Our Lady of Mount Caritas Ministry and it’s Hermitage of Peace work to make a difference in the world, one person at a time.
Presently we house three family at our headquarters at 54 Seckar Road, Ashford, CT. These families have at least one member who is from Brooklyn and / or Queens, New York.
Dr. Christopher Coleman have worked with these families and helping them to remain out of homelessness. There are issues of health and poverty that necessitated this intervention.
The environment is one of rural Connecticut. They do work on the property that helps them pay for their time there and give them a sense of purpose.
The end goal would be for each family to find appropriate housing and be able to maintain their living conditions. They will continue to be connect to Our Lady of Mount Caritas Ministry and with Dr. Coleman.
“This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before my face, who shall prepare your way before you.’” Matthew 11:10
Jesus needed His cousin St. John the Baptist! St. John was to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus. He was a prophet, the last Prophet of the Old Testament, Jesus begins the Nee Testament with His life and ministry.
St. John’s preparation was very clear for those who could hear him. His message was revealed in all that was about him. Even the clothing he wore and the food he ate revealed a radical turn to the Divine.
To make the way to receive the Lord, we must repent of the things that block the Divine Presence in our lives!
Repentance is important and we must remove the things that keep us from receiving Jesus in our lives!
We must be St. John like in the way we live, in our total being! We may be the only ones who can bring Jesus to people.
May we be the best St. John like people, because the world is in desperate need of the peace, joy, and love that Jesus brings!
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:1-2
Christmas brings us back to the base, our hearts must be prepared to receive peace! Peace is a choice and it does not come from things.
Peace be with you!
This is a very important greeting and we do not use it enough and we certainly do not live it enough!
Repent from the things that keep us from peace!
This Second Sunday of Advent, let us remember, even in all of the shopping we must do, and in all the parties that we partake of, and in all the hours we spend in the kitchen preparing wonderful delicious meals, that we need to receive peace in our hearts! We must give ourselves the time to receive Jesus. We must find the time to pray, read Scripture and to love one another!
We need Christmas, and the only way to receive it, is to stop the frenzy and allow the heart to be open to receive the peace that Jesus brings!
Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42
We are in a most wonderful time of the year. These days before Christmas are very special and give us memories that we will carry often for the rest of our lives. These special time are Divine Times. Do not miss them!
Along with these wonderful experiences are the stressful things we do make these times special. Some times we have to go through the stress to make the preparation for others to feel loved and appreciated. However, if we lose focus about why we are working so hard to make everything special, if we forget the reason for the season, then we may miss the true gift, Jesus! He wants to come into our lives and bring us His Love!
Do not miss Divine Love because we are too busy! Do not miss the memories we need to experience so that we can call on them when times get rough!
God gave us these times so that we can experience the peace that is beyond all understanding.
Leave an opening in our days during this stressful time of the year to receive Jesus who is coming, but we must be alert to receive Him!
“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare.” Luke 21:34
We are at the last moments of the last day of the Liturgical Year 2022 of the Roman Church, and it is time to let go of the old year, Scripturally speaking, and enter into our preparation for Christmas, Advent. Advent begins tomorrow.
The message for this day is to be alert!
There are so many things going on in our world that can deadened our hearts. There is so much death from natural causes, and human to human hate; this is our reality. We have a choice to make, to give up hope for a better day, or to be people of hope when all seems to be hopeless.
Being alert means staying close to God knowing that we will have the Final Victory in God!
Pray that our hearts not been hardened, but rather ￼supple in Divine Love!
Let us keep each other in prayer! It is our weapon against despair!
And he said, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 42-43
Jesus the King is humble!
The life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus is a lesson in humility that changes our world. The use of humility in our lives must follow this example of Jesus on the Cross. It shows the Power of Love.
St. Dismas, the person who stole Heaven, one of the two criminals that were crucified with the Lord, had to be humble to receive Paradise. Humility for him meant being honest about his life, and trusting in Divine Mercy, and asking in total trust to be with Jesus forever!
Total trust in Jesus leads to Paradise with Him!
This is how we must celebrate the true meaning of the Feast of Christ the King, to know we are not worthy, but come to Jesus are we are, ask Him for mercy, and make Him King of Our Lives!
By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:19
Life gets challenging! Many times we prepare for one thing, something positive, and yet we get the result of something negative, totally counter to our understanding. We have a choice to make, give up, or trust in Jesus and move forward. This is endurance!
We move forward in our lives, hoping to be instruments of Divine Love, yet doors keep closing in front of us. We still keep moving forward, we keep doing acts of love, yet may see no positive results, but we do not stop! This is endurance!
Why do we keep getting up when we are pushed down by people, places, and/or things? We choose to be who we are, not who others want us to be!
We follow Jesus who went to the Cross because He was/ is truly Himself.
Jesus is the Model of Endurance!
Jesus was nailed to the Cross, He died forgiving those who lied about Him, abused Him, but because He Endured, He Rose from the died and is with us who follow His Cross!
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:9-10
Jesus is present to everyone who seeks Him, and this is what we find in our friend Zacchaeus! We can assume many people would avoid him. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and because of this, he was a wealthy person, and unliked because he collected money for Roman Empire, the occupation forces over Judea.
Zaccheaus had everything the world could offer him, but that was not enough for him! And that is not enough for us either!
Zacchaeus also had another obstacle other than be hated for his occupation, he was short in stature. But thanks be to God, God provided a tool that was present before Zacchaeus knew he needed it, a tree to climb, and used it to get the attention of Jesus! Jesus saw him, loved him, and gave us an example of how to be saved!
Jesus is always present to us, we must let go of whatever other people think of us, and our own limitations that may get in the way with our relationship with the Lord!
Jesus will say to us, what He said to Zacchaeus, “Salvation has come to this house!”.
“…(F)or everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14
Jesus tells us clearly what He wants from us. Jesus tells us to be more like Himself!
We can accomplish many things in the days of our lives, and these things can create in ourselves a false pride. A false pride is that we did these accomplishments by ourselves and for ourselves. This is a lie!
Everything we accomplished comes out of what God had given us!
All the World is a gift!
All we are belongs to the Creator!
Let us meditate on Divine Humility. God enters the world born in a cave/ stable, so that we could be saved and find true peace.
True peace is not found in things in this world, but rather found in total surrender to the Creator!
Let everything we have and everything we do come out of our total surrender to the Creator. May we be reflections of the Divine Humility!