertino

Lifted up in prayer
Body and Soul united
Seek what is above
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Breathe Deeply

St. Therese is famous for describing her vocation as a contemplative nun saying, “I will be love in the heart of the Church.” Then what’s that make us, I asked? Our life as friars is similar to the lay-life insofar as it is “active-contemplative;” it is a life of prayer and action. So if St. Therese is love contemplating the mysteries of God in the heart of the Church, interceding and living secretly for the life of the whole body, we might be likened to the breath of the Church.

First the inhale: the sustaining breath drawn deep into the lungs near the heart and its mysteries, then the exhale: the life gained within the body is breathed forth upon the world, shared in words, love and emotion, and then, again drawn deep into the body to recharge and ruminate on the mysteries of God, and the cycle repeats for the good of one and for all.

+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

CFR Sisters Investiture

Our Postulant Sisters were invested on August 2, 2014.
As they begin their Novitiate we await the arrival of our new Candidates!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer 2014 New Photo Albums

CFR friars final vows, first vows, investiture & CFR Sisters final vows with Cardinal Dolan! Praise the Lord we will receive 9 young men as Postulants on September 8th.
Thank you for the prayers and support.

As promised, great new Facebook photo albums found here.
(Photos are open to public view, you don't have to have facebook to see them).

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pope Francis on Serving Jesus in the Poor

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blessing of the Children

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

I always tell people there is no greater gift you can give someone than an authentically catholic childhood.

Here, in the nineteenth chapter of Matthew's gospel, we have positive proof. These children
are brought to Jesus by their mothers and fathers that this holy man or wise teacher or--as we know and maybe they believed--Messiah and God might lay his hands upon them or perhaps even embrace them. And so the Church is given a manifesto. Is it not the Church, after all, known to be the body of Christ?

It is a marvelous image that Jesus should receive and embrace the children, that he should wrap his protective and loving arms around them. And that they, in all their little obedience to the prodding of their mothers, should approach him trustingly, be drawn to his body, his warmth, and even the kisses of grace that fall upon them from his head. All of this is given to us as an image of the Church's role in the life of man.

Yet amazingly (and scandalously) the apostles try to prevent such a thing from happening. The twelve here representing the very hierarchy they will establish put themselves at odds with the very mission of the Church and are decidedly rebuked by the Lord himself. The bishops and priests of his Church are to be hospitable to even the littlest of her members--and apparently some of the most important. It is to them, in the end, to whom the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.

I imagine, too, that were we all able to approach the Lord and his Church as these children,
ready, available and willing, in innocence and trust, we too would receive such love as only the Body of Jesus Christ can give to us. We have been given much, those of us who were carried to the baptismal fount, who like these little ones were brought to the Lord's body by our parents that he should lay his hands upon us and bless us and we should abide in the comfort of his body, the Church, and all she has to offer us, namely, the Kingdom of God.

+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A True Life (Mt 10:34-39)

Jesus reminds us that the only true life is one that is given away. It is a life free of self-obsession and of being overly concerned with what other people think. It is a life indifferent to the current trends of political correctness and popular opinion and one that is zealous for the truth that God proclaims about himself and humanity. It is a life not measured by the tiny instruments of men but by the infinite space of God’s self-giving and unconditional love.

+ Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
Saint Joseph Friary
Harlem, NY
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