We’ve had a car accident — Please help!


Dear Friends:

Christmas has always been a time of great blessings for those who are attentive to the movements of God.  This year has been no different.  As usual, God pours out blessings, but not always following human logic.  You may lose an arm in some accident.  The truth could well be that had you kept driving, you or others may have lost their lives.  God always allows the path that will bring us closer to him.  This happened to us December 26th.

One of our brothers was on his way to visit his elderly parents for Christmas when he was struck from behind by another car.  Praise God that he and the other driver walked away without a scratch.  Our car was not so fortunate.

AAA came to tow the car and said that it was impossible.  Brother would need a flat bed truck, because the rear axle broke on impact.  After four hours of waiting for a flat bead truck to be available, Brother was finally home.

As you can see from the pictures, the damage to our car is pretty extensive.  It will probably cost more to repair it than what the car is worth.  It’s a 12-year old car.  Nonetheless, without it, we’re crippled.  Because I’m in a wheelchair, public transportation is very difficult for me.  One of our brothers travels 25 miles (one way) to go to school; then we have apostolates, medical appointments and the usual trips that most families make to the pharmacy and supermarket.

WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP!  Even if the insurance company chose to pay us the Blue Book value of the car, it would not be enough to buy another.  We only have about $1800.00 the bank.

If you want to make a contribution, you can visit our website and use PayPal.  That is https://franciscansoflife.org or our blog at https://franciscansoflife.com.

Should you decide to mail us a check, please make it out to Franciscans of Life and mail it t0

Franciscans of Life

9461 Palm Circle South

Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

Franciscans of Life is a 501c3 not for profit charity.  All donations are tax deductible.

If you live in South Florida and you have an old junker that you would like to donate, we’ll be happy to take it off your hands, as long as it runs.

Poverty does not allow us to keep a stash of cash for emergencies.  Every extra dollar that we get, goes toward material assistance for the poor.  The primitive Franciscan practice was to refrain from have such things as emergency savings.  So we have none.

Thank you for our continuous generosity.  May the Christ Child pour many blessings upon you and your family and my His Virgin Mother wrap you in her protective mantle, as she did with the babe in Bethlehem.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all.

Brother Jay Rivera, FFV

Superior

 

 

 

 

Published in: on December 27, 2015 at 1:11 PM  Leave a Comment  

“Come to Bethlehem and see / Christ Whose birth the angels sing!”


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Nativity scene at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

The Franciscans of Life wish to extend to you our most sincere hope for a peaceful and joyous Christmas!

Christmas is a very special time in the life of mankind, because it sets into motion the fulfillment of the Covenants that the Lord had made with Israel at different times before pre-Christian history.

Th12313767_1724552867778905_4437807418574257125_ne Incarnation and the Virgin Birth set into motion the journey to Calvary and our redemption.

Our holy father St. Francis was sensitive to the connection between Christmas and the Pasch of the Christ. He sets up the first creche, not because Christmas is the center of our Faith, but it is the first step in the final chapter of the Covenant, which was fulfilled during the Easter triduum.

As we enter the Christmas season let us remember that Christmas is not an end. Rather, it is the beginning of the journey to Good Friday and Easter.

Let us begin. Up to now we have done nothing.

– St. Francis

The Franciscans of Life will remember your intentions at Midnight mass. If you have a special intention, you can email it to us, and your communique will remain strictly confidential: email

Have a grace filled Christmas!

Nativity scene at our mother house

The Brothers

GAUDETE


advent wreathAs we prepare for Christmas Day, many small, but wonderful things are happening in our community.  Probably the most exciting is the fact that we held a chapter and Brother Bernardo D’Carmine’s request to make vows as a regular brother was accepted by the chapter and ratified by the superior.  A regular brother is one who makes vows, lives a celibate life in community and follows a monastic schedule during the day.  An extern brother is one who makes a solemn promise to observe the rule and constitutions.  However, he remains in the world  This can be a diocesan deacon or priest, a married layman or a single man who is hoping to marry.

Brother Bernardo will profess vows of obedience, poverty, chastity and free service to the Gospel of Life on January 18, 2016, just one month away.  The profession will take place at 7:45PM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.  Rev. Mr. Scott Joiner will preside over the solemn vesper service and Father Superior will receive Brother Bernardo’s vows.

I regret that I cannot extend an open invitation.  Profession of temporary vows usually takes place in a private setting with the immediate family, the brothers and two friends of the newly professed.

Some of you may be curious as to what happens at this ceremony.  There are several parts.  Let me walk you through them.

One:  After the opening of solemn evening prayer, the superior calls up the candidate and asks him what he wants, to which the novice responds that he wishes to consecrate his life to Christ, the Immaculate and to the Church.

Two:  The Liturgy of the Hours continues as usual.  If it’s not a required feast day, the brothers pray the Office of the Passion composed by Saint Francis and approved by the Church for public use.

Three: After the psalms there are two readings, one from an epistle and one from the Gospel.

Four:  The superior again invites the novice to come up to the sanctuary and proceeds to interrogate him on his faith.  This is extremely important, because Francis clearly said that no one may be admitted to the fraternity unless he is truly Catholic.  The novice must proclaim that he believes and obeys without question, everything that the Church teaches.

Five:  The novice now returns to his seat and the cleric proceeds to deliver the homily.

Six:  After the homily, the novice quietly walks up to the superior who is seated on a special chair in the sanctuary and says, “Father, please pray that I may do the will of God.”  He then prostrates on the floor while the other brothers sing the litany of the Franciscan saints.

Seven:  Having finished the litany, the novice kneeprofession of vowsls with hands in the superior’s hand.  The superior asks him, “Are you firmly resolved to live the Gospel walking in the footsteps of St. Francis under the protection of the Immaculate.”

The novice answers in the affirmative and the superior encourages him to profess his vows.

The novice says:

I, Brother N, vow and promise to almightly God, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, our holy father Saint Francis and to you Father, to observe, for three years, the Rule of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance and the constitutions of this society, living in obedience, without property, in celibate chastity and I also vow to freely proclaim the Gospel of Life.  May God be my judge.

The superior responds:

May the Holy Spirit, who has begun this work in you bring it to fruition and may the Immaculate Mother of God lead you into the presence of her divine son.

The newly professed brother stands and the superior removes his wooden Tau cross and replaces it with a brass Tau cross.  He turns toward the congregation and recites the Magnificat; “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord . . . . “

The brother then proceeds to the altar where he will sign the profession book and his signature is witnessed by one of his parents, two brothers and the superior.  He then goes to the front of the sanctuary where he will receive the embrace of peace from those gathered for the ceremony.

Eight:  Now the Liturgy of the Hours continues as usual.  Just before the final blessing, the superior says a few words to the brother and those in the congregation.

Because Franciscans of Life is a private association of the faithful, with the blessing of the Archbishop of Miami, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, these vows are considered private vows.  We pray for more vocations so that when we have the required number of brothers, the Church may elevate us to a public association of the faithful and eventually to a congregation.  So, please pray with us for more vocations.

We want to congratulate Brother and tell everyone how proud we are of him.   Brother has distinguished himself in the quest for virtue, life of prayer, love for his brothers and service to the voiceless.  He gives talks, organizes educational events on the Right to Be Born, and collects other people’s treasures to sell at a flea market to help support us and our work.  He also teachers religious education and is founding a group of Young Franciscans for Life with college students.  Brother is also a full-time graduate student and a researcher at a leading university.

Postulant Novice

From postulant to novice, soon to be professed

Let us remain united in prayer as we proceed toward Christmas and let keep Brother in prayer as he completes his last month of novitiate.

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