Making a Difference (continued from front panel) 200 people each day. That number might very well increase… just the other day some Tartar refugees from Crimea came to our Soup Kitchen to dine. Starting in May 2014 there will be an 80% increase in the cost of gas supply, and religious organizations will now have to pay commercial rate. Already in preparation for harder times to come, we have purchased two generators, one for the Girls’ Home and one for the L’Viv men’s community residence ($7,700 total); and repair of a broken sewage line at the Girls’ Home ($1,000). Our Boys’ Home at Bortniky is probably one of the most self-sufficient places on the planet with its own generator plus ample food supply from the barnyard animals and farm harvest of potatoes, buckwheat and wheat to share with the Girls’ Home and Soup Kitchen. Our men’s community in L’Viv also helps poor families in various ways, and all is made possible because of your donations. Please pray for the Ukrainian people and help us continue our Miles Jesu Missions there. Please help Miles Jesu today! Your sacrifice of a large gift, a monthly pledge or whatever you can afford, truly makes all the difference. In Miles Jesu we pray for our benefactors daily at Mass and in our holy hours and rosaries because the Miles Jesu Missions depend upon God’s help through people like you. Yours in Jesus through Mary, Fr. Romeo Salcido, MJ P.S. Please consider including Miles Jesu in your will. Also, tax-deductible stock investment gifts can be made to: Fidelity Brokerage Services FBO Miles Jesu account #Z72-344478. Miles Jesu – Chicago P.O. Box 267989 / Chicago, IL 60626 / 773-262-0861 [email protected] / www.milesjesu.com Miles Jesu Missions Miles Jesu Update •May 2014• INDIA: ‘Udaya Nakshatra’ (Morning Star) Boys’ Home in Sirsi with ‘Little Angels’ slum children outreach in Mumbai. NIGERIA: Needy Children’s Program in Nimo, for their care and education. UKRAINE: Boys’ Home in Bortniky, Girls’ Home in Birky, and Soup Kitchen in the city of L’Viv. S.O.S. to End Human Trafficking in America: Through education, resources and emphasis on reinforcing Christian culture. Miles Jesu Education Fund Miles Jesu Education Fund: for consecrated members of Miles Jesu, towards their lay professions and training in doctrine and social teachings of the Church. Making a Difference Dear Friend in Christ, With political tensions rising in Ukraine, so are costs. In the western region of Ukraine we continue to run our Boys’ Home (Bortniky) with 26 boys; our Girls’ Home (Birky) with 15 girls; and our Soup Kitchen (L’Viv) feeding over continued... Growing In The Fait h The Lay Vocation Fr. Christopher Foeckler, MJ • St. Josaphat Formation Center • Phoenix, AZ Thomas Creen, MJ • Phoenix, AZ totus tuus With the Canonization of Pope John Paul II on the Feast of Divine Mercy at the end of last month, the words of the saintly Pope’s Episcopal motto “Totus Tuus” take on even greater meaning than they already had during his historic papacy. They represent the key that unlocks the secret to the charisma, the energy, the joy and the abundant fruit of the life and work of this successor of St. Peter, whom many consider one of the “Greats” among them. These two words are now immortalized in the mosaic of the Madonna on the exterior of the papal apartments in St. Peter’s Square and capture the very essence of the act of total consecration to Jesus through Mary by St. Louis DeMontfort that Pope John Paul II made his own: “All Yours.” St. John Paul II had explained the meaning of the motto on many occasions during his papacy, the most recent one being in his apostolic exhortation on the Rosary in which he writes: “The Rosary mystically transports us to Mary’s side as she is busy watching over the human growth of Christ in the home of Nazareth. This enables her to train us and to mold us with the same care, until Christ is “fully formed” in us (cf. Gal 4:19). This role of Mary, totally grounded in that of Christ and radically subordinated to it, “in no way obscures or St. Josaphat Formation Center 1925 E. Baseline Road / Phoenix, AZ 85042 602-276-6098 / [email protected] Mass: Mon-Fri 7:00AM; Sat 5:00PM (Spanish); Sun 10:00AM Confessions: Mon 10:00AM-12:00PM & 3:00-5:00PM; Thurs, Fri & Sat 10:00AM-5:00PM Adoration: Fri starting at 8:00AM; Sun 9:00AM Men’s Formation Class & Boys’ Group: Every third Saturday of the month, 10:00AM -Noon diminishes the unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power.”1 “This is the luminous principle expressed by the Second Vatican Council which I have so powerfully experienced in my own life and have made the basis of my episcopal motto: Totus Tuus.”2 “The motto is of course inspired by the teaching of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, who explained in the following words Mary’s role in the process of our configuration to Christ: ‘Our entire perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ. Hence the most perfect of all devotions is undoubtedly that which conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ. Now, since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, his Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ.’ Never as in the Rosary do the life of Jesus and that of Mary appear so deeply joined. Mary lives only in Christ and for Christ!”3 (1) Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 60. (2) Cf. First Radio Address Urbi et Orbi (17 October 1978): AAS 70 (1978), 927. (3) Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. PHOENIX COMMUNITY NEEDS: Community: Our community is in GREAT NEED of a new or used vehicle for our use or resale. Please consider donating your used vehicle! Chapel: 7-day vigil candles, 15-hour votive candles, self-lighting charcoal and long stem lighters Household: liquid hand soap, liquid laundry soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, floss, gift cards for groceries/household items, prepaid phone cards/gasoline cards Be assured of our prayerful thanks for your generous responses to our needs! Mama’s Boy Every morning on the way to work, I see a little boy walking along the sidewalk with his mother. He is on the way to school, and his mom is accompanying him. Ever since I first noticed them, the thought always comes to my mind, “What a mama’s boy.” The street that they walk along is full of little kids on the way to school, and several of them go with a parent. But there is no other youngster who is literally leaning into his mother while they walk like this one does. Don’t get me wrong; he is probably only about six years old, so it wouldn’t be strange for him to be a ‘mama’s boy.’ It is understandable. He is so young and small and is on his way to a horrible place – school. He has to be wondering why he has to leave the comfort and safety of home with his mother and go out into the big, mean, bad world of school with no mother. It reminds me of the movie Napoleon Dynamite. The movie starts with the first day of high school for Napoleon. When he gets home, his grandma asks him, “How was school?” He replies, “Worst day of my life, what do you think?” Yes, school can be tough. So one can understand a little boy getting the last moments of joy out of contact with his mom as he heads for such a tough place. This morning scene makes me think of our Blessed, Heavenly Mother. We long for joy, but life can be so hard sometimes. We long for the perfection of heaven. As we walk along the sidewalk of life, we can lean on Mary. She puts Her arm around us comforts us.
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