Living in Community

03-31-2019The Sisters Corner

Love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34

During this time of Lent God has been talking to our hearts through His Word and showing us how to love others, especially those who are around us: families, friends and communities. We learn to be merciful and to show God’s gestures of love in every moment.

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One Toke over the Line

03-31-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Now that Mueller Madness is over, we can all go back to ordering Russian dressing on our salads or even extra Russian dressing on those corned beef specials. One thing that always gets my goat about prosecutors is that they often take it a step too far, they just can’t seem to help themselves. Mueller did it by writing in his report that he couldn't find the evidence to bring an obstruction of justice charge but he wasn't exonerating the President either. A statement like that is over the line, unprofessional, unethical and defamatory. But prosecutors do it all the time, Mueller is no exception. It’s just their way of twisting the knife.

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Too Much Trash

03-24-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

It took Christians about 300yrs to convert the Roman Empire and become the dominate culture and ethics of the Empire. It took the Religion of Recycling a little over 20yrs to convert approximately 75% of trash making Americans to its doctrines and precepts. The high conversion rate to the Religion of Recycling surprised even its most ardent supporters and most managers of local municipalities. Many parents and all schools have indoctrinated their children with the morality of recycling, hands down in a far superior way than Christian morality was ever taught. Many cities even check your blue bin to shame you into compliance. If it is filled with proper items you get a star on your bin, if not you get an excommunication notice. Behavior modification at the refuse level! But there is a big crack in the foundation of the Religion of Recycling catechism.

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Yes, Lord!

03-24-2019The Sisters Corner

Tomorrow we will be celebrating the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special occasion to listen to the voice of God that calls each one of us to a specific vocation. And probably for some of you, it will be an occasion to renew your answer to the Lord in the path that He has already called you to live in.

Before we join the community, we have a time of discernment; which can take up to at least one year. It is a special time to listen to the voice of God that speaks always to our hearts and helps us with His grace to discover what we are made for, who we are. After that time, we go for a month to a communitarian experience in Lima, Peru to confirm our true call.

This year we have one girl from the U.S that is discerning her vocation with us. Her name is Anna. She is from Denver, Colorado and she is living now in our house in Arizona. This coming June she will go to a communitarian experience in Peru where she will join other girls from different countries. We ask you to pray for her in this time of discernment, so she may be opened to the voice of God and to His Plan for her.

The Ghost of Molly Malone

03-17-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The snakes are back in Ireland. Folklore tells us that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland in his day. Ireland, mainly because of its climate and detachment from the mainland has no native snake species. But that didn't stop people from importing them and keeping them as pets. And as we are seeing happen in Florida so too in Ireland, the fascination with these reptiles fades and people tend to get tired of taking care of them, they grow too large, become too expensive to care for or they escape their cages and these former pets start showing up in the wild and not so wild places. Unicorns make much better pets.

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Let's Sort it Out

03-10-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Any time we worship anything other than God we dance around the altars of Baal, a false god. The more we do the more frantic we become and the more we begin to hurt ourselves. Sounds like addictive or compulsive behavior to me. That is exactly what happens when we substitute a material thing for God. We will dance around it more and more frenetically until we start to harm ourselves. Witness an addiction to a drug: the thing we convinced ourselves would help us turns around and begins to harm us.

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Lord, print your image on us

03-10-2019The Sisters Corner

This is the first Sunday of Lent. And Jesus invites us to put our lives more in Him, living

more with our eyes fixed on God who gave Himself for each of us. He shows us how much He loves us and we are called to love others. We have a special devotion to the Holy Shroud of Turin. When we join the community and we make our first promise, we receive a

medal of the Holy Shroud. For that day, we prepare our hearts and study of the Holy Shroud through the medical, scientific

and historical investigation. Later we present that work to the Sisters in the Formation Center.

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La Alegría en el Señor School

03-03-2019The Sisters Corner

During the last couple of weeks, you probably have heard that we are organizing a Mission Trip to Lima - Peru. We are going to serve in a school called: La Alegría en el Señor (The Joy in the Lord).

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The Enemy of my Enemy...

03-03-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Sometimes help comes from unexpected sources… Recently some members of the AZ Legislature put forth a bill that would have basically repealed all the restrictions on abortion in AZ that we had worked to put in place over the last 44 years, including the mandate to provide life giving care to infants who survive an abortion. The proposed bill came up pretty quickly, which was by design to catch us off guard and ram it through stealthily. Fortunately, within 48 hours the Pro-life Community organized and hundreds of people showed up for the Committee Hearing. Because of that effort, the Bill died in committee! The Catholic Pro-life contingent was well represented but so was a good contingent of Mormons. Who could have imagined back in 1973 after Roe v. Wade was forced upon the country that Catholics and Mormons would be working together to defend the sanctity of human life? Even though our theology and ecclesiology are not exactly on the same page, both Catholics and Mormons understand first principles and why they must be defended before

all else.

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The Silence of the Shepherds

02-24-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“L’Affair McCarrick” has been adjudicated, partially. Theodore McCarrick, aka “Uncle Ted”, former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington D.C. has in the common parlance been “defrocked”. In Church Law parlance he has been permanently removed from the clergy and returned to the lay state. Though technically the sacrament of Holy Orders, like Baptism cannot be removed only its exercise restricted. This penalty for the crimes he was convicted of by a Vatican Tribunal is irrevocable. What still remains to be adjudicated is to find those who knew or covered up McCarrick’s behavior and held accountable. We owe a debt of thanks to those who came forward and broke the thick cloud of silence which enabled this atrocious behavior. Ultimately this is what ends sexual abuse: breaking the silence about abuse so that perpetrators are held accountable and prevented from abusing others. It is often not easy for a victim to come forward as one of the characteristics of abuse is that it gets you to blame yourself.

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More about Our Charism

02-24-2019The Sisters Corner

The Servants of the Plan of God is a new religious community inspired by the Holy Spirit as an answer for this Third Millennium. We are a community of consecrated women who live the Full Apostolic Availability, living in community and giving ourselves to God through evangelization and solidarity inservice.

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Incredibly not Credible

02-17-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

With the confirmation hearing of Justice Kavanaugh we witnessed the standard of “guilty by accusation” replace innocent until proven guilty, and the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” or even the lower standard of “to a preponderance of the evidence”. But the standard of “guilty by accusation” has already been in use in the Church in the US as it is applied to Catholic priests accused of abuse of a minor since the 2002 Dallas Charter.

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We Need to Live the Beatitudes

02-17-2019The Sisters Corner

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:3) Today Jesus taught us that if we want to live a joyful life we need to live the beatitudes. We can see many people in the world that are suffering so much: children, families, young people, elderly, etc. How can these beatitudes be possible in our lives? All we can see is how our brothers or sisters are suffering persecution and that Jesus has promised them that if theypersevere they will obtain the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Renewing Our Answer to Him

02-10-2019The Sisters Corner

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.” (Mark 3:13) We are called to announce Jesus and bring His light and His love to many who need Him, especially to the poor, the sick, the needy and to all those who suffer. But the source of all of our evangelization and service is our encounter with whom we have given our lives: Jesus.

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Kill Bill?

02-10-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

I’ve had an explosion of feral cats in the back yard lately. It always seems that one of them is having babies. So, to control the population now, I take the kittens as soon as I can from the mother and drown them quickly. It keeps the population down, significantly. Besides the ASCAP wants $35 a piece to euthanize them.

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World Youth Day

02-03-2019The Sisters Corner

We have been celebrating during the past few days, World Youth Day. And our Sisters had the opportunity to be there with young people from all overthe world, from the different countries where we are at.

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JesusLand Schools

02-03-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

We just completed another annual observation of Catholic Schools Week. The first Catholic school was opened by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the early 1800’s (yes a woman with serious power in the Church that long ago) and then soon after St. John Neumann started the Catholic School system in the US. But right on cue, the scolds at the NY Times couldn't resist defecating on the Parade with a Twitter feed: #exposechristianschools. We all know that when a journalist wants to “expose” something they are not looking for virtuous deeds or random acts of kindness. No, it’s much more sinister than that. Strange how the subject of attack is Christian schools, don't the prisspots in the media know there are lots of Hebrew schools and Muslim schools? #exposemuslimschools anyone? Not happening.

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