Monday, April 24, 2017

Bronx Block Party

Monday, April 10, 2017

Humble on a Donkey

Podcast from Fr. Juniper Adams, CFR. A beautiful Palm Sunday homily on the humility of Jesus Christ. Listen to learn more!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

What will you lay on?

Wednesday afternoon I left from Yonkers for our shelter in the Bronx as normal; it was the first time the blue sky had broken the grey sheet of clouds and the temperature was up into the low 60s. Needless to say, my windows were down and I was loving life driving down the road toward the highway. As I approached the on-ramp my blissful thoughts about the beauty of the day were interrupted by a rhythmic sound that was vaguely familiar…a flat tire! I pulled over before I was on the highway and began to change the tire when a car stopped and a middle-aged Hispanic man, named Marcos, got out and approached asking if I needed any help. He was kind enough to assist in the switch that was pulled off with a record time that may qualify us for one of the pit teams of the Daytona 500.  I thanked him and because I was close to home decided to go switch out the car with another one and deal with the bad tire later.

No sooner did I begin to drive than my ear, now a bit attentive to every creak the car was making, heard the same rhythmic sound coming from the same side…the “spare” was almost entirely flat! This drive was going from beautiful to frustrating real quick. Given all the factors, I concluded that driving slowly back to the friary (roughly a half mile or so) was my best option, and I would avoid paying for towing. As I plodded along with hazards blinking at a whopping 5mph, I was deeply conscious of the inconvenience my presence was on the road, but I figure folks would understand given the evident distress of my situation. In the midst of navigating the potholes from recent snow plows, my ears were stuck with the sustained noise of the woman behind me laying on her horn. “Who in the heck is this woman, and doesn’t she see my hazards and flat spare?! Who does that?,” I fumed inside.

It’s oh so easy in life, isn’t it, to see the splinter in another’s eye and pick up stones…at least mentally. The Lord led me, however, to see that my own response to the weakness and brokenness in the lives of others is often to lay on the horn, not to stop ask if they need help. With the brother who drives me crazy at moments in living community life, or the person who is just having a bad day and says or acts in a way that is difficult for me. How many of us, when we see the brokenness of a spouse, child, parent, co-worker, or stranger on the street respond with judgment, impatience, or a sarcastic comment? When the worst comes out of others, do we seek to know what lies underneath their caustic veneer? Do I patiently bear those moments and bring mercy into the world as Marcos, or do I see only an inconvenience and burden in the weakness of the other? Let’s take the gift of this time of Lent to ask for the grace to draw near to others in their suffering and allow the stripes we may feel from their brokenness to be a source of healing for them. What will you “lay on” this Lent, the horn or love?

+ Br. Malachy Joseph Napier, CFR
Yonkers, NY

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tea Talk With Patsy


Podcast from Fr. Luke Fletcher and Patsy Schlaegel. A conversation over tea in the kitchen at Saint Leopold Friary in Yonkers. Patsy has been a lay associate with our friars in Albuquerque, NM, since the beginning. Listen to learn more!


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A Map to Hidden Treasure

Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. How natural it is for the human heart to search for a hidden treasure. Everyone loves a pirate story, now we know why. Listen to learn more!



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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Living in the Light

Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. Some hilarious stories about lessons learned along the way. How I received my new name. Listen to learn more!


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Friday, March 24, 2017

A Disciple’s prayer

Heavenly Father, I come before You this day as your son/daughter. I desire to know You with my mind, to love You with my heart, to experience Your presence in those I meet today, and bring your love to those most in need.

Guide me this day, that I may be a beacon of light for others. Purify me, that I may be free from all self centered motivations and from anything that would prevent your light from shining through me. I am Yours to form and use according to Your will.

My God, I believe in You, hope in You and love You above all else. Keep me always faithful to you and never let me be apart from you.

Mary, I ask you as my Mother, to intercede for me and bring me closer to the heart of Jesus. Teach me, Mary how to pray, serve and sacrifice so as to reveal the mercy of your Son more deeply in our broken world. Help me to follow His will and pray for me, that like you, I would trust without knowing, believe without seeing and love without seeking a reward.

I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(Prayer composed by Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR, for the Associates of Shepherds CafƩ, Dallas, TX)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Father Brother Robert rest in peace

+ Fr. Robert Stanion, CFR
April 1, 1947 - March 23, 2009
One of our founders, may he rest in peace and pray for us!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Podcast from Fr. Luke Fletcher and Br. Malachy Napier, CFR. The encounter of Christ with the woman at the well reminds us that we go down to seek the grace of God in humility. Listen to learn more!!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Father Andrew Apostoli

from our friend Anthony Scillia:

Congratulations to Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, on his Silver Jubilee!! Fifty years ago today, Father was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ by future Saint Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. I've been blessed to spend some time with Father lately. He is a truly holy & pious man. Ad Multos Annos, Father Andrew.

Monday, March 13, 2017

When God Speaks


Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. The Transfiguration prepared them for the Crucifixion. Jesus' life was not taken from him, rather he offered it freely in love for us. Listen to learn what this means for the trials and crosses in our lives.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent


Podcast from Fr. Jeremiah, CFR. In the Transfiguration Jesus reveals to us His glory, that He is not just a carpenter, a prophet or a holy man, but that He is God. But also the Transfiguration is meant to prepare the disciples for the events of Holy Week, where God allows himself to be handed over, mocked, spit upon and crucified. Hence, it is during Jesus' passion and death where we the heart of God is fully revealed to us.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Divine Desire

O Heavenly Father,
look on us, your children.

Through the discipline of Lent

help us to grow in our desire for you.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lenten Paradox

Lord, May our generosity today bring joy to those in need, in helping them may we find you. #Lent

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hand of God at Work

God's Fatherly providence works within our free will:
I'm visiting family in Indiana. I randomly chose a place for breakfast with a friend, turns out our waitress is preparing for baptism and entry into the Church. Her sister recently joined the Church in New York City where I live!

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

True Love on Valentines Day

#ValentinesDay  #StValentinesDay 
Catholic definition of #LOVE: ❤️
always connected to what is true and good,
šŸŽµ more than a feeling šŸŽµ

#ValentinesDay  #StValentinesDay
Catholic definition of #LOVE: ❤️
always connected to what is true and good,
šŸŽµ more than a feeling šŸŽµ

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Abandoned by God (is it possible?)

Podcast from Fr. Jeremiah, CFR. The feeling of being abandoned by God is perhaps one of the most common human experiences. However, we must ask, is it true? Is it possible for God to abandon us? What God invites us to in those moments of darkness is not to despair but to mature faith. God allows us to experience these difficult moments so our faith can rest on nothing but God alone. Hence, the moments of darkness in our life can actually become our greatest blessings, provided we reach beyond what we can feel in faith to the Living God who can never abandon us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Heart of Homelessness

podcast from Br. John Mary, CFR. A moving story from the streets of New York City.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

How to be Happy

Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. How to be happy and why it is most important! Listen to learn more!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Word From God's Word

A word from God's word

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SEEK and Find

San Antonio in January shouldn’t be below freezing with biting winds, but as I stepped out of my hotel and started my four-block trek back to the convention center for a conference called SEEK, my one thought was to just get back into a building with heat. I gripped my guitar, pulled my hood down over my head and marched as quickly as I could toward my destination amidst groups of other young Catholics and locals who all had faces like flint pressing ahead. Emerging from a side street I noticed an older African American man slowly moving with his cane in one hand, a peppered grey beard, a genuine smile and eyes that welcomed me in his city. 

“Good morning. How are you today?” I said, but moving only slow enough to not seem in a rush and hear him respond, “Good morning to you too! I see you’re a musician.” 

Now at this point I was a half-step ahead of him already and conscious that I was running late to Mass. It was only a split second, but something inside told me to slow down and talk to this man. This time I listened to that voice and slowed to the moseying pace of this older man and we began to talk about music and he shared about his own life and all the different instruments he’s played over the years – keys, trombone, guitar, drums and singing. 

“It’s all the same notes, just different instruments. You know the notes, you know music,” he told me as we discussed the variety of his musical skills. As he said this I was amazed at the beauty of this man and the joy that filled my heart as we walked and talked, eventually arriving at the bus top where he was headed. The conversation and his presence had grabbed my attention such that I stayed there talking to him. He told me his name was Ishmael and he’d lived most all his life in San Antonio. Before leaving I asked if we could pray together.  

As a religious I’m accustomed to people waiting for me to start the prayer when I do this, but Ishmael just busted right into a prayer to the Father and began thanking Him for me saying, “Father I thank you for this man who you sent to me to talk to this morning. I thank you that in all these people walking all around – look around and see em all- that he said hello and spoke to me today. He didn’t have to, but he stopped to talk to me. Bless him Father on his way Lord.” 

I just looked at Ishmael, overcome, and began praying the same prayer to God in thanksgiving for him! For the next two blocks I kept thanking God for Ishmael and brought him into Mass in my prayers and continued to “give thanks” for him. 

Though it wasn’t some extraordinary act of charity on my part to stop and talk to this old-timer on the streets of San Antonio, I realized that God had done something extraordinary with that ordinary encounter that began with a simple hello and smile. His life, his world, were completely different from mine, but God used Ishmael to show me that even though the “instruments” of our lives looked different, we both knew the notes of God’s love and so we were gifted by God with something of an improv moment when we both experienced the beauty of the Lord’s presence in someone who before had been a stranger. Now we both know the truth, that we were in fact brothers playing the same song on different instruments. 

+ Br. Malachy Napier, CFR
Yonkers, NY

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

God’s love: Our primary motivation

In silent prayer we encounter the unconditional love of God.  Regardless of who we are, where we have been, or what we have done, silence reveals to us a loving presence that accepts us where we are right now.  The reason, I believe, that so many people do not experience this love, is because they have not traveled deeply into their own heart.  Most of us live on the surface of life, accepting its shadows, illusions and noise as the sum total of all that life has to offer.  Silence takes us deeper, beyond the masks and all that is temporary, and reveals to each one of us the love of God.  To discover the love of God is the very purpose of our life.  What could be more important than this?  After all, everything else passes away, but His love “endures forever.” (Ps 136)  Fortunately, one does not have to travel far to encounter this love, it is inside our own hearts if only we can learn to be still.  Regardless of our situation and circumstances, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”(Rms 5:5)  What each one of us has to do, and what is really the work of silent prayer, is to open ourselves to that love, surrender to it and allow it to be the foundation of our lives.

It should be no surprise that the fruits of silent prayer are the fruits of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness and self-control.(Gal 5:22-23)  When we open ourselves to God, the love of God revealed in these fruits, becomes a part of our life.  Instead of reacting to life from a place of fear and anxiety, a quiet awareness begins to emerge from within, and we no longer need to live as victims of our own emotions or those of others.  This transformation, of course, does not happen immediately.  Gradually, as we pray in silence each day, the love of God will reveal itself in ever-greater depths.

Perhaps there will be a time when someone will ask you, “Why do you sit in silence?”  The answer will come, not from a book, but from the depths of your heart. “I sit in silence because God is in love with me, and by spending time with Him in silence, I am falling more in love with God.”

+ Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

EWTN Archive Fr. Benedict and Steven McDonald


May he rest in peace and pray for us!!!!