Thursday, November 20, 2014

Perfection


To go to heaven we don't have to be perfect, we just have to be merciful.  "Blessed are the merciful, they will receive mercy."  Matthew 5:7

Para ir al cielo no tenemos que ser perfecto, sólo tenemos que ser misericordiosos. "Bienaventurados los misericordiosos, recibirán misericordia." Mateo 5:7
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Let them have Showers!



Pope Francis announced today shower stalls for the homeless will be added to the public restrooms in the Vatican's St. Peter’s Square so that the homeless in the area have a place to wash up, Catholic News Service reports.

Due to begin on November 17, the construction project will be tacked on to remodeling initiative for the restrooms that the Vatican already has in the works.

When asked if tourists would be offended by the presence of showers so close to the Vatican’s famous colonnades, “The Basilica exists in order to keep the Body of Christ, and we serve Jesus’ suffering body by serving the poor. Always, in the history of Rome, the poor congregated around the Basilicas.”

Pope Francis has paid special attention to the plight of the poor during his young papacy. Last year, a source in Rome told The Huffington Post that the pontiff has left the Vatican at night dressed like an ordinary priest to join Krajewski on his nightly rounds to meet with the homeless. According to the AP, it's a practice he began when he was archbishop of Argentina.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Many People, Many Gifts


We thank God today for the many people and their gifts that have been donated at the "Servants of the Father of Mercy" to bring joy to the homeless this Holiday Season:

* Oranges, lemons and tangerines from Linda Scaramella, Ventura, CA
* Pinecones from Penny at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Camarillo, CA
* Pinecones from Nancy Pena and Miguel Dorado Rubio, Santa Paula, CA
* Miniature bottles of grotto water from Our Lady's Gift Shop, Lourdes, France
* Handmade Thanksgiving Cards for the homeless - 6, 7, 8 grade kids at St. Mary Magdalene, Camarillo, CA
* Hand decorated pinecones from high school students, Santa Clara High School, Oxnard, CA
* Ventura Carpet Cleaning, cleaning the chapel carpets, Ventura, CA
* Christmas Ranch Tree Farm, fresh cut tree for the chapel, Thousand Oaks, CA
* Virginia and Peter Aguirre, St. Thomas Aquinas, blanket drive, Ojai, CA
* Mark Burke and Michael Valencia blanket drive, Anaheim, CA

There is an urgent need for sponsors of $7 Thanksgiving Day - Subway Sandwich gift cards that will be hand delivered to the homeless in So Cal Thanksgiving Morning with handmade holiday cards from the grade school children at St. Mary Magdalene.  Message on Facebook if you would like to help or go to servantsofthefather.org and easily donate there as well .

May God greatly bless each and every one, one and all!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

According to Jesus the Real Issue Isn't the Lack of Morals -- It's the Abundance of Hypocrisy in the Church


The Woes of the Priests and Pharisees is a list of criticisms by Jesus of hypocrisy "don't do as I do, but do as I say". Seven are listed in Matthew 23 and hence Matthew's version is known as the seven woes.  In Matthew they occur shortly before Jesus returns to Jerusalem for his last few days before being crucified. Some scholars believe that when Jesus criticized the leaders for their self-righteous attitude and not the publicans, tax collectors, prostitutes and sinners he had set himself up to be killed a few days later by the ones with all the power and money -the very ones he criticized a few days earlier. (Note - We see here in Matthew 23 that Jesus was not railroaded to the cross by a rowdy bunch of poor, broken, marginalized and sinful prostitutes, gays, drunks, addicts and divorcees.)

1. First Woe - Neglect of love/mercy:  "You give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God."

2. Second Woe - Pride/ego:  "Why do you seek the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces?"

3.  Third Woe - Private unseen dirty heart/soul:  "You are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."

4.  Fourth Woe - Hypocrites telling people to do what they would not do:  "You load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers"

5.  Fifth Woe - Murderers: "You build the tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them."

6.  Sixth Woe - Self-importance creates a wall:  "You are not the key but a wall preventing the people to enter the kingdom of God."

7.  Seventh Woe - Power and control:  "You lie and wait hoping to trap me, but the hunter will trap and shoot himself."

Jesus said:  "Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and the first who will be last. So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are be called, but few are chosen." Matthew 8:11 - 12
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ordinary People with Extraordinary Mercy






The Servants of the Father of Mercy are ordinary everyday American people giving extraordinary heavenly mercy to the poor and homeless.

Los Siervos del Padre de la Misericordia son personas comunes Americano que dan extraordinaria misericordia del cielo para los pobres sin hogar.

Here are action photos from this past weekend!
 
Aquí es fotos acciónes este fin de semana pasado!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Join the Christmas Choir: Hugs of peace, tears of joy and Goosebumps of love!



The "homeless" old folks in So Cal nursing facilities need you to come and sing for them this coming Christmas season.  Servants of the Father of Mercy choir needs men, women, children and instruments of all shapes and sizes to bring hugs of peace, tears of joy and Goosebumps of love. Skip the mall this year!  Join our Christmas choir today, save money and go to heaven.  Call Bro. Joseph now at (310) 595-4175.  First practice is coming real soon.  Call now!


CONCERT TOUR:  “Jesus the King, Messiah, Emmanuel, God is With Us!”

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:6-8
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Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Take on the Infallibility of the Pope: But will they practice what they preach?



Over the past 50 years it has been easy for the conservative self-righteous to insist on Church doctrine - the infallibility of the Pope and to all times to support, follow, love and respect him not matter what he asks of His flock.  But after today's Vatican announcement of mercy and love, will they follow what they have preached?

Today, the Catholic bishops synod in the Vatican, as reported by Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press, "a seismic shift" by the Catholic Church toward gays after the conference of bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with "precious" support.

In a preliminary report half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life, the bishops also said the church must recognize the "positive" aspects of civil unions and even Catholics who cohabitate, with the aim of bringing them to a lifelong commitment in a church wedding.

The report summarized the closed-door debate that Pope Francis initiated to discuss a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance rather than condemnation, and it will guide discussions until a final document is issued Saturday.

"For the LGBT Catholics in the United States and around the world, this new document is a light in the darkness - a dramatic new tone from a church hierarchy that has long denied the very existence of committed and loving gay and lesbian partnerships," said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBT rights organization in the U.S.

The Bishops clearly took into account the views of the pope, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had `'gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

"This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic church speaks of gay people," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author. "The Synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did."

The bishops repeated that gay marriage was off the table. But it acknowledged that gay partnerships had merit.

"Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners," they said.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group said that though the report repeats doctrine about gay marriage, "the move toward accepting and valuing the gifts of gay and lesbian people is a major step forward."

Bishops also called for "courageous" new ways to minister to families, especially those "damaged" by divorce. The document didn't take sides in the most divisive issue at the synod, whether Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment can receive Communion.

Church teaching holds that without an annulment, these Catholics are living in sin and thus ineligible to receive the sacraments.

Pope Francis has called for a more merciful approach to these couples, but conservatives have insisted there is no getting around Jesus' words that marriage is indissoluble.
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