Xaverian Missionaries – Provincial House
12 Helene Court – Wayne, NJ 07470
“ADVENT with JOY”
Dear Mission Friends,
In one of his homilies for the first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Mark Link, SJ, shared the following:
“Someone has observed that the most dangerous day of our lives comes when we learn the meaning of the word “tomorrow.” For on that day we discover that we can put things off… And, of course, that frequently leads to a lot of trouble.
There is a delightful story about an elderly woman who used to straighten up the house each night just before going to bed. One night her husband said to her: ‘Honey, you’ve had a big day and you are very tired tonight. Why don’t you wait until morning? There’ll be plenty of time to straighten up things then.’ His wife replied: ‘My dear, did it ever occur to you that this may be the night when Jesus comes for one of us? Whether it is for me or for you, I don’t want him to enter a messy house.’
The woman’s point is in keeping with the spirit of Advent: we should always be prepared for the coming of Jesus.”
Not long ago I came across an interesting poem by an unknown author. It reads:
“If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, if he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored guest, and all the food you’d serve him would be the very best. But when you saw him coming, I wonder what you’d do. Would you rush right to the door to let him in, or would you first hide a magazine or two and put the Bible and a crucifix where they had been? And I wonder if the Savior spent a day or two with you, would you go right on doing the things you always do? Would you go right on saying the things you always say? Would life for you continue as it does from day to day? Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go? Or would you, maybe, change your plans for a day or so? Would you be glad to have him stay forever on and on? Or would you sigh with great relief when at last he had gone? It might be interesting to know the things that you would do, if Jesus came in person to spend some time with you.”
That poem may not win a literary prize, but it’s right on target in telling us what Advent is all about: Making room for Jesus in our so often cluttered lives and hearts… so that he may be born anew in our midst and remain with us in a more visible way forever. Our mission begins by giving the Lord the first place in our lives and then he’ll be willing to even work wonders with us and through us as we reach out to others the world over.
Have a grace-filled Advent Season and a God filled Christmas and New Year!
With deep gratitude,
Blessings and much peace,
Fr. Mark and the Xaverian Missionaries
Tuesdays: October 2 through November 27, 2018
Fr. Michael Davitti SX will celebrate Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Ministry Center. Mass will be followed by a Scripture Reflection from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend! For additional information please visit www.olcparish.org
General Direction Counselors Visit the US
With deep gratitude from all of us, Xaverian Missionaries in the USA and the world over, for your daily prayers, your witness of life, your faithful and generous love for our Missions over the years, we wish a HAPPY,,, VERY BLESSED,,, AND GRACE-FILLED EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!!! MAY the LORD reward you many times over.
Fr. Mark and The Xaverian Missionaries
Fr. Frank Grappoli SX returned from Italy with an “Easter Basket” of images and memories. Enjoy!
These two photos are of a young Fr. Frank in the 1970’s.
Bishop Angelo Frosi, Xaverian Missionary and first Xaverian ordained in the United States, is the subject of a new process of canonization in the Church. Bishop Jose Maria Chaves Dos Reis of Abaetetuba, Brazil where Bishop Frosi served as bishop from 1970 until his death in 1995 has begun the process.
The solemn opening of the Beatification and Canonization process of Bishop Angelo Frosi took place on December 8, 2017. The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Abaetetuba which is promoting the Cause, whilst the Postulator is the diocesan priest Francesco Correa Moraes, helped by Fr. Alfiero Ceresoli SX
We are looking for friends who may have known him as we gather written testimonials. If you knew Bishop Frosi, or of him, please contact Fr. Mark Marangone, Provincial
Fr. Mark Marangone SX attended the 55th and sadly final Bercetese celebration of its ties to the Xaverian Missionaries and St. Guido M. Conforti. See more pictures at www.bergotto. com. The Xaverian Missionaries express their never-ending gratitude to the Berceto Foundation for over half a century of service!
Xaverian Missionaries US Province Statement on Islamophobia and the Executive Order on Refugees
Jesus replied, “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
The United States Province of the Xaverian Missionaries adds its voice to the chorus of religious and secular organizations that object to the executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries to this country and condemns the Islamophobia gripping this nation.
Jesus himself referred to loving God and one’s neighbor as the greatest of the commandments. They are the core of Christian teaching. Loving one’s neighbor is also the core of the Golden Rule, which is found in every religion and culture on this planet. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
This country was founded on the principles of tolerance and acceptance. It grew and prospered due in no small part to the contributions of immigrants from around the world. Closing our doors and building walls will only result in diminishing not only our economic and commercial prosperity, but more importantly, our moral and ethical principles and aspirations. In short: America risks losing its own soul.
Xaverian Missionaries serve in twenty countries around the world. We have seen first-hand the hardship and devastation caused by sectarianism, economic deprivation, conflict, and war. In the past America seemed to be a beacon of light to peoples struggling to achieve “liberty and justice for all.” Now the light is dimmed and is in danger of being extinguished.
The Xaverian Missionaries congratulate Archbishop Joseph Tobin on his appointment to head the Archdiocese of Newark. Read about his appointment in NCR.
The Xaverian Missionaries and the American Humanist Association organized a special conference of dialogue which brought together religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers in conversation to gain perspective on each other’s ways of seeing the world while embracing commonalities in our human experience that unite us for social change. We called it COMMON GROUND 2015.
Through four panel sessions and networking participants joined academics and leaders from national and local organizations to discuss views on finding meaning in life, ethics and values, and how to collaborate for social action.
We believe that there is a lot of common ground between atheists, humanists, and religious believers on ethics, community, and hope.
We invite all those who wish to engage in honest, respectful conversation across the secular/religious divide. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at 12 Helene Court, Wayne NJ. Join us here.