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Monday, May 13, 2019

"Servants of the Father of Mercy" Missionaries of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: May, June, July & August Team Schedule!

 
Please forward, print, share, email and ask others to participate in helping our 80,000 + homeless family in Southern California!

Blessings!

Bro. Joseph +



Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rejected!

Let us pray . . . “Lord Jesus, you are the stone rejected by the builders which has become the chief cornerstone. Help us to see you in the despised, rejected, weak, prisoner, homeless, forsaken and lowly. Thereby, make us living stones in the temple of your church.” Amen.

Moms that are Angels in Heaven


Paula at her wedding day photo shoot, circa 1930s

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms - angels in heaven . . .  "Your journey is over, you are no longer homeless and you get to hang out with the Blessed Mother!  How blessed is all that!"    Bro. Joseph +

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Happy 2019 Homeless Easter!

A Happy 2019 Homeless Easter!

From the Servants of the Father of Mercy . . .



Friday, April 19, 2019

REMEMBER ME!


REMEMBER ME!

Take and eat, this is my body, broken on crosses too lonely to mention.
Take and drink, this is my blood, spilled on your alleys and lost in your hallways.

REMEMBER ME!

I couldn't be here.

REMEMBER ME!

I live all alone.

REMEMBER ME!

I walk on your streets and sleep homeless by your highways.

REMEMBER ME!

I sit in your jails.

REMEMBER ME!

I live in your sick beds and wait for your footsteps.

REMEMBER ME!

Lyrics by Joseph Wise


Brought to you Easter 2019 by the Servants of the Father of Mercy, "Bringing Our Homeless Home."


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

JESUS, HOMELESS AT THE LAST SUPPER . . .


“So Jesus took two of his disciples and told them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jug of water will meet you. Follow him and say, the Master’s time is near. He will keep the Passover with the disciples at your house.’” Matthew 26:18/Mark 14:13



Easter Blessings from the Servants of the Father of Mercy, "Bringing Our Homeless Home!"

Thursday, March 28, 2019

WHY IS NOT MORE BEING DONE TO HELP THE HOMELESS IN VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA AND OTHER WEALTHY COMMUNITIES IN THE U.S.?


Today, that is what one person writes while sharing Servants of the Father of Mercy Facebook yesterday showing that a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX is providing StreetSide showers for the city's homeless. 

Here in a nutshell is the answer that question . . .

In recent years (since 2010), some Ventura and Santa Barbara religious and civil officials have publicized "that no organizations are to help the homeless on the streets", they say, "because helping homeless increases the local population". 

One church (and possibly more) has given their congregants a business card message to hand out to the homeless from their car.  It says, "Please go to the Rescue Mission" and they list other services to visit, concluding with "but please do not ask on the streets."

The church person is taught by order of local authorities, like top business and tourism leaders to walk away and not to provide immediate assistance. 

Similarly, this was tried in Fort Lauderdale, FL a few years ago. After an elderly man (93) was arrested and put in jail three times for helping the homeless. A high-court judge ruled in his favor that it is unconstitutional to withhold human sustenance from people in need.

Now, after that ruling, cities are trying various types of quiet subversive harassment to stop organizations that help the homeless by making life difficult for their volunteers, just short of jail for fear it will create a judge's just ruling locally in favor of the poor.

Hope this answers everyone's questions as to why is there not more being done for the homeless in Ventura and Santa Barbara areas, and for that matter other wealthy communities throughout the United States.

Lastly, we know that God favors the poor - Jesus was born poor, lived poor, lived homeless and so did his disciples - they begged for their every need.  Serving the poor, you have assurance that God is 100% on your side.

Ps. If someone tries to post anything negative for the homeless, it will be deleted, so no use trying!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

THE LAW OF MERCY . . .


The one who obeys God's law of mercy and teaches others to be merciful will be called "great" in the kingdom of heaven.

A reading from the letter of James . . .

"So speak and so act as one who will be judged by the law of freedom.  Judgment is without mercy to those who have shown no mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment."  James 2:12-13

Springtime Showers!



On Saturday March 16, 2019, a nonprofit with the mission of serving the homeless brought their first shower trailer to Austin, TX, serving dozens of the city's homeless population with fresh showers and eventually laundry services too!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

WHY PAIN & SUFFERING?


"Christ suffered for you, and left for you an example to have you follow in His footsteps."  1 Peter 2:21  Let us pray . . .

"Father, ours were the sufferings your Son bore, ours the torments he endured. Help us to willingly accept our own lot, suffering in this life as Jesus accepted His own passion and death. With your help, may we ever look forward to the resurrection and a new life with Christ in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen."


Friday, March 15, 2019

TRUE HAPPINESS!


"Happy is the man who considers the poor and the weak. The Lord will save him in the day of evil. The Lord will guard him, give him life, make him happy in the land and will not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord will help him on his sickbed and will bring him back from sickness to health."  Psalm 41


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Abba Father!

Let us pray . . . “Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those of us who call upon your name. Then, our lips will praise you, our lives proclaim your goodness, our works give you honor and our voices will celebrate you forever.” Amen.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Repent!


HAPPY FEAST DAY TO ALL THE LADIES BY THE NAME OF FRANCES!

March 9, 1440, Rome, Italy  +  . . .

Frances, a devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor.

Born of wealthy parents (1384), Frances found herself attracted to the religious life during her youth. But her parents objected, and a young nobleman was selected to be her husband.

However, Frances and her sister-in-law, Vannozza, set out together—with their husbands’ blessings—to serve the poor.

The years passed, and Frances gave birth to three sons.  The family flourished under Frances’ care, but within a few years a great plague swept across Italy. It struck Rome with devastating cruelty and left Frances’ second son dead.

Frances used all her money and sold her possessions to buy whatever the sick might possibly need. When all the resources had been exhausted, Frances and Vannozza went door to door begging.

Since 1425, Saint Frances is known as the founder of the Congregation of Oblates following the rule of Saint Benedict - dedicated to the poor, sick and virtues of humility and patience.

Friday, March 1, 2019

The secret of a burning heart. Suddenly, Jesus appears to us! Our hearts are set ablaze and in him we see light itself illuminating our being.


Ventura California Dreamin' on Such a Winter's Day


Sometimes all it takes is some love, hugs and help for someone to have some moments and memories of happiness.  Donate $10 to help increase deliveries of food, water, clothing, shoes, socks, hugs and more to the 80,000 + homeless we serve in Southern California at www.ServantsoftheFather.org  May God bless your heart of compassion and kindness for the poor homeless.  Bro. Joseph +




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Snowplow strikes buried car in Tahoe, police find homeless woman alive and well inside . . .


RENO, Nev. – Police in Nevada found a 48-year-old homeless woman inside a vehicle fully buried in snow this month after it was struck by a snowplow clearing the street. 

The woman was alive and well, according to South Lake Tahoe spokesman Chris Fiore, but her vehicle was completely buried and undetectable to the plow driver.

The plow operator and police who responded to help dig the car out on Feb. 17 had no idea there was a person inside until they saw a hand pressed against the window, Fiore said. 

"With that much snow piled on top of the car ... if the snowplow hadn't hit the back of it we could be having a much different conversation," he said. "She could have suffocated."

Look closely, Jesus can be seen in the faces of the homeless!





That is because the Bible tells us, "Jesus emptied himself and became human." (Philippians 2:7)  At the moment of his birth, Jesus became a poor homeless drifter, begging for his every need. We can see Jesus in two places.  He is present in the crushed and broken grapes and grains of the Eucharist as well as the crushed and broken peoples living on our city streets.



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AMAZING GRACE!

Grace that is so amazing that this week you can receive it and give it all at the same time!

What? Make treat gift bags for our So Cal homeless family.
When? Friday, February 22nd from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Where? Servants of the Father of Mercy.
Location? 1414 Angler Court, Ventura Harbor Storage.

MORE GRACE!
Saturday, February 23rd, 8:30am, Servants of the Father of Mercy StreetReach. Teams deliver HUGS, LOVE, food, water, clothing, shoes, socks and more to homeless Ventura, Oxnard and Los Angeles. Meet at 1414 Angler Court, Ventura Harbor Storage. In Los Angeles meet at St. Peter's Church at 11:00am, 1039 North Broadway in Chinatown.

Who is planning to serve the poor this week of grace?  RSVP below.

May the peace of His poverty be yours, Bro. Joseph +

PS Bring along HUGS, LOVE, water, men's clothing, shoes, socks, fresh apples, oranges, bananas and more!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Island Homeless Life



Santa Catalina Island's, Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, 800 Beacon Street. Just a few minutes’ walk from the island's seaport with ferries arriving almost hourly from San Pedro, CA. Photo was taken when the Servants of the Father of Mercy were guest speakers here for "World Mission Sunday" a couple of years ago.  Many homeless live near the island or in its harbor on boats, dinghy, rafts and the like.