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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Meet Sister Ximena

01-27-2019The Sisters Corner

Dear family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,

I am Sister Ximena Pérez from Ecuador. I have been serving the Lord as a Servant of the Plan of God for eleven years, since 2008. For instance, for many years in Peru, I helped in our formation house (the house for novices), children with physical disabilities and women in prison, and in Chile, I servedthe abandoned elderlies.

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In the Cold Kentucky Rain

01-27-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Rush to judgment, jump to conclusions and join the mob is what was on display with the incident involving the students from Covington Catholic High School. Can we pause for a moment and remember these are high school teenagers? And every now and then, and this may come as a huge, stunning shock to you but sometimes, teenagers don't always act appropriately. But in this case, they did. They were on a class trip, they stood up for justice for the unborn in the January cold of Washington D.C., they were waiting for the bus to take them home and they were harassed by a group of Black Supremist, being taunted with phrases such as: incest baby, cracker, trailer trash, faggot and worse. They were particularly vile to one of the young black students, telling him, “the white man is going to kill you and steal your organs”. One of his white classmates put his hand on that student’s shoulder and said to him, “we love you”. Who was doing the wrong thing here? Yet that group was never condemned by the twitter mob. And then a man with a drum comes marching up to them. What were they supposed to do, what were they supposed to think at that moment? And one slice of that video, maliciously edited, surfaced on-line and those kids were toast.

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Meet Sister May

01-20-2019The Sisters Corner

Hi! I’m Sister May, 33 years old, and a member of the Servants of the Plan of God since 2006. I’m so happy and have been longing to join our mission there in Phoenix. I’ve been living and serving in the mission here in Peru for 12 years already.

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Still Strong at 46

01-20-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The 2019 March for Life has come and gone, barely noticed by the media as usual. Still, the impact of the March for Life reverberates throughout our land. What’s notable is that the millennial generation (those born between 1981-1996 or so) are much more agreeable to placing restrictions on abortion than their parents. This is consistent with the long-term strategy of the Pro-life Movement to change hearts, minds and culture so that regardless of the law, abortion will no longer be sought after. Remember it took 224 years from the time African slaves were first brought to the American colonies to finally abolish slavery and even longer to establish civil rights for blacks and shake off the legacy of one group of people deciding a weaker group should be at their mercy. We are in an epic struggle.

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Who's Unamerican?

01-13-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Knights of Columbus?” That question sounds like one you would have heard from the Select Committee on Unamerican Activities and Joe McCarthy. But it was actually posed by two sitting US Senators, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) as they sought to grill Brian Buescher, a federal district court nominee from Nebraska, by submitting questions for the record that singled him out because he is a member of the K of C.

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Deja Vu All Over Again!

01-06-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The first letter of the year will be one that already was! Reading this you may be thinking is this the day the earth stood still? No, it’s just a little deja vu. A fresh letter next week! Soon it will be the year that was. But was it a year to remember, or your favorite year? Was it the best yearever, maybe a year in the life of a fool? Or was it more the days of wine and roses or a time we’d rather forget? However, those 525,600 minutes of those 365 days of 2016 passed by I hope you can find many reasons for gratitude and thankfulness.

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What a gift!

01-06-2019The Sisters Corner

God wanted to show Himself as a little child, not only to the people of Israel, but to the whole world. Thinking about the different countries where we are, Servants of the Plan of God (in South and North America, Africa and Europe), we are amazed of how God and His Gospel of love is celebrated in so many different cultures and languages and how many places still don’t know Him. And also thinking that the story of our salvation started with a Little Child and how the faith has spread so much that we, being from different countries, have received the faith is a wonderful gift.

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Everyday Stewardship

01-06-2019Stewardship Reflection

Today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. For centuries we as Catholics celebrated this Feast on Jan 6, but the decision was made a number of years ago (at least in the United States) to celebrate the Epiphany on the Sunday which falls between Jan 2 and Jan 8.

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