Monday, August 13, 2018
Saint Caesarius of Arles for the past 1,500 years has pointed us to one of the beatitudes found in the Gospel of Matthew, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." In this sermon (see below) from around the year 500, he exhorts us to become "mercy's slaves" extolling the beauty of both human and divine mercy. He writes . . .
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. ‘Mercy’ is a beautiful word: more beautiful still is the thing itself. All men wish to receive it, but the worst thing is that not all of them behave in a way that deserves it. Although everyone wishes to be shown mercy only a few wish to show it.
“O man, how can you have the arrogance to ask for what you refuse to give to others? You must show mercy in this world if you want to receive mercy in heaven. So, my dearest brethren, since we all desire mercy, let us make ourselves mercy’s slaves in this world so that she can give us our freedom in the world to come. For there is mercy in heaven and we come to it through earthly mercies. As Scripture says: Lord, your mercy is in heaven.
“So there is earthly and heavenly mercy: that is, human and divine. What is human mercy? Exactly this: to have care for the sufferings of the poor. What is divine mercy? Without doubt, to grant forgiveness of sins. Whatever human mercy gives away on the journey, divine mercy pays back when we arrive at last in our native land. For it is God who feels cold and hunger, in the person of the poor. As he himself has said: As much as you have done for the least of these, you have done it for me. What God deigns to give on heaven, he yearns to receive on earth.
“What sort of people are we if we want to receive, when God offers, but when God asks, we refuse to give? For when a poor man hungers, it is Christ who suffers want, as he himself has said: I was hungry and you gave me no food. Do not despise the misery of the poor if you want a sure hope of forgiveness for your sins. Christ is hungry now, brethren, in all the poor. He consents to suffer hunger and thirst – and whatever he receives on earth he will give back in heaven.
“I ask you, brethren: when you come to church, what do you want? what are you looking for? Is it anything other than mercy? Then give earthly mercy and you will receive the heavenly kind. The poor man asks of you, and you ask of God: the poor man for food, you for eternal life. Give to the beggar what you want to deserve from Christ. Hear Christ saying “Give and it will be given to you.” I do not know how you can have the nerve to want to receive what you do not want to give. And so, when you come to church, give, whatever you can afford as alms for the poor.”
The Servants of the Father of Mercy is a private association of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a California corporation, IRS 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit, EIN 26 - 3855133 and listed in the Official Catholic Directory. For more information about joining the volunteer team, they may be reached by calling (310) 595-4175 or by mail at 4744 Telephone Road, Suite 3, Box 257, Ventura, CA 93003 or by email at info@ServantsoftheFather.org. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." Mark 9:41
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Amazon may well be the most evil company in America today contributing to and not detracting from our homeless issues and deranged customer ethics.
You are dying of cancer. You have just lost your unborn child. You have to care for your dying father. You are "suspect" of being unproductive according to your colleagues. They have reported you. You are fired! (Source: TheNextWeb)
You're a ten-year Amazon customer. You're an Amazon Seller. You spend $1,000s a year. You have written 100s of reviews. Amazon sends an email saying you're "suspect." Your account is shut down! (Source: Gary Joseph)
Amazon - no evidence, no trial, just the luxury of being "fat, dumb and happy!"
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Happy 10th Anniversary Servants of the Father of Mercy!
Serving 80,000 + homeless since 2001 with urgent deliveries of supplies to their "doorstep" - blankets, jackets, clothing, shoes, socks, food, water, spiritual gifts, rosaries and more. Now celebrating 10 years IRS 501 (3) (c) California, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and Association of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Subscribe! YouTube Channel: Mercy Homeless Productions
Monday, July 30, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Modern Warlords . . .
Recently, Rouhani, President of Iran addressed Trump in a speech, saying that hostile U.S. policies could lead to "the mother of all wars".
"But then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord God Almighty!'" Zechariah 4:6
Monday, July 16, 2018
"Fire in the Desert 2018" - Presented by "Mercy Homeless Productions" of the Servants of the Father of Mercy. Starring courageous homeless saints living in 120-degree heat in Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, Cathedral City and Palm Springs, CA. They are tired, hot, dehydrated and thirsty. Have a heart! Donate and/or join our team! Go to www.ServantsoftheFather.org
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
JULY CELEBRATE THE AMERICAN MELTINGPOT
Share “Alfie” . . . our summer movie-short!
CELEBRATING ALL THE RACES – ALL GOD’S CHILDREN WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE
Ø Performed by Dionne Warwick, African American
Ø Starring Greater Los Angeles Homeless Family
· Asian, Caucasian, African American, Hispanics
Ø Servants of the Father of Mercy
· Catholics, Christians, Hindus, Protestants
IT’S FUN TO BE ONE!
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Servants of the Father of Mercy
JULY & AUGUST SCHEDULE
HOMELESS HELPERS . . .
Look forward to seeing you soon!
Servants of the Father of Mercy, "Mercy Homeless Productions" Present Dionne Warwick, Alfie! Starring Greater Los Angeles 80,000 + Homeless. Subscribe! YouTube "Mercy Homeless Productions." IRS 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Tax-exempt California Organization. Become a homeless volunteer at the end of the video! https://youtu.be/1fuHUjodGeo
Thursday, June 28, 2018
IMAGINE HOMELESS FOR 2,000 YEARS!
The Jewish Nation Destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD and the People Remained Global Nomads Until 1948 AD
ISAIAHIsaiah prophesied. . . "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?" That is exactly what happened after WW2 on May 14, 1948.
AMOSAmos prophesied . . . "I will bring back my exiled people Israel to their homeland; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their homeland, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. " Amos 9:14-15
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A NEW Movie-short for the Family of God!
Servants of the Father of Mercy USA Homeless Missionaries and "Mercy Homeless Productions" Present . . .
2018 Los Angeles Mission Office, "Baptized for the World!"
Like what you see? Subscribe! YouTube Channel - "Mercy Homeless Productions" https://youtu.be/cnt1I81UBD8
Bro. Joseph +
Servants of the Father of Mercy
"Bringing Our Homeless Home"
Monday, June 18, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
"From settlers to sheriffs and from cooks to cowboys the American west was carved out by homeless people! From Abraham to Joseph and from David the shepherd boy to Jesus our faith was established by homeless people! The homeless are a sign, image and symbol of each person’s pilgrim journey to our eternal home."
bro. joseph + Servants of the Father of Mercy - www.servantsoftheFather.org
By Elise Harris
Vatican City, Jun 14, 2018 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for this year's World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis challenged Catholics on their attitude toward the impoverished, asking whether they really listen to and love the needy, or engage in charity only to please themselves.
“The condition of poverty cannot be expressed in a word, but becomes a cry which crosses the heavens and reaches God. What does the cry of the poor express if not their suffering and solitude, their delusion and hope?” the pope said in his message.
“How it is that this cry, which rises to the presence of God, is unable to penetrate our ears and leaves us indifferent and impassive?” he asked, saying the World Day of the Poor is a call “to make a serious examination of conscience in order to understand if we are really capable of hearing them.”
Francis stressed the importance of being silent in order to really listen to those in need, saying that speaking too much of oneself will make a person deaf to the voice and the cry of the poor.
The pope expressed concern that at times initiatives aimed at helping the poor, which in themselves are “meritorious and necessary,” are carried out with an intention “more to please those who undertake them than to really acknowledge the cry of the poor.”
“If this is the case, when the cry of the poor rings out our reaction is incoherent and we are unable to empathize with their condition. We are so entrapped in a culture which obliges us to look in the mirror and to pamper ourselves that we believe that a gesture of altruism is sufficient without compromising ourselves directly.”
Pope Francis' message, titled “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him,” is based on Psalm 34 and was published June 14 in anticipation of the second World Day of the Poor, which he instituted at the close of the Jubilee of Mercy. The event now takes place throughout the world on the 34th Sunday of ordinary time, which this year falls on Nov. 18.
In his message, Pope Francis said that when it comes to serving the poor, “the last thing we need is a battle for first place.”
Rather, one must humbly recognize that it is the Holy Spirit who inspires people to be a concrete sign of God's closeness, since he is the one who opens eyes and hearts to conversion.
The poor, he said, “have no need of protagonists, but of a love which knows how to hide and forget the good which it has done.” The true protagonists, he said, “are the Lord and the poor. He who desires to serve is an instrument in God’s hands in order to make manifest His presence and salvation.”
Pointing to St. Paul's affirmation in the First Letter to the Corinthians that “the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you,'” Francis said this phrase goes not only for the different charisms of the Church, but it also goes for the poor and vulnerable in society.
True disciples of Christ, then, must not harbor “sentiments of contempt or pietism towards the poor,” but instead are called “to honor them, giving them precedence, out of the conviction that they are a real presence of Jesus in our midst.”
Francis also highlighted three verbs used by King David, the author of psalm 34, which are “to cry,” “to answer” and “to free.”
Not only are Christians called to hear the cry of the poor, but they must also answer, he said, noting that God's answer to the poor is highlighted throughout salvation history.
“God’s answer to the poor is always an intervention of salvation in order to heal the wounds of body and soul, restore justice and assist in beginning anew to live life with dignity,” he said, adding that this response is also an appeal for believers to do the same.
The World Day of the Poor is “a small answer” which the entire Church gives to poor people throughout the world as a sign of solidarity and shared concern, he said, and stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with those in need.
“It is not delegated power of which the poor have need, but the personal involvement of as many hear their cry,” he said, adding that “the concern of believers in their regards cannot be limited to a kind of assistance – as useful and as providential as this may be in the beginning – but requires a loving attentiveness which honors the person as such and seeks out his best interests.”
Pope Francis also spoke of the need to free the poor from the causes of poverty, which are frequently rooted in “selfishness, pride, greed and injustice.”
“These are evils as old as man himself, but also sins in which the innocents are caught up, leading to consequences on the social level which are dramatic,” he said.
To help migrants escape pride and injustice, then, means to free them from “the snare of the fowler” and to “subtract them from the trap hidden on their path, in order that they might proceed expeditiously and look serenely upon life.”
Like the poor blind man Bartimaeus from Mark's Gospel who was sitting on the side of the road begging when Jesus passed by, many poor people today are also sitting by the road waiting for someone to come and listen to their needs, Francis said.
“Unfortunately, often the opposite happens and the poor are reached by voices rebuking them and telling them to shut up and to put up.”
These voices, the pope said, are “out of tune” and are guided by “a phobia of the poor, considered not only as destitute, but also as bearers of insecurity and instability, detached from the habits of daily life and, consequently, to be rejected and kept afar.”
By distancing oneself from the poor, one also distances oneself from God, he said, and urged greater solidarity on the part of Catholics through initiatives such as sharing a meal with the poor and needy.
Pope Francis closed his message saying it is often the poor who “undermine our indifference, which is the daughter of a vision of life which is too imminent and bound up with the present.”
Only by becoming rich before God, putting material wealth in secondary place, can a person truly grow in humanity and become capable of sharing with others, he said, and urged both consecrated persons and laity to “make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor.”
“The poor evangelize us, helping us to discover every day the beauty of the Gospel,” he said. “Let us not waste this opportunity for grace.”
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Even if a father forsake his child or a mother abandon you, God the Father is forever your daddy, "Abba Father." Happy Father's Day!
(Each year in June, the Servants of the Father of Mercy celebrate our Patron "God the Father of Mercy" as inspired by Rembrandt in his 1669 painting "Prodigal Son" standing 8 ft. tall at a museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. You can gain personal and family graces by acknowledging God the Father this Father's Day when you pray the Lord's Prayer.)
"Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen
"For Thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen."
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Rosaries first appeared in the ministry to our homeless family in 2008 after a mysterious package of rosaries appeared at our P. O. Box in Los Angeles just 3 days after it was opened. The rosaries had been sent many days earlier by an elderly woman shut-in who said "I found your address in a Catholic newspaper!" (Impossible!)
Since that time, Our Lady of the Rosary Makers (San Leandro, CA - Seattle, WA - Alaska, Myrtle Beach, SC, - Calgary, Canada and Santa Barbara, CA) have delivered more than 20,000 rosaries over the past 10 years to our Servants of the Father of Mercy 80,000 + homeless family in Southern California and beyond . . .
Saturday, June 2, 2018
"Observing Pollyanna's childish wonder at a glass prism converting light into a rainbow, Mr. Pendleton sobbed at the child’s beautiful outlook." (From the book "Pollyanna" that was made into a movie with Hayley Mills, 1960)
Matthew 18:3 "Jesus said to them, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'"The photo is a prism hanging from the skylight and shining hear the front door at 4:30pm today.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The new Servants of the Father of Mercy "Mobile Rescue Mission" compliments our StreetReaches that since 2001 serve 80,000 + homeless in Southern California and beyond . . . Currently, the mobile unit outreaches to 25,000 "Wheel Estate" homeless in the region living off-grid in camp grounds, RV parks, parking lots and on our city streets. From the basics like camping supplies, food and water to counseling and pastoral care they receive deliveries of varied and unique attention.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Dear Team, Family, Friends, Supporters and Donors,
The long-awaited summer schedule is being distributed this Memorial Day Weekend at our 12th annual weekend retreat.
From serving 1000s of Downtown Los Angeles homeless to a Red Brick Pizza Anniversary Celebration in Ventura to the parched homeless living in 120-degree summer heat in Palm Desert - this newsletter has it all . . . Good news, however!
You are receiving a copy as well in a JPEG photo file format below so you can save and print copies for your home or office.
At the end of August there will be a new publication with the schedule for Fall and the December Holidays.
God bless you for caring and sharing the homeless missionary events and StreatReaches of the Servants of the Father of Mercy. Bro. Gary +
P.S. Got questions? Feel free to leave a comment below!
At our annual team retreat this past weekend, the insight unanimously came up that the weekly killing of school students in the US is the culmination of a very slow process of killing off God in the classroom since the 1960s. Since that time, many fought to remove prayer from school and later removed any mention of God in the classroom.Like abortion, the more that an entire country conspires to kill God off in various ways, they can also expect anarchy to consume the people. Of course Paul predicted this when he said . . . "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, relentless in evil, slanderers, extravagant, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it." 2 Timothy 3
So believe it or not, the return of the Lord is very soon, we just don't know the day or the hour. However, we do know the season as Jesus defined it and he said that the generation living in that season, they will witness his return. That's us! Moral of the story, everyone should be getting ready as if His coming is tomorrow. How? By being clothed in garments of charity, mercy, love and compassion and thereby confirming their dinner reservation in heaven!A public service announcement of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc. "Bringing our Homeless Home." Donate at www.ServantsoftheFather.org