THE HOLY MOUNTAIN — FINDING HEALING
Yes, Lent is just around the corner. It will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd. As we look around our world, we still see turmoil, strife and many difficulties at home from unemployment to people losing their homes. These are not easy times for many people.
So let us take time during the holy season of Lent to pause and take stock of our lives and rethink our values. Perhaps, we need to take to heart the motto that we put on our money – "In God We Trust". It is just a confident expectation that no matter what happens now or in the future, God will be here for us.
A story is told of the man who returned home to find his house ablaze. His terrified wife was standing outside pointing up to a window where their son was crying. His father shouted up to him, "Jump son, jump. I will catch you." The boy cried, "But Daddy, I can't see you." "I know", his father answered, "I know, but I can see you."
As Christians we know that we do not go through our trials and tribulations alone. God sees us. God knows our name. Lent is a good time to renew our trust and confidence in a loving God and we can say with the psalmist, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I feel no evil for You are with me." (Ps 23.4)
Yours in Christ,
The 2012 Week of Prayer at Graymoor was a joyful time with great weather good attendance at events and a marvelous variety of guest speakers from several different Christian Denominations reflecting on the theme: “We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58). We are thankful for all that attended these events and are proud to share with you several transcripts from some of the renowned speakers who participated in the week's events.
The XXXII Paul Wattson Lecture and Dinner will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the University of San Francisco, Room: McLaren 252. The dinner will follow the public lecture to be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén, Lutheran Bishop of Lund, Sweden. Her lecture is entitled: "Hope for the Future of Ecumenism." A Question and Answer period with Bishop Jackelén will follow. All are Invited. Learn more about this event and RSVP by Clicking Here.
The Paul Wattson Lectures honor the memory of the Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, S.A. (1863–1940), founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and pioneer for the cause of Christian Unity
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are hosting a weekend retreat for men from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at Graymoor, Garrison, New York. The Come & See Weekend is for men between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, who are exploring a call to Franciscan religious life and service to others.
The Confirmation of a child is a special day for family and friends. As part of Confirmation the youth will take the name of a Saint. The Friars would like to offer you the opportunity to obtain a truly unique gift: A CD containing an Ave Maria Hour Episode that depicts the story of the life of a Saint which corresponds to the Confirmation name. 13 Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary are available. Each CD is offered for a suggested donation of $10 plus $2 shipping/handling.
We are sure you are aware, so pardon us for reminding you, that the Friars hold several special events including: Benefactor Appreciation Days - held around the country and several times each year here at Graymoor (next date Thursday, April 20th), Heritage Day at Graymoor (Friday, June 8th), and Sponsor Day at Graymoor (Wednesday, September 7). We also hold other special events as fund raisers, such as: Sunset on the Hudson (Thursday, May 3rd, Graymoor Golf Classic (Monday, June 4th) and Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner (Friday, October 12th).
We look forward to sharing these times with you — as it is you ... that make them special for us!
Upcoming Benefactor Appreciation Days:
Benefactor Appreciation Days not only provide an opportunity to meet with the Friars, but also include a Mass, complimentary luncheon and a brief update of the Friars Ministries.
February 27 – Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale, FL
For more information, contact Lisa Koesling at (845) 424-2137, LKoesling@AtonementFriars.org
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