Remember Us: Thanksgiving and Christmas


LOGOHello everyone:

We’re sorry to bother our friends and family again.  However, we’re running low on funds.  We helped a family with December’s rent, which is over $1000.00 and we paid Brother Bernardo’s tuition for this semester.

We’re asking everyone who reads this to be generous and to go to PayPal on this page or our website and make a small tax deductible donation to the Franciscans of Life.  www.franciscansoflife.org

You can also make out a check to Franciscans of Life

And mail it to

Franciscans of Life
9461 Palm Circle South
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

Thank you for your assistance.  Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Day and weekend.

Always your brother,

Brother Jay, FFV

Superior

Published in: on November 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM  Leave a Comment  

Llamado a la comunidad hispana


spain-653008_640Los Franciscanos por la Vida saludan a la comunidad hispana.  Durante estos días después de las elecciones, hemos visto muchas protestas en el noticiero y muchos comentarios de parte de personas hispanas y de otros grupos minoritarios.  Todo se debe al temor que aumente la discriminación contra los grupos minoritarios y otras personas indefensas.

Los hermanos comprendemos la preocupación que sienten muchas personas ya que el tenor de esta última campaña para la presidencia de EEUU fue un escándalo debido a palabras y gestos que ofendieron a muchas personas y otras palabras que le niegan la protección de la ley a un niño en el vientre, pero protege la redefinición de “matrimonio” para acomodar uniones de personas del mismo sexo.  También se propuso utilizar dinero del pueblo para subsidiar al movimiento más abortivo y cruel de nuestra época, Planned Parenthood.

Al final de cuentas, ganara quien ganara las elecciones, personas inocentes corren el riesgo do ser ignorados y oprimidos.  Otros corren el riesgo de que se le niegue el derecho a nacer y las parejas casadas se encuentran con el  oprobio que les dice que su matrimonio y el de dos personas del mismo sexo, son la misma cosa.

La pregunta es ¿Cómo deben responder los hispanos al resultado de las elecciones, ya que se ve, desde un avión, que ganara quien ganara, la moral y los inocentes serían atacados?

Creemos tener algunos consejos que pueden ayudar a proteger al pueblo y animar a gobierno que cumpla con la constitución.

  1. Protestar por las calles no va a cambiar el resultado de las elecciones. Al contrario, la ira solo sirve para fertilizar el odio.  Por lo tanto, muchas de las protestas que se ven en las calles refuerzan el desprecio pecaminoso que poseen ciertas personas sin conciencia moral.
  1. Es importante identificar, con mucha especificad, lo que el pueblo espera de la nueva administración. Pero no basta con hacer una lista de avideces. Es necesario vivir activamente como ciudadano del entorno promoviendo lo bueno y rechazando lo malo.
  1. Si solo mencionamos lo malo y nunca mencionamos lo bueno, se corre el riesgo que las autoridades ignoren lo bueno ya que la ciudadanía ha dado la impresión que aquellos ideales y leyes que responden a la dignidad del hombre según la voluntad de Dios, no son de gran importancia para los constituyentes de esta sociedad.   Hay que identificar lo bueno poner el oído a la tierra y la mirada hacia arriba para asegurarnos que se cumpla con el bien, sobre todo con la ley moral.
  1. Hacer comentarios candentes en el Internet, sobre todo en Facebook, no lleva a nada bueno. Quizás usted siente alivio porque se descarga, pero la persona que lee sus comentarios solo siente miedo, fastidio, y muchas veces ira que no sentía antes.  El ser humano es como la esponja.  La esponja absorbe agua, pero también recoge desperdicio y basura dentro de una olla o sobre una mesa.  De la misma manera, la mente humana absorbe lo negativo con mucha más facilidad que lo positivo.
  1. Por último, después de tener un listado concreto del bien que queremos que nuestro gobierno logre y los males que debe intentar de resolver, animemos a nuestros hermanos hispanos a propagar el mensaje hasta que todo ciudadano hispano norteamericano oiga y comprenda la misión que se le debe encargar al gobierno, no obstante el partido o el candidato. Lo bueno es bueno aquí y en el Japón.  Lo malos es malo en Miami y en el infierno.  Las demostraciones y el ruido por las calles, sin un temario concreto, son restos de la vida que muchos hispanos dejaron atrás cuando salieron de Latinoamérica donde las revoluciones y demostraciones sin especificad solo expulsan un gobierno malo y lo reemplazan con otro igual o peor.
  1. Por último, no olvidar que para Dios nada es imposible. El poder de la oración es inmensurable.  El Espíritu Santo puede convertir un corazón de piedra en un corazón de amor.  También puede dar fuerzas y resistencia para sobrevivir cualquier noche oscura.  Si no comprende lo que digo con la noche oscura, lea la vida de cualquier santo.  Le recomiendo Santa Rita, San Juan Bosco, San Felipe Neri, y Santa Gianna Molla.

Mantengamos la paz interior para promover la paz en nuestro entorno familiar y nacional.  Tengamos siempre presente que el pecado no puede contra Dios, es un estorbo y a veces un reto, pero nunca triunfa sobre la caridad hacia Dios y hacia el prójimo.  Colaboremos con Dios.  No somos un cuerpo sin cabeza.  Que cada gesto y cada palabra que exponemos en público, salga de la cabeza, que es Cristo.christ-kind-and-queen-mother

Published in: on November 21, 2016 at 12:14 AM  Leave a Comment  

To those who are interested


logoNow that the Election Day is over, as superior of the Franciscans of Life, consistent with our mission to bring Christ to the voiceless and to hear the whisper of Christ’s voice coming from those whom the world tries to silence, I exhort everyone to focus on what is truly important.

Gloating, because your candidate won, does nothing for the voiceless Christ, neither does complaining and whining because your candidate did not achieve the necessary votes to win the White House.

But as people of good will, especially those who are people of faith, our focus should never be on partisan triumph.  Our Holy Father St. Francis addressed this issue very clearly in his letter to the Rulers of the People.

Know that you are beholden to render an account before your Lord God Jesus Christ on the day of Judgment. Let those who keep this writing with them and observe it know that they are blessed by the Lord God.”

In a democratic society, every citizen is part of the machinery that rules the people.  Therefore, every citizen has the moral obligation to uphold moral law and the social teaching of the Gospel, as well the moral obligation to cooperate with fellow citizens so that Christ’s words may be fulfilled.

“That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me,” (Jn 17:21). 

Let us never forget that the sanctity of life begins at conception, but it does not fade at birth.  Every life is sacred in the eyes of God.  Therefore, let us work together for the right to be born, the right to live free of war and terrorism, the right to expect assistance from our human family in times of natural disaster, the right to live free of domestic violence and abuse, and the right to die when God calls us home, not when man decides that the time has come to “checkout.”

The sanctity of human life demands that all of us do whatever is possible to do the best for as many people as we can and never do anything to deliberately violate the respect that is due to another person’s life, because the life that person lives, be he a saint or a demon, remains sacred because it flows from the hand of the Creator.

Political unity was not the sole intention of Jesus’ prayer, but unity of faith.  However, as Maria sings in the Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

Finally, the Franciscans of Life commit to work with all men and women. We commit ourselves to work for the unity that Christ wants.

Published in: on November 9, 2016 at 3:45 PM  Leave a Comment  

We Fail to See the Light


Very often we hear people say, “That’s good for you guys, because you’re in vows; but the rest of us are not.”  This comes from practicing Catholics.  I believe that people who make such a comment do not understand the temporal purpose of the vowed life.

The vowed life is for the benefit of the person who makes the vows, but also for the benefit of the whole body, the Church.  Married couples also make vows.  Imagine what would happen if people of faith adopted the belief that the marriage vows are for the benefit and responsibility of the couple, but have no bearing on the rest of Christ’s Mystical Body.  Marriage would make no sense.

A vowed life, whether one vows to observe chastity, poverty and obedience or one vows to be faithful to one’s spouse until death, in good times and in hard times, is not wp_20150118_016a private relationship between the person who makes the vow, the people in his life and God.  God does not call people into private relationships with him to the exclusion of everyone else.  Even hermits, such as the Carthusians, embrace the cross in silence and solitude for the benefit of the Church as well as their benefit.

The vows of consecrated life (chastity, poverty and obedience) have a transcendent quality to them.  The individual making the vows renounces everything that the world has to offer in order to live more perfectly the vows made at Baptism.  He or she does not promise to do profession-of-vowssomething different from the rest of the baptized.  He promises to do the same, but more perfectly or as close to perfection as is possible for him.  In doing so he becomes a sign of life in the Kingdom of God.

This leads us into the temporal quality of the consecrated life.  God chooses to place consecrated men and women in the middle of His people for the benefit of the Church.  Through their life of prayer, sacrifice, service and love, God’s grace pours into the world.  God is willing to do Julian_Corpus_Christicartwheels to save us.  He gives us the Scriptures.  He gives us Himself through the Incarnation and the Eucharist.  He shares His life with us through the sacraments.  And he places many other sources of grace in the middle of the marketplace for the salvation of his people.

If one assumes that the life and works of the man or woman in vows or the married couple does not affect us or commit us in any way, then one is ignoring and possibly bride-groomrejecting the grace that God wishes to share with us through these states in life.

We need not be married to learn to love without holding anything back.  Everyone is called to love without restrictions on his love. JEANNIE 31 WEEKS PREGNANT

The married couple is God’s sign of such love.  We can’t simply turn away and say, “Love without reservation is for you, because you’re married.”

We need not to vow chastity, poveuntitled-4rty and obedience to learn how to think and act with a pure heart, how to let go of the many things, people and places that redirect our attention away from God and we don’t need to be in vows to be bound to obey God as he reveals His will to us through Sacred Scripture, Jesus Christ and the Church.

This last one is key, obedience.  Obedience to what God asks of us at any given moment is not for a select few.  oratoryThose bound by a vow of obedience are to be the models of submission to the will of God, not the only people bound to submit to God’s will.

Maybe one of the reasons why vocations to the consecrated life are down and the reason that some consecrated persons are lukewarm in the way they live out the vows, is because we have separated the vowed state in life from the secular man and woman. When we separate the Evangelical Counsels from the secular sphere, what counsels are left to guide the secular man and woman to fulfill his or her baptismal promises?  Chastity, poverty and obedience are the yard-lines that lead to the final goal, the perfection of charity.

How does one know how close or how far he is from the goal without the yard-lines?

When the vows of chastity, poverty obedience and hurricane_matthewthe
vows of marriage are lived as they should be lived, they become a torch that is a sign of God’s light in what sometimes seems like a dark and scary world.flame