Monday, December 6, 2010

December 2010 CFR Vocations eLetter

December is a beautiful month. Let us pray for each other as we dive deep into the holy season of Advent while preparing for Christmas. The Nativity of Our Lord was the favorite feast day of Saint Francis. He is known for having invented and popularized the tradition of setting up a living Christmas creche in Greccio, Italy.

Patience is a much needed virtue for those who are trying to discern their vocation, God's will for their life. Advent is the season of waiting. During this awesome season, we recall the ancient expectation of God's people as they awaited the advent (coming) of the Messiah. By the time Jesus had arrived, they had been waiting for some 4,000 years - that takes patience! We now await his second coming in glory at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. Some 2,000 years ago He said that He was "coming soon" (Revelation 22:7)! God's time is not our time, indeed, for Him "a day is like a thousand years gone by, like a watch in the night" (Psalm 90:4).

When we are discerning, sometimes we fall into the temptation of impatience. We need to be patient with God, with others and with ourselves. Timing is everything. Trust in Him and let Him lead you on the path of life. Frustration comes when we lack trust. It is part of His mercy that we do not know the future. Sometimes He only gives us enough light to see the next step and no more (like a flash light). Pray for the grace to be led in your spiritual life and for an increase of patience!

+ From the Catechism of the Catholic Church"When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease (#524)."

  Check it out ...
+ New free eBook by Pope Benedict
    On Advent & Christmas 
The Human Experience now available on DVD (amazing film by Grassroots Films)
DVD The Star of Bethlehem (very interesting)
Advent & Christmas with the Church Fathers (book)
Video on Religious Sisters (ForYourVocation on
+ Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, guest on EWTN Sunday Night Live

with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR  (a must see found here on (great videos and information)

May the Lord bless you,
The Friars 
Saint Joseph Friary
523 W. 142nd St.
New York, NY 10031

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