Saturday, September 20, 2014

A few profession pictures (Dick and Ann Marie Kunz)

Dick and Ann Marie Kunz were professed September 19, 2014, at the St. Padre Pio Chapel, the newest members of the Franciscan family. (Though they have been active in the fraternity for several years.)

And, of course, being a Franciscan celebration it had to include food! 


Pax et bonum

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I Thirst - For You (St. Theresa of Calcutta)

     Jesus wants me to tell you…how much love He has for each of you – beyond all you can imagine.  I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus – one to one – you and Jesus alone.  We may spend time in the chapel – but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how He looks at you with love?  Do you really know the living Jesus – not from books but from being with Him in your heart?  …Ask for the grace, He is longing to give it.  Until you can hear Jesus in the silence of your own heart, you will not be able to hear Him saying “I thirst” in the hearts of the poor.
     Never give up this daily intimate contact with Jesus as the real living person – not just the idea.  How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say “I love you” – impossible?  Our soul needs that as much as the body needs air.  If not, prayer is dead – meditation is only thinking.  Jesus wants each of you to hear Him – speaking in the silence of your heart.

   Be careful of all that can block that personal contact with the living Jesus.  The Devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes – to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is cleaving to you.  This is a danger for all of us.  And so sad, because it is completely the opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you.  Not only that He loves you, but even more – that He longs for you.  He misses you when you don’t come close.  He thirsts for you.  He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.  When not accepted by others, even by yourselves sometimes – He is the one who always accepts you.

     My children, you don’t have to be different for Jesus to love you.  Only believe – you are precious to Him.  Bring all your suffering to His feet – only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are.  He will do the rest. 

     You all know in your mind that Jesus loves you – but in this letter Mother wants to touch your hearts instead…That is why I ask you to read this letter before the Blessed Sacrament, the same place it was written, so Jesus Himself can speak to you each one.
     His words on the wall of every MC chapel [“I Thirst”], they are not from the past only, but alive here and now, spoken to you.  Do you believe it?  If so, you will hear, you will feel His presence.  Let it become as intimate for each of you, just as for Mother. – This is the greatest joy you could give me.  Mother will try to help you understand – but Jesus Himself must be the one to say to you “I thirst.”

Pax et bonum