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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Putting Christmas in Perspective


His exit from heaven, birth in a barn and the first reign of King Jesus on Calvary - the equivalent of a U.S. president, nominated, elected, installed and then moving out of the White House to live on a trash heap; donating all his assets to the poor.

The Apostle Paul puts the first Christmas in perspective for us; "You are well acquainted with the favor shown you by our Lord Jesus Christ: how for your sake he made himself poor though he was very rich, so that you might become rich by his poverty."  2 Corinthians 8:9

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Thanks be to God for our brother Mark Burke in Orange County! The Servants of the Father of Mercy homeless family are receiving Christmas gifts on Christmas Day of handmade kids’ holiday greeting cards and $10 Subway Sandwich cards. They also got a warm blanket collected by Don Burt and team in Redondo Beach. In Ventura at Santa Clara Park, the homeless also received soap and hygiene kits made up by our very own retiree Maggie Cervantes from Santa Paula. Each bag was stuffed with a handmade rosary by Our Lady of the Rosary Makers in Alberta, CA, San Leandro, CA, Seattle, WA and Claire Donner in San Luis Obispo, CA. They also received stuffed animals collected by Angelique Gabrielle Perez and her mom Catherine Delgado. What joy these gifts brought - just simple hugs from kids in cards, a piece of motel soap, simple things, not very complicated but delivering lasting joy! So now, from our very poor, broken, empty and lonely homeless family in So Cal to yours, Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Mysterious Christmas Spirit

"The mysterious spirit of generosity which possesses us at Christmas is the afterglow of Calvary."  Billy Graham

Please donate today a $10 Subway Sandwich gift card so each member of our homeless family can go have a hearty meal on Christmas day http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless or post donations to Servants of the Father of Mercy, P O Box 42001, Los Angeles, CA 90042. All gifts are tax deductible.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Christmas God-particle

Each year 'round about now there seems to be a bit of confusion among hedonists, pagans, atheists and fallen away Christians and even non-Christians as to why the magic and miracle of Christmas still beckons them in spite of their beliefs or non beliefs. Right now, perfectly committed non-anythings are slipping out to buy Christmas trees, decorate their homes, bake cookies, wrap and give gifts. Is it a human glitch? Or is it a hidden God-particle?

The mystical "je ne sais quoi" of Christmas that transcends and raptures us all - Jews, atheists, gentiles, Christians, rich, poor, young and old is the subtle reality of December bursting alive in spiritual realms with angels, light, Jesus, Mary, Joseph and God the Father set ablaze each year by the Holy Spirit. Without the mystical God-particle, Christmas each year would become just another boring trip to Disneyland. Christmastime withstands time and inspires emotion not because of human greed and unbridled materialism, but because God is in it, driving it, through it, beyond it, above it, saturating it and loves when we participate in it, no matter who we are. Christmas is alive in everyone's hearts, if we let it, because God is alive. Because he lives, we live!   By br. gary joseph, author of NDE testimony book, "Proof of the Afterlife."  www.ProofoftheAfterlife.com

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Marry Christmas!

The children at St. Luke's, grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (about 100 all-in-all) donated today 90 handmade Christmas cards that will be delivered by the Servants of the Father of Mercy to area homeless men, women and children on Christmas Day along with a warm blanket and $10 Subway Sandwich gift card in the Ventura and Orange county areas.  The children at St. Lawrence Martyr grade school also made just about as many. Here are a few notable quotes of poetry from the children . . . Kids say the darndst' things!

"Feeling sad today?  If "yes" then here is a joke to help you feel better.  "Why did the chicken cross the road?"  (flip card over)  "To get away from McDonald's!"

"Marry Christmas!"

"Have a Merry Christmas and do let the Lord keep you warm.  May God bless you, from your friend, Dylan"

"Congratulations!  By receiving my card you have officially become my friend . . . With lots of love, Vanessa"

"Hello and Merry Christmas!  I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Your buddy and friend, Alyssa"

"This is your Christmas card activity:  Unscramble the following words . . .
1. crhismtsas
2. ejsus
3. agmi
4. ngmare"

"I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas holidays with peace and the happiness you deserve.  Your friend, Steven"

"Have a great Christmas!  I will pray for you.  May God help you with all your needs."

"Christmas is my favorite holiday.  It makes me happy.  I hope it makes you happy too! Love, Ted

Okay, hopefully the children made you smile a little.  That's what Christmas is all about, little kids, babies and the BIG kid in all of us.  The children are counting on you and everyone who reads their story here to purchase at least one $10 gift card and help fill up their 200 greeting cards with Subway Sandwich gift cards.  Put a smile on a kid's face and donate today at  http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Great Day in the Neighborhood

It's a great day for the homeless . . .  "Pope Francis invited four homeless people to celebrate his 77th birthday today at the Vatican.  Each of them joined the Holy Father for his morning Mass in the Casa Santa Martha. One of the men held his dog as he was presented to Francis after Mass . . . ", AP reported.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fine Wines and Food Delicacies

We remember today, St. John of the Cross, considered to be THE poet of Spain.  He was born in poverty and lived a life for the poor.  He was despised by the superior general of the monastery for his simplicity, was hated by the brother priests, kidnapped by the powerful clergy of the day, jailed in a 2nd floor broom closet for 9 months, beaten thrice weekly in hopes he would recant poverty and convert to the customary wealthy life of fine wines and food delicacies of the monks.  However, John, weakened by starvation and beatings, escaped one night by the grace of God to the convent of Saint Theresa of Avila. He is well known for his literary work, "Dark Night of the Soul."


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Giving the Gift of a Christmas Sandwich


Christmas Caroling day has arrived!  All the carolers that plan to go, it's tomorrow, Saturday, December 14th at 6pm.  It's a fundraiser for local homeless who receive from the Servants of the Father of Mercy Subway Sandwich gift cards on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.  Meet in front of the Century Theater on Main Street in Ventura.  Bring the children, friends, family and guests too!  Wear something red or green.  There will be words and music for everyone.  Mai Pham and Tu from Mai's Cafe at 1967 Main Street is serving up cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows after caroling for everyone.  They also have the best menu of hot soup Pho in Ventura!  See you soon.  Merry Christmas!  Donate online at . . . http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless
 
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rainy Day




On Saturday, Mai's Café on Main Street in Ventura, CA hosted our second Christmas fundraiser (enjoy the pics) for the homeless, helping us to deliver food, water, clothing, blankets, jackets, hygiene kits, rosaries and prayer cards to these poor souls.  Okay, at 8am it rained all during set up, but it's never supposed to rain on a golf course or when you are trying to help the poor!  So by 10am the sun came out and it was a beautiful chilly Christmastime day.  Many thanks to Angelique Gabrielle Perez, Catherine Delgado and Melinda for the beautiful bake sale (snowball cookies and Christmas cupcakes), poinsettia sale, honey angels from Bennett's Honey Farm in Piru, kids Christmas crafts and more.  The homeless in So Cal have been receiving $10 Subway sandwich gifts cards on Thanksgiving and Christmas - so it's never to late to make a donation today to bring joy, peace and happiness to these poor hungry, cold and wet souls.  Here is the online link to help the Servants of the Father of Mercy to deliver your love, hugs, prayers and comfort food over the holidays.  Please make the effort to follow this link and share the love, God will bless you! http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Living on the Same Curb since 2001


 
His name is Greg. Living on the same curb since 2001. For some have entertained angels without knowing so. www.homelessinamerica.blogspot.com  
 
Please, we're begging for your gift of Christmastime alms of mercy and compassion for our homeless family in America:
 
Servants of the Father of Mercy
PO Box 42001
Los Angeles, CA 90042
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Our Homeless Family

Our homeless family in downtown Los Angeles, a pic made Saturday by Miguel Dorado, one of our lay brothers - visit us at  www.servantsofthefather.org


Monday, December 2, 2013

Don't Drink or Chew

In Bible colleges there is a popular and somewhat comical saying circulating among the students, "Don't drink or chew or go with girls that do!"  It’s a reflection of the pressure Christians feel from self and others to obey the letter of the Church law - to be perfect.  But Paul tells us in Romans that the law is for only one purpose, one purpose only - it is given so that God may consign everyone to sin (all are sinners - does not matter which sin you choose - everyone's a sinner).  However, Paul tells us that according to the law we are all locked in as sinners so that God can then turn around and show mercy on us all.  If you try to follow the law, it will never save - if failing in one letter of the law you fail the whole law.  However, if you humble yourself before the mercy of God, salvation is for you - available to all sinners.  Humble yourself and accept the mercy of God and he will exalt you.  Don't try to follow the law - according to Paul, it is impossible to do.  Peter backs this up in 1st/2nd Peter - "Love covers a multitude of sin."  It is also called the "law of mercy" and "the law of freedom" in James chapter two. The more mercy and love you show to others, through God's mercy, those loving works cover a multitude of sins that one can never completely eliminate in this lifetime.  The message?  Worry about sin less, don't try to be perfect, it's impossible - love, be merciful, and forgive more!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The First Week of Advent

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary; you have no need to be afraid.  You will carry in your womb the Son of God, alleluia."

The first Christmas was all about homelessness, wasn’t it?  Jesus left his home in heaven, became a pilgrim on earth and he was born homeless in a manger to a mother and father that had no place to stay.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pope Francis, "Sit and eat with them on the street."

The Associated Press, Vatican bureau reported yesterday that when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them literally on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them know someone cared.

"The Holy Father told me at the beginning: `You can sell your desk. You don't need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don't wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor,'" Krajewski said. And so Don Corrado, as he likes to be called, hits the streets of Rome and beyond.

"This is the concept: Be with people and share their lives, even for 15, 30 minutes, an hour," Krajewski said.  Pope Francis, (the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) "would go out at night in Buenos Aires, not just to find people, talk with them, or buy them something to eat ... He would eat with them. He would sit with them and eat with them on the street. This is what he wants from me."

The existence of the Vatican Almoner dates back centuries: It is mentioned in a papal bull from the 13th-century Pope Innocent III, and Pope Gregory X, who ruled from 1271-1276, organized it into an official Holy See office for papal charity.

Krajewski demurred when asked if Francis himself had slipped out of the Vatican on his own - "Next question!" he said. But there was a clear suggestion that the pope may very well have snuck out before Vatican security got wind of it.

According to Krajewski, "Being an almoner, it has to cost me something so that it can change me," he said. He contrasted such alms-giving with, say, the unnamed cardinal who once boasted about always giving two euros to a beggar on the street near the Vatican.

"I told him, `Eminence, this isn't being an almoner. You might be able to sleep at night, but being an almoner has to cost you. Two euros is nothing for you. Take this poor person, bring him to your big apartment that has three bathrooms, let him take a shower - and your bathroom will stink for three days - and while he's showering make him a coffee and serve it to him, and maybe give him your sweater. This is being an almoner."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

May the Lord bless each of you; the readers, followers and subscribers of Homeless In America this Thanksgiving - your family and friends as you gather together soon!

This holiday season has already begun for the "Servants"; performing concerts for the homeless elderly in nursing facilities, helping our at-risk-youth, (plagued by gangs, violence, drugs and alcohol) in the region with craft making, youth nights and expanding our pickups and deliveries to the homeless on the streets. Everyone's help is needed today, something - a little bit! Please, each person that reads this, please help with a homeless donation of alms of mercy in some way today, or tomorrow? Here are a few easy ways to send aid - if everyone responds in some way, all will be good so the homeless, youth and elderly can continue to receive delivery services this coming Thanksgiving, Christmas and through the New Year:

1. Donate online in increments of $10 at http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless

2. Go to any Chase Bank and deposit into Servants of the Father of Mercy.

3. If you bank at Chase, log into your account and use "Chase Quick Pay", follow instructions. Email notice of "Quick Pay" to Contact@ServantsoftheFather.org

4. Mail direct to the Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc., P. O. Box 42001, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Please ask your family and friends to take up a collection for the "Servants" on Thanksgiving Day for the poor homeless in the name of Pope Francis and his prayer intentions for the Church to grasp on to the message of mercy, not theology and judgment. This is something the children can participate in too!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pope Francis: Defeatist "Sourpusses", Muddy Shoes and the Challenge of Mercy

Today, according to Associated Press Vatican reporter, Nicole Winfield, Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy Tuesday, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed.

He explained his most controversial remarks criticizing the church's "obsession" with transmitting a disjointed set of moral doctrines, saying that in the church's "hierarchy of truths," mercy is paramount, proportion is necessary, and that what counts is inviting the faithful in.

I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," he wrote. "I do not want a church concerned with being at the center and then ends up by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures."

He added: "More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, 'Give them something to eat.'"

In the frank and often funny style that has come to define Francis' preaching, the Argentine Jesuit chastised priests for their complacency, giving them a lesson on preparing homilies that don't put the faithful to sleep. He reminded them that confession shouldn't be "torture," and told them to get out of their sacristies, get their shoes muddy, get involved in the lives of their faithful and not be defeatist "sourpusses."

He said their greatest concern must be the poor and marginalized, since they are victims of an unjust, global economic system that prizes profit over people. He said the poor need the tender, merciful love that the church can provide.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Giving Love and Hugs






Between yesterday and today, we received about 100 likes!  That is, the elderly who sat through both Saturday and Sunday Christmas concerts at area nursing homes unanimously had a great time, and so did the nursing staff.  Last night you saw some pics from St. Joseph's in Ojai on Saturday.  Today, after performing in the main lobby to a full house at Vista Cove, here are a few photos from our time in Santa Paula.  Miguel, after the concert is giving love and hugs to the old folks, as well as Lupe, his mother-in-law, Nancy Pena, his wife, their daughter Julissa, Lourdes and her children Lea and Nathan as well as her mother Felipe and DiaClau Montevene and her daughter Valerie are out there too.

The next Christmas concert is a street performance at 6pm, Saturday, December 14th, Ventura, CA, Main Street.  The choir will also perform at Treacy Villa nursing home, Ventura, CA in December.  At each concert the elderly receive hand decorated pine cones to spice up their night stands for the holidays as well as handmade rosaries by "Our Lady of the Rosary Makers" in San Leandro, CA, Alberta, Canada, Seattle, WA and by Claire in San Luis Obispo, CA.  May God bless everyone that makes this all happen!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Homecoming


Okay, here are a few pictures from today's Christmas concert, "The Homecoming" performed by the Servants of the Father of Mercy for our "homeless" elderly family and staff at St. Joseph's nursing facility in Ojai.  May God bless all the seniors that attended and all the choir members that sang - Miguel Dorado Rubio, Nancy Pena, DiaClau Montevene, Catherine Delgado, Angelique Gabrielle Perez, Lourdes and all the youth and children - Jose, Martin, Daniel, Nathan, Valerie, and Julissa.  Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24th, the concert will be presented again at 1pm at Vista Cove in Santa Paula.  Here is the list of songs in the program schedule:

Servants of the Father of Mercy Christmas Concert Tour, “The Homecoming”
November - December 2013

“It was thus that Jesus humbled himself, [leaving his home in heaven] and being found in lowly estate . . . Therefore God has highly exalted him bestowing upon him the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2: 1-10

1.         Lift Up Your Hearts, Tenor, Miguel Dorado
2.         Let Us Go Rejoicing, Solo, Br. Joseph
3.         Your Light Will Come Jerusalem, Tenor, Miguel Dorado
4.         I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Solo, Miguel Dorado
5.         Seek Ye First – Choir
6.         Love Has Come – Choir
7.         Home For The Holidays, Choir
8.         Do You Hear What I Hear, Choir
9.         Mary’s Boy Child, Solo, Br. Joseph
10        A Miracle, Solo, Br. Joseph
11.       Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Solo, Miguel Dorado
12.       Angels We Have Heard On High, Choir
13.       Feliz Navidad, Choir
14.        Lead Me Home, Choir





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Friday, November 22, 2013

In The Name of the Father of Mercy

Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc.
The New American Missionaries Bringing Our 3.5 Million Homeless Home

The first Christmas was all about homelessness, wasn’t it?  Jesus left his home in heaven, became a pilgrim on earth and he was born homeless in a manger to a mother and father that had no place to stay.

The Servants of the Father of Mercy roots go back to 2001 and now to this very day, we continue to deliver food, water, clothing, blankets, jackets, socks, shoes, hygiene kits, rosaries, prayer cards and hugs to the poorest of the poor; homeless men, women, children and teens living remotely under bridges and in alleyways.  We’re like Dominoes, “We Deliver!”

However, the homeless can’t be served without everyone’s help. Our pickup and delivery van continues to need your help.  It has been overworked and overused.  In just 5 years the Kia Rondo accrued 200,000 miles, constantly needing expensive major system repairs, gas, oil changes, car washes and more.  This holiday season many homeless, along with the elderly we serve in nursing homes, will also receive thousands of dollars in extras such as Subway sandwich dining gift cards, greeting cards, blankets, jackets, live holiday concerts, Christmas gifts and other special deliveries.
In the name of the Father of Mercy, our Patron (picture), we pray that you will bring mercy and compassion alive with a strong financial contribution today!  Please make the homeless Jesus a priority in the celebration of your Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."  Luke 25:36-35

You can easily donate online at http://servantsofthefather.org/donate_2_homeless

Post checks to:
Servants of the Father of Mercy
P. O. Box 42001
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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May God bless you for your kindness and generosity,
Br. Joseph, s.F.m.

P.S. Please pass along and share this appeal for the homeless with family, friends, email and Facebook.

Servants of the Father of Mercy is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit tax-exempt California corporation and listed in the Official Catholic Directory, (OCD).  All donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lady Gaga

 
Recently, Lady Gaga took a photo with and gave money to a homeless man. He said "But I smell." and she replied, "Don't worry, I smell too!"

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Suffering Part II - Comfort for Gracious Victims


By St. Paul the Apostle
 
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7


Suffering Part III – Boast, do not Curse Weaknesses

Yesterday in part I on suffering, St. John of the Cross and today in part II, the Apostle Paul have given us a snapshot of the purpose of it all.  But were these guys armchair quarterbacks?  Did they pastor from the comfort of a church rectory like many do today?  Did they have a nice horse, chariot, housekeeper and three meals a day while the rest of the Christians suffered throughout Israel, Greece, Spain and Italy? No!  In reality, St. John of the Cross had been captured by his fellow priests, thrown into a third floor broom closet for nine months, tortured and whipped thrice weekly in an effort for him to give up his “unusually” humble Christ-like poverty-driven spirituality.  Uniquely, both men suffered more than most Christians of their day.  They were experts on the subject.  Paul writes about his own extreme problems in the same chapter as above, also making his life coaching on suffering more meaningful to us all.

“I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.  Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?  If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”  2 Corinthians 2: 23-30.
 
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Suffering

By St. John of the Cross

 
“Our Lord has many ready to share His Table, but few to partake of His sorrows, and it is for us to be among those few, if we would be in the number of His friends. Let us help Him to drink His chalice, for that will show that we love Him sincerely. It is no easy matter to be the friend of Jesus Christ. Suffering borne for him is the only sure way to test which is the true and which is the false friend. Although the draught may be bitter, you drink it – think of Whom you take it; how soon its taste will pass away; what a reward it will bring you, and it will taste so sweet that you will complain that there is so little given you. . .  None of those who are already there have passed through the world without greater afflictions than you have; if some of them had less to bear, their tortures were incomparably more severe in Purgatory, for Our Lord has ordained that none shall take part in His joys but they who have shared His pains.”   St. John of the Cross, Audi Fili.

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