COME WITH ME
Jesus said to them, “Come with me, I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” It’s in this spirit we reach out to you to help us be better “fishers of men and women.” How do we do it? Though the charitable works and giving that come only from the heart. We embrace the spirit and let it move us to offer what we can; that is true giving and living the word.
Living the Word
Living the gospel of “come follow me,” through volunteerism, through acts of kindness and giving when it’s most difficult that makes us true Christians. The Ole Foundation are currently supporting students in Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and the Philippines to fulfill this vital mission.
With over 100 male and female students in Vietnam, 10 in Congo, and India we are developing student vocations to fill the everchanging needs of our faith. As the priesthood changes and the number of nuns diminish and age toward retirement, we are acutely aware of the needs for the Holy Father to fulfill his mission. So many priests, nuns and members of the clergy are not being replaced at the same rate of attrition from their divine calling. In an effort to help satisfy this growing void, we are expanding a new program in many nations including the Philippine Islands where our goal is to support 1,000 students and be constantly graduating 10% each year. This deep well of spiritual leadership can help supplement and reinforce an expanding supply of those who hear the call of, “come follow me” through Ole Foundation scholarships, tuition, room and board and generous giving from ordinary people like you looking to share their gifts of time, talent and treasure.
We need to call Jesus in the storms facing the Church and our lives.
Let us approach Jesus with strong Faith in his ability and willing availability to calm the storms in the life of the Church and in our lives. Church history shows us how Jesus saved his Church from the storms of persecution in the first three centuries, from the storms of heresies in the 5th and 6th centuries, from the storms of moral degradation and the Protestant reformation movement in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and from the storms of sex abuse scandals of the clergy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is the presence of Jesus which gives us peace even in the wildest storms of life: the storms of anxiety and worries about the future we are suffering now in the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic (Corvid-19), storms of sorrow, storms of doubt, tension and uncertainty, storms of anxiety and worries, storms of anger and despair, storms of temptations. Storms reveal to us our inability to save ourselves and point us to the Infinite ability and eagerness of God to save us. When Jesus shows up in our life’s storms, we find that we gain strength to do the seemingly impossible. For example, when Jesus shows up, he makes marriages out of mistakes, he invigorates, restores, and empowers us to reach the unreachable, to cross the un-crossable. Storms let us know that without him we can do nothing, without him we are doomed to fail. Yet, when Jesus shows up, we gain the strength to join Paul, saying, “In Christ I can do all things.” But this demands a personal relationship with God, with Jesus, enhanced through prayer, meditative study of Scripture and an active Sacramental life. Experiencing Jesus’ presence in our lives, let us confess our Faith in him and call out for his help and protection always.
We need to imitate the short prayer of sinking Peter:
We are expected to pray to God every day with trusting Faith for the strengthening of our personal relationship with Him and for the courage and humility to acknowledge our complete dependence on Him for everything. But when we have no time or mental energy for formal prayers, let us use the short prayers in the Gospels, like Peter’s prayer: “Lord, save me!” or the prayer of the mother of the possessed girl: “Lord, help me!” or the blind man’s prayer: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” or the sinner’s prayer: “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner!” We get plenty of time during our travels to say the short prayers like the “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory be….” We may begin every day offering all our day’s activities to God and asking for His grace to do His will and we may conclude every day before we go to sleep, by asking God’s pardon and forgiveness for our sins. Keeping a Bible on our table will encourage us to read at least a few words of the Bible and thus listen to what God is saying to us.
We should not limit God’s saving presence:
There are those who would limit God’s presence for their own comfort or security or to keep themselves in power. In years past there were those who would deny God’s presence in slaves. There have been those who would ignore God’s presence in their enemies. There are those who would refuse to believe that God is present in the murderer sitting on death row, in those who are marginalized by our society: the gay person, the addict, the person living with AIDS, the illegal alien, the handicapped. It is in situations like these that we have to get out of the boat, surprise others, and show them the reflection of God in such people. Let us always look for ways to be surprised by our God and opportunities to wake one another up to the beauty, the power and the nearness of our loving, providing and protecting God. Let us also pray for a deepening of God’s gift of Faith within us, that we may be able to recognize Him in the ordinary situations of our lives, and humbly pray to Him saying, “Lord, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation.”
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”
JOKE OF THE WEEK
In one of his books, Mark Twain recalls a visit to the Holy Land and a stay in Capernaum. It was a moonlit night, so he decided to take his wife on a romantic boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Twain asked a man in a rowboat how much he would charge to take them out on the water. The man saw Twain's white suit, white shoes and white hat and supposed he was a rich Texan. So, he said the cost would be twenty-five dollars. Twain walked away as he said, "Now I know why Jesus walked on water."
Ministers walking on water!
There’s an old joke about three pastor friends who are on a beach together. The first, a Catholic priest gets up from his beach towel and walks about a quarter mile out to a raft in the ocean. The second, a. Protestant minister, does the same. The third, a rabbi, the newcomer in the group, gets up and walks toward the raft to join his colleagues. Suddenly he finds himself underwater. The priest turns to the minister and says, “Didn’t you tell him where the rocks are?”
“Have Faith my child":
For the umpteenth time Mrs. Youngston came to her pastor to tell him, "I'm so scared! Joe says he's going to kill me if I continue to come to your Church." "Yes, yes, my child," replied the pastor, more than a little tired of hearing this over and over. "I will continue to pray for you, Mrs. Youngston. Have Faith - the Lord will watch over you." "Oh yes, He has kept me safe thus far, only....." "Only what, my child?" "Well, now Joe says if I keep coming to your church, he's going to kill YOU!" "Well, now," said the pastor, "Perhaps it's time for you to check out that little parish on the other side of town."
A priest of little Faith and big ambitions:
A Jewish rabbi and his friend a Catholic priest were traveling together in a train and it being a long journey they started to talk.
Rabbi: So what's your next move, padre?
Priest: Well, if I'm lucky I might get a parish of my own.
Rabbi: And then?
Priest: Well perhaps I'll be made a Monsignor and maybe even a Bishop!
Rabbi: And after that?
Priest: Well I suppose, it's just possible that I could become a Cardinal.
Rabbi: Yes, and what after that? Priest: Well, it's ridiculous to think about it. But I suppose I could become Pope!
Rabbi: And then?
Priest: Well that's it, Pope! There's only God after that.
Rabbi: Well, you never know. After all one of our Jewish boys from Nazareth, made it!
(Source: Jewish Jokes “with no blasphemy intended”)
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