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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