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Corpus Christi

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
 
“The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” (Pope Francis)
 
“The Eucharist is our living Memorial. In the Eucharist, as the Council recalls, ‘is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself our Pasch and the living bread which gives life to men through his flesh – that flesh which is given life and gives life through the Holy Spirit. Thus, men are invited and led to offer themselves, their works and all creation with Christ…’ (Presbyterorum ordinis, n. 5).” (Pope Benedict XVI)
 
“Without prolonged moments of adoration, of prayerful encounter with the word, of sincere conversation with the Lord, our work easily becomes meaningless; we lose energy as a result of weariness and difficulties, and our fervor dies out. The Church urgently needs the deep breath of prayer, and to my great joy groups devoted to prayer and intercession, the prayerful reading of God’s word and the perpetual adoration of the Eucharist are growing at every level of ecclesial life.” (Pope Francis)


Ecumenical Friends

Ecumenical Friends
“That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.” (John 17:21)
An invitation to Religious Orders and Churches to be Ecumenical Friends with the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.
 
What does it mean to be “ecumenical friends?”
 
These are some of the things that reflect what that means: To pray regularly for the unity of the Church; to be rooted in a particular Christian tradition; to take an active part in the careful and honest appraisal of whatever needs to be done for the renewal of one’s own church; to be fascinated and curious about that which is different; to be willing to learn; to cultivate an historical consciousness; to be ready to celebrate vitality in the Body of Christ wherever it is found; to be willing to work together; to feel the scandal of our divisions; to be open to God’s will for the Church; to appreciate the important role of provisional regulations and church structures in our evolution from alienation to reconciliation; to have an appreciation for the hierarchy of truths in Christian doctrine; to try to understand others as they understand themselves; to be alert to the presence of God and the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of other Christians and members of other living faiths; and to have a biblical patience.
 
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Most Holy Trinity

Most Holy Trinity
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
The divine Trinity takes up his abode in us on the day of our Baptism: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. Every time we sign ourselves with the sign of the Cross we remember God’s name in which we were baptized. With regard to the sign of the Cross a theologian, Romano Guardini, remarked: “We do it before praying so that… we may put ourselves spiritually in order; focus thoughts, heart and will on God; after praying, so that what God has given us may remain within us…. It embraces the whole being, body and soul… and everything is consecrated in the name of the Triune God” (Lo spirito della liturgia. I santi segni, Brescia, 2000, pp. 125-126).
 
What is the dogma of the Holy Trinity?
 
The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity”. The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: “The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God.” In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), “Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 253)
 
The divine persons are really distinct from one another. “God is one but not solitary.” “Father”, “Son”, “Holy Spirit” are not simply names designating modalities of the divine being, for they are really distinct from one another: “He is not the Father who is the Son, nor is the Son he who is the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit he who is the Father or the Son.” They are distinct from one another in their relations of origin: “It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds.” The divine Unity is Triune. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 254)
 
The divine persons are relative to one another. Because it does not divide the divine unity, the real distinction of the persons from one another resides solely in the relationships which relate them to one another: “In the relational names of the persons the Father is related to the Son, the Son to the Father, and the Holy Spirit to both. While they are called three persons in view of their relations, we believe in one nature or substance.” Indeed “everything (in them) is one where there is no opposition of relationship.” “Because of that unity the Father is wholly in the Son and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Son is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Son.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 255)

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
 
“The traditional expression “the Lord’s Prayer” – oratio Dominica – means that the prayer to our Father is taught and given to us by the Lord Jesus. The prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” On the one hand, in the words of this prayer the only Son gives us the words the Father gave him:13 he is the master of our prayer. On the other, as Word incarnate, he knows in his human heart the needs of his human brothers and sisters and reveals them to us: he is the model of our prayer.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 2765)
 
“But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically.14 As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us “spirit and life.”15 Even more, the proof and possibility of our filial prayer is that the Father “sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'”16 Since our prayer sets forth our desires before God, it is again the Father, “he who searches the hearts of men,” who “knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”17 The prayer to Our Father is inserted into the mysterious mission of the Son and of the Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 2766)


Pentecost

Pentecost
 
“The Church of Christ is always, so to speak, in a situation of Pentecost: she is always gathered in the Upper Room in prayer, and at the same time, driven by the powerful wind of the Spirit, she is always on the streets preaching.” (Pope John Paul II)
 
“If the Lord has left us ignorant of the ordering of many things in this world, then it means it is not necessary for us to know: we cannot compass all creation with our minds. But the Creator Himself of heaven and earth and every created thing gives us to know Him in the Holy Spirit.” (St. Silouan the Athonite, “Wisdom from Mount Athos”)
 
“Pentecost is the moment when a heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place.” (Fr Raneiro Cantalamessa)
 
“Without Pentecost the Christ-event – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.” (Henri Nouwen)
 
“The Pentecost of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the beginning a beginning which endures.” (Pope Francis)
 
“Jesus tells us that His holy Disciples will be more courageous and more understanding when they would be, as the Scripture says, Endowed with power from on high (Luke 24:49), and that when their minds would be illuminated by the torch of the Spirit they would be able to see into all things, even though no longer able to question Him bodily present among them. The Saviour does not say that they would no longer as before need the light of His guidance, but that when they received His Spirit, when He was dwelling in their hearts, they would not be wanting in any good thing, and their minds would be filled with most perfect knowledge.” (St. Cyril of Alexandria)


Crisis and Scandal

Crisis and Scandal
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
This Pentecost, still as the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy continues to fan the flames – not of the Holy Spirit – but crisis and scandal, silence and injustice, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical remains committed to “repair my Church” we love.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical will continue to voice our story; seek out laborers and advisors for our mission; await a college of bishops to rise to oversee our mission; and seek to openly serve the Roman Catholic Church and minister within Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
 


Inspirational

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)
“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Psalm 119:105)

“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Matthew 7:7)
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
“O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)
“So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
“For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)


Compassion

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” (Dalai Lama)
“Compassion is so often the solution.” (Anonymous)
“Compassion is passion with a heart.” (Anonymous)
“If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” (Dalai Lama)
“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.” (Anonymous)
“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” (Thomas Merton)
“One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.”  (Dalai Lama)
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” (Anonymous)
“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” (Dalai Lama)
“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” (Yasmin Mogahed)
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” (Dalai Lama)


Give With Joy

“For it is in giving that we receive.” (Francis of Assisi)
“Give, but give until it hurts.” (Mother Teresa)
“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” (Lao Tzu)
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” (Winston S. Churchill)
“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” (Mother Teresa)
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” (Maya Angelou)
“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.” (Buddha)
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  (Mother Theresa)

“Life is a boomerang. What you give, you get.” (Anonymous) 



Hands To Serve

“Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to love.” (Mother Teresa)
“When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are in the service of God.” (Anonymous)
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” (Desmond Tutu)
“Use your God-given gifts to serve others.” (Anonymous)
“Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to love.” (Mother Teresa)
“Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.” (Anonymous)
 “There’s real freedom that comes through service.” (Anonymous)
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”  (Rabindranath Tagore)
“Use your God-given gifts to serve others.” (Anonymous)
“Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to love.” (Mother Teresa)


Helping

 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” (Buddha)
”Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” (Buddha)
“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” (Chinese Proverb)
“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” (Buddha)
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” (Albert Einstein)
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” (Buddha)


Help Others

The strongest people
make time to help others, even
if they are struggling with
their own problems.
 
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Blessings and thank you, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Divine Mercy Children Orphanage, Board of Directors of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., and Board of Directors of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. 



Eucharist

Little Li
By Father James Wallace
 
Little Li grew up in communist China in the 1950s. Taught by nuns in her local parochial school, the ten-year-old once asked the nuns why Jesus didn’t instead say, “Give us this day our daily rice?” One day communist soldiers came into the village and, after ransacking the school, ordered everyone into the church.  The commandant blasphemed Christ and had his soldiers fire at the tabernacle.  He then proceeded to take the ciborium out of the broken door and fling all the consecrated hosts over the church.  After locking Father Luke, the pastor, inside a coal bin in the church, he threatened that anyone who went into the church would be shot.
 
The next day Li returned to the church, much to Father Luke’s horror.  As he sat there imprisoned, he wanted to yell at her to leave for her safety, but he was afraid of summoning any attention.  After Li’s hour of prayer, the little girl picked up one of the consecrated hosts with her tongue and departed.  The next day the same thing happened.  Li prayed for an hour, while Father Luke watched, and then consumed a host off the floor.  There were thirty-two hosts in the ciborium, and so Li did this for a month.  On the last day, with only one host on the floor, a soldier walked into the church.  Finding the little girl praying, he aimed his gun and shot.  Father Luke screamed in agony as he watched Li crawl to the last host, eat it off the floor, and die.  The soldier, seeing the holiness of the action, released the priest, who proclaimed the story to the world.  When Archbishop Fulton Sheen was asked before his death who his greatest influence was, he responded, “a little Chinese girl.”


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Awarded 2019 Top-Rated Non-Profit

We are one of the first winners of a 2019 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. ​On May 21, 2019, the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. has earned a spot on the 2019 Top-Rated List.  GreatNonprofits​ is a registered non-profit organization based in the United States that describes itself as “the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great non-profits.”​​​
 
The mission statement of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. is of funding the Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign and to meet the needs of orphan children that we serve so that they may grow, learn, and have the opportunities of life that they deserve.​​
 
Blessings and thank you, Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE, Divine Mercy Children Orphanage, Board of Directors of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc., and Board of Directors of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. 



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