Friday, September 12, 2014
A window (photo) to the world taken at Servants of the Father of Mercy supplies warehouse - looking out for the 70,000 homeless in Southern California and beyond. Please make a donation and help with rent and utilities. Send checks to Servants of the Father of Mercy, 1544 Morse Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003. All donations are tax deductible.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Yesterday, it was a wonderful day in the neighborhood at Cypress Place Senior Living. The music group performed our summer touring concert "Healing Waters." You will see here some pics from the day featuring Lars Nelson on sax, Catherine Delgado alto, Angelique Gabrielle Perez soprano, Miguel Dorado Rubio tenor, and Bro. Gary Joseph guitar/vocals. About 45 - 50 seniors enjoyed the concert during the 5p dinner hour and also received gifts of colorful handmade rosaries donated by Our Lady of the Rosary Makers in Seattle, San Leandro, San Luis Obispo and Alberta, CA. At the front table you will see Jean and Jan, they were our groupies! Enjoy the pics. Thanks to the Cypress management team of Pamela, the activities director and Executive Chef - Anthony for all their coordination organizing the event for their residents.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Apostle Paul News Flash:
Everyone's a Sinner so Everyone can Receive God's Mercy - So Be Free from Judging Others!
"Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all." Romans 11: 30-32
Apóstol Pablo Noticias Urgente:
Todo el mundo es un pecador para que todos puedan recibir la misericordia de Dios - Libertad de juzgar a los demás!
De hecho, en otro tiempo ustedes fueron desobedientes a Dios; pero ahora, por la desobediencia de los israelitas, han sido objeto de su misericordia. Así mismo, estos que han desobedecido recibirán misericordia ahora, como resultado de la misericordia de Dios hacia ustedes. En fin, Dios ha sujetado a todos a la desobediencia, con el fin de tener misericordia de todos. Romans 11: 30-32
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Servants of the Father of Mercy are founded on the Father showing extraordinary mercy to the younger son in the story Jesus told to illustrate the vastness of God's love, "Parable of the Prodigal Son." (Photo - Artist, Rembrandt's Prodigal Son)
Now, today Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York comes out in the news as being merciful too. Mercy rules!
AP writer reports today that former president of US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a proud Irishman and grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade will lead the first gay group to march in the coming St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a symbol of the Church's new focus on not judging, but being kind and merciful to all.
"I think we're seeing the Catholicism of Pope Francis come to the Archdiocese of New York," said J. Patrick Hornbeck, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University. "Cardinal Dolan's [action] is welcoming. He did not make this decision, but sees the parade as an opportunity for unity."
Pope Francis last year said church leaders should focus more on mercy than on divisive social issues. He famously said, "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gays and lesbians who are seeking God.
Cardinal Dolan's position on the parade is the latest of his gentler comments on gays and lesbians.
Last year, Dolan was asked on ABC's "This Week" about gay and lesbian Catholics who felt rejected by the church. "Well, the first thing I'd say to them is, 'I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God's image and likeness,'" Dolan said.
When Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced he was gay earlier this year, Dolan said, "Good for him."
"I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless you," Dolan said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The same Bible that tells us that — teaches us well about the virtues of chastity — and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo.'"
As the St. Patrick's Day Parade has no direct ties to the church, but celebrates a Catholic saint has always been a key event for the city's Irish Catholics.
"My phone has been ringing off the hook with people who are upset," Lawler said. "Cardinal Dolan said, 'I'm sure there have been lots of homosexuals marching in the parade before,' but homosexuals identifying themselves seems a contradiction in honoring a [loving] Catholic saint."
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group, said he thinks Dolan feels freer to take positions like his stand on the parade now that he is no longer the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"I think he's able to be more of a pastor to the people of New York than he had been when he was on the national stage, bishops primarily are pastors and teachers and I think he's fulfilling that role," DeBernardo said. "I think Pope Francis has been teaching the bishops what being a pastor means."_______________
Saturday, August 30, 2014
May God bless each of you (photo) with His grace, mercy and peace for all your service to the homeless today in Ventura and Los Angeles. God bless our dear brother Miguel for the photos. May the peace of His poverty be yours! Bro. Joseph and all the Servants of the Father of Mercy at http://homelessinamerica.BlogSpot.com and www.ServantsoftheFather.org
Que Dios bendiga a cada uno (foto) con su gracia, misericordia y paz para todo su servicio a la actualidad sin hogar en Ventura y Los Angeles. Que la paz de la pobreza del Senor ser tuyo. Que Dios bediga hermano Miguel por las fotos! Bro. José y todas los Siervos del Padre de la Misericordia a www.ServantsoftheFather.org y http://homelessinamerica.BlogSpot.com
Thursday, August 28, 2014
"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you. You called, you shouted and shattered my deafness." Saint Augustine (+430 A.D.)
Photo: Saints Augustine and Monica
"Tarde te amé, O Belleza tan antigua y tan nueva, tarde te amé. Llamaste, gritaste, y rompiste mi sordera." San Agustín (+430 A.D.)
Foto: Santos Agustín y Mónica_______________
Saturday, August 23, 2014
May God bless all the "homeless" elderly living at St. Joseph's Retirement facility in Ojai that attended today's Servants of the Father of Mercy special summer concert "Healing Waters." May God bless all the singers and musicians Lars Nelson, Catherine Delgado, Angelique Gabrielle Perez (on her birthday) and Miguel Dorado Rubio. Special thanks to Adriana from Kairos KM Olg SP for stopping by as well as Angela and her husband Bob. Above are some pictures from the day.
Que Dios bendiga a todos los "sin techo" ancianos que viven en las instalaciones de Retiro de San José en Ojai que asistió hoy de Siervos del Padre de la Misericordia especial de conciertos de verano "Healing Waters." Que Dios bendiga a todos los cantantes y músicos Lars Nelson, Catherine Delgado, Angelique Gabrielle Pérez (en su cumpleaños) y Miguel Rubio Dorado. Un agradecimiento especial a Adriana de Kairos KM Olg SP por parar cerca, así como Angela y su marido Bob. Aquí hay algunas fotos de la jornada._______________