Faith and Religious Observance help to sustain and nourish many of our residents as we believe complete health includes spiritual care. St. Francis Home welcomes people of all faiths and offers daily Catholic Mass and the rosary in our Chapel.
Spiritual guidance and other Sacraments such as the anointing of the sick are provided by our Chaplain, Father Thai.
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Our Savior. He comes to be born anew by His grace and love in the hearts of all men, but alas, few recognize in Him their Divine Redeemer, or love Him as their God-made man. During this season let us give witness to how God reigns in our lives and in the world. Let us make this journey to Bethlehem with Mary, and ask her to show us more fully, “the fruit of her womb, Jesus!” As we hear the gospels reflect those tremendous moments of our salvation at each Sacrifice of the Mass, let us devote ourselves to bringing the joy of the Savior's birth to others, through our smiles, wishes of a “Merry Christmas” and those hidden acts of charity for the poor and unfortunate.
Let us recall the longings of the Patriarchs and Prophets, the holy souls of those four thousand years before the coming of the Messiah. With what intense yearning they desired but a glimpse of that blessed Light of the World, Who now gives Himself daily to us in the Eucharist. In praying the Liturgy of the Hours, we read a passage from St. Charles Borromeo that shed light on this intense longing of the people of God, and how we can today experience this in our lives:
“...Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery, she urges us to renew the memory of the great love God has shown us. This holy season teaches us that Christ's coming was not only for the benefit of his contemporaries; his power has still to be communicated to us all. We shall share his power, if, through holy faith and the sacraments, we willingly accept the grace Christ earned for us, and live by that grace and in obedience to Christ.” “The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.”
With Pope Francis It Is Time to Pay Heed to the Wisdom of the Elderly
by Christopher M. Bellitto
When Pope Francis opens his breviary to pray each day, a letter from his grandma Rosa greets him. It was written on the day of his ordination to the priesthood in 1969.
After all these years, she still inspires him with these words: “May these my grandchildren, to whom I have given the best of my heart, have a long and happy life, but if on some painful day, sickness or the loss of a loved one fills you with grief, remember that a sigh before the Tabernacle, where the greatest and most august martyr resides, and a gaze at Mary at the foot of the Cross, can make a drop of balm fall on the deepest and most painful wounds.”
Francis hopes that we all honor our elders and cherish their wisdom while taking care of them at the end of their lives. It has been a consistent topic for him, even if it has not garnered much attention.
What’s especially interesting is that he often pairs comments about the elderly, especially grandparents like his beloved Rosa, with words about young people.
Pope Francis speaks of the elderly in loving terms, as when he said in September 2014, “The elderly who have faith are like trees that continue to bear fruit.” His particular point seems to be not only that older men and women deserve our praise, but that they have much left to give.
“The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith and they leave them to us as inheritance,” he preached in November 2013. “The wisdom of our grandparents is the inheritance we ought to receive. A people that does not care for its grandparents, that does not respect its grandparents, has no future since it has lost its memory.”