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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.
 
Feeding The Hungry Children Campaign Website Link: 
 

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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Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. | Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign
 
Thanks to our fans, the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. | Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign is one of the first winners of a 2019 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read inspiring stories about us and add your own! https://greatnonprofits.org/org/abbey-of-saint-mary-theotokos-inc


Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc.

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. 


Volunteers Are Needed

Volunteers Are Needed
 
Someone who had 3 hours to volunteer could: pray for our orphan children and mission, help spread the word about the mission of the Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. Feeding the Hungry Children Campaign; invite people to make a tribute gift to honor of someone; to make a bequest gift; to start a personal fundraiser; to sponsor a child or two at our orphanage; to partner with us; to become a benefactor; to make a bequest gift; send out emails; and post social media.
 
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. 


Spiritual Development

Resolution and Perspective In Spiritual Development

By Reverend Friar Anthony A.M. Pearson, OFE

The advice of a Saint is proven wisdom we dare not ignore. Perhaps, another way to say it, we ignore it at great peril to our spiritual health and progress. The Saints have struggled in the front-line experience of life having proven what real spiritual development requires.
 
St. Charles Borromeo said, “If we wish to make any progress in the service of God, we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.” This sage advice speaks to our development of resolution and perspective. Both are necessary paradigms for spiritual growth and development. Proverbs 23: 7 frames the principle, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Attitude, resolution, perspective all are foundational to spiritual success and development. Living for God’s honor alone, choosing His presence over our comfort and security, and living in daily renewal of faith and effort.
 
I am reminded of St. Paul’s example and thought. He says, Finally, brethren,whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8). To this we add Paul’s most noble declaration, Philippians 1: 21, For me to live is Christ….” What strength, focus, and determination!
 
Thus, from Scripture and the exhortation of the Saint we receive solid direction toward achieving our spiritual goals. God grant us the wisdom to address this daily.


Denied Ourselves

Denied Ourselves
 
“We had not realised how much we denied ourselves. Now we have the first Anglican women bishops, we are asking
ourselves why we were so stupid for so long?” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
 
Photograph: Episcopa (Bishop) Theodora, mother of Pope Paschal 1, Bishop of Rome from 817-​824
 


Over Coming Silence

Make Your Voice Heard
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
“The feminine sex is ennobled by virtue of the Savior’s being born of a human mother; a woman was the gateway through which God found entrance to humankind.” (Edith Stein (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) “Vocations of Man and Woman” Essays on Woman (70)
 
The Roman Catholic Church in its struggle to be faithful to its call for reverence and dignity for all persons must respond by providing the possibility of women as persons being included in all ministries of our Church.
 
Sister Theresa Kane remind us: “As women, we have heard the powerful messages of our Church professing dignity and reverence for all persons. As women, we have pondered upon these words. Our contemplation leads us to state that the Church in its struggle to be faithful to its call for reverence and dignity for all persons must respond by providing the possibility of women as persons being included in all ministries of our Church.”
 
Over Coming Silence Website: https://overcomingsilence.com/?section=voices
 
Where are the female leaders at the global headquarters of the Catholic Church? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AJlvfl90pc


The Spiritual Aspect of Tithing

The Spiritual Aspect of Tithing
(Exarchate Bulletin)​ 
 
 “Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce” (Proverbs 3:9).
 
In ancient Israel, the Church of the Old Testament, the Law of Moses instituted the tithe, also called the offering of the first-fruits. Tithe is merely the Old-English word for tenth. Israel’s tithe was an assessment of one-tenth of all produce. Usually this portion was rendered from the first harvest of the crop, hence the tithe of first fruits. The proceeds were devoted to the maintenance of the temple, support of the priesthood and the sustenance of the poor (Num. 18:24, Deut. 12:11, and 26:12).
 
These activities are still necessary parts of Church life. Parishes need suitable places for worship, education and fellowship. We are responsible for our church building maintenance, and the Lord continuously reminds us of our obligation to the needy. Therefore, the practice of good stewardship, represented by the tithe, retains its importance.
 
The motive behind the Old Testament tithe, however, was not purely pragmatic. For the ancient Hebrews, tithing was never merely an efficient way to raise money. Rather, they understood that their relationship with God required them to dedicate a substantial portion of the fruit of their labor to His purposes.
 
As Orthodox Christians, our basic understanding, derived from the Old Testament, is that everything comes from God. All that we have or hope to possess, beginning with life itself, is His gift. We acknowledge this fact in our spiritual life through prayer and fasting and through our struggle to follow His commandments. With regard to our material blessings, we confess that He is their true source by returning a portion to Him, to be used for His purposes in this world. These works include the maintenance of worship, the support of those called to His special service and the aid for the poor. By thus giving a portion of our wealth for His purposes, we sanctify the remainder.

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The Lay Faithful

The Lay Faithful
 
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
“The term ‘laity’ is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful, who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God, are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 897)
 
The vocation of lay people: “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. . . . It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 898)
 
The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the (Church Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 899): Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.
 
Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth. This duty is the more pressing when it is only through them that men can hear the Gospel and know Christ. Their activity in ecclesial communities is so necessary that, for the most part, the apostolate of the pastors cannot be fully effective without it. (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 900)

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Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter

Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charter
 
A Ministry of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical​
 
We establish Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters with religious orders, monasteries, abbeys, churches, archdioceses, dioceses, and ministry organizations to help them fulfill their respective missions. Each charter member will operate independently maintaining their current system of disciplines and teachings. They accept the authority of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical over all matters of Faith and Practices. The charter member may not legally or financially obligate the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical in anyway.  We presently have five Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters.
 
 An invitation to religious orders, monasteries, abbeys, churches, archdiocese, dioceses, and ministry organizations to have an ecclesiastical affiliation charter with the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.  If you are interested in establishing an ecclesiastical affiliation charter, please contact Abbot Father Michael+, OFE.                                                                             



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