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April 13, 2011 This Saturday, April 16, 2011 is the deadline for applying for the Marian Children Scholarships.  So far there are 5 scholarships available, and we have not even started our fundraising yet.  We thank those who believe strongly in this effort and showed their great support.  May the Lord reward you a hundredfold.  Amen.


Dear children and young adults, you should see how special this opportunity is and say yes to it.  It will do so much good for your soul.  Whether you will be the scholarship recipients or not, you will be rewarded spiritually if you participate, persevere and be faithful to this spiritual journey with our Lady in search for God.

Many of us older adults have gone through life and wish there were such opportunity like this to encourage and support us.  Don’t let St. Mathew chide you: “We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.” Mathew (11:17)

We will begin to send out the Journal booklets on Monday of Holy Week.  It is important that you let us know once you received it.  Thank you.


April 7, 2011 There were concerns whether the children could fulfill the requirements for the Marian Children Scholarship, and whether they will be upset if they do not receive an award.  This Gospel passage came to me:

”Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’" (Matthew 19:13-14) 

I believe in the children as the Lord and the Blessed Mother have always believed in them, in their guiltlessness, courageousness, honesty and sincerity of heart.  Didn’t God “stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel" (Daniel 13:45) to save Susanna from the fabrication of the two wicked elders?  

 

St. Paul said that faith without work is a dead faith!  … for all grown up Christians, being the active role models to help children and young adults to practice and live their faith is a duty…  Reflect on the catastrophe of the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan recently then we will see that only faith lasts and keeps one hopeful to go on and rebuild one’s life.  Jesus said: “The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:11)  There will always be natural disasters, wars as well as suffering on this earth.  We will always try to deal with them to survive, but our ultimate goal in this life is our relationship with God and our eternal life with him.  Everything will pass away; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) says the Lord.  

 

No time for sitting idol when the Lord is dying of thirst for souls!  With humility and faith begging for God's mercy; let us come to him; let our children come to him for we are the poor in spirit, may the Kingdom of Heaven is ours… and blessed are we to be the clean of heart, for we will see God. (Matthew 5:3,8)  We pray.


April 1, 2011: Praise the Lord. Everything is ready for our fundraising effort. I spoke to Mike Sauter who is in charge of our local cluster churches. He is 100% supportive of this mission. After Easter, we will begin to go to different churches to talk to people about this special mission. My Marian Children Journal booklets came out very nice. We will begin to mail them out toward the end of next week, the latest is Holy Week.

It is quite strange today.  I met two nice Christians, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  They were not Catholics.  After my encounter with them I kept on thinking about (Mathew 22:1-14) the Parable of the Wedding Banquet.

“… The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come… Then he said to his servants: ’The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.  So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests…”  But then those who came without their wedding clothes got thrown out.  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”, said the Lord.  

Yes, the Blessed Mother welcomes all who come with an open heart to receive her motherly tender love which is united wholly to her Beloved Son's.

March 25, 2011: We finally got the 2 links ready for the web ( http://www.ourladyofnewhelfta.com/Mchildren/ and http://www.ourladyofnewhelfta.com/Mchildren/URschedule.php ).  That was a lot of work.  We thank those who prayed and gave helpful suggestions and advice, especially Rev. Father John Eudes, Karen Petote and Ena Gill.  We thank Benjamin Gigliotti also for his faith and perseverance...     

 

Also, a great reassurance was given to us.  Minh got an invitation to go to St. Agnes Catholic school in Avon, NY to speak to the children about the Junior scholarship.  We submitted the news about Marian Children Scholarships to the Diocese Newspaper and sent out emails to people asking to circulate them.  Now we leave that to the Holy Spirit.

 

Minh still has to write a letter for fundraising and to have the envelopes ready for Monday night.  

Dear Blessed Mother, we hope your Marian children will receive the grace to know how loved and blessed they are… . One of the signs is that they have souls volunteering to work so hard on their behalf!


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