Sunday, just past
Emmaus Community - An independent home-church ministry with an ALF for veterans
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Property update
Love, What does It require of us?
A New Year - A Year for New Found Friends
Treasures in Heaven; or, that other place
Interior "Our Lady of the Mountains" Edgewood, New Mexico

Most Popular Posts

Dogs and Cats - Miracle Workers and God's Gift to Us-
The Function of Prayer
The Slaughter of the Innocents: 2013
Just Do It
"Bill"/"Sue" Their Story : The Elephant in the Room

Categories

"Bill" and/or "Sue" : The Elephan in the Room
"Come Follow Me"
"I Did - I sent You!"
"Teardrops that Tango"'
A Coming Day of Judgement
A difficult decision to make.
A Forgotten War -And A Saint Come Together
A Great Shame
A Holy Pilgrimage
A Home at Last; finally, a Home
A long winded share! But, a good one!
A Morning Reflection
A Need and a Prayer Request - On Our Behalf
A new Home for St. Patrick
A not so sacred honor
A Personal Thank You to the NM Dept. of Corrections
A Private Gethsemene
A radical Transformation
A Time To Break Silence
Abide In Me
All Suffering Has Meaning and Dignity - -
An Angel Comes Into Our Lives
An Ecumenical Monasticism Community in Today's World
An introduction
An update
Appreciate?
April 10th
April 14
April 15th
April 17
April 18th
April 19th
April 27th
April 3
April 4th
April 9th
Are you an 'unchurched Christian?
Are You and Instrument of His Love?
Back in the Saddle
Back in the Saddle Again!
Back on line....
Compline for 29th December
Crossroads
Dark Night of the Soul.
D-Day
Deep Within Is Rooted Calm
Dust, Not in the wind!
Edgewood, New Mexico Property
Educate, the first step
FAITH: The Dragon Slayer
Far greater than silver or gold.
Feeling the Emptiness
Forgiveness
Fruit
Gifts
God Bless to All
Gone, But NEVER forgotten!
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Greetings!!!
Grief
Have Been on Sick Leave
His Last Prayer
His Message of the Ages
His One and Only Commandment
His Refelction - Can You See It?
Home Sweet Home!
I will never forget
If but one...then for that one, it is worth it!
If we would follow Christ
In Memoriam for ALL of Our Fallen Warriors
In Service to All Mankind
In Texas for a few days!
Is Yours the Real Thing? Or....
Jacob's Ladder - Our Ladder
Joy to the World
Just "Plain Wrong!" as Will Rogers might say.
Just Beyond the Sunset
Just Do It
Kindness ........
KOB-TV ABQ, New Mexico
Leading and Learning to Lead....
Leave No One Behind.
Lest We Forget
Liberty, the lady
Light at the end of the tunnel!
Love, What does it require of us?
March 5th
May 12th
May 17th
May 18th
May 19th
May 22nd
May 24th
May 3rd
May 4th
May 7th
May 9th
May God Have Mercy On Our Souls
May13th
May14th
Memorial Day
Mercy, Compassion and Forgiveness...
Military Dog Adopted by Grieving Family
Miracles
Miracles, do we see them?
Modern, Ecumenical Monasticism
More Than Just Brothers in Arms........
More Than Ten Reasons WHY?
Motivation, who me?
Needs
Negotiations with God - Prayer
Never Can We Forget! Never!!
Never Forgotten
Never the Same as When They Left.......Never
New Mexico - A Very Special People
No Greater Love is There Than This --
No Greater Love is there.....
Number Crunchers
Oh, Boy!! A Most Difficult Decision
Oil on Troubled Waters
Only Fiath Succeeds.
Oodles and Oodles of Prayer, Ladels and Ladels
Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ
OUr Journey Continues
Our Lady of the Mountains Grounds and Building
Our Lady of the Mountains - Interior
Our Men and Women Warriors
Our Mission
Our New Family Member....
Our One Mission
Our One Purpose - Our One Mission
Our Schedule for next week -
Paper Airplanes
Peace
Peacemakers
Prayer Life....Huh? What's That?
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene....by St. Anselm
RAFFEL EVENTS August to October, 2013
Reminder of Our One and Only Mission
Rick Simpson's Oil
Season begats Season...
Seasons
Seasons!
Standing Before God in Prayer
Strangers - ?
Such are hard to find these days!
Suffering
Sunday, just past
Taize
Taize Services @ Emmaus House
Thank You - Cinnabon
Thank You - WalMart
Thank You - Wal-Mart!!!!!
Thank You! Cici's Pizza
The Albuquerque Balloon Festival - 2013
The Cost of Freedom You Enjoy
THe ELephan is in the China Closet Already
The Faith of the Kells, our example today-
The FUnction of Prayer
The Good News: Here!
The Great Commission: A Different View!
The Journey of a Thousand Miles........
The Lover and The BEloved
The Perfect Pain Pill
The Prize
The Same Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow
The Silence of Jesus Christ
The Slaughter of the Innocents: 2013
The Tree of Creation -
The True Purpose
The way He carries His cross: Me
This Should Make you cry
Time Alone With the Lover of Your Life
To Love as He has loved us-
To Serve Mankind
Tour Bus Christianity
True Forgiveness
True Readiness -- Chester Nimitz, Admiral US Navy
Unless We Abide
UNM Daily Lobo
Virgil Trucks, never forgotten
Walls
We give Him the thanks and glory.
What Do You See?
What do you value most?
What will He find
What Will You Do With Your Treasure
When will we ever learn?
Where Charity and Love Prevail ---
Where Do You Live?
Where Do You Stand?
Which is it? Do you pretend to be a sheep in His flock?
Who Are Our Friends
Who Was That Masked Man?
Why Military Professionals do NOT get the job
Why?
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Yet Another
Your Community - Where You Are At Any Moment!

Archives

July 2016
March 2016
January 2016
November 2015
September 2015
August 2015
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

Abbot Fr Chris's Blog

Sunday, just past

The sight of children bringing pennies, dimes and nickels from their piggy banks to put in the donation kettles this last Sunday was so touching.  It was a powerful experience.  Then there was the gentleman who was obviously homeless, who walked up dropped  dollar into the kettle and said, "You need to be here every day."  He repeated it adding, "I really mean it!"  He went into the store and returned a few minutes letter with a cold bottle of water.  That was the sweetest water I have ever had.  Then, a few minuets later a lady came up to ask what was the cause for which we were taking donations?  When I explained we are in the process of purchasing a property which will be renovated to house up to 15 homeless veterans as an assisted living facility her head jerked.  She said the veterans here in New Mexico need your help.  She went on to say she volunteers full-time at the VA hospital and had just come from there.  Then she got to the problem:  homeless veterans are being arrested for being 'junk in public', 'public intoxication' or any number of offenses which might come about as the result of being homeless and having a recognized medical condition:  alcoholism, a hereditary disease, as are all addictions. 
 
Addiction is more greatly influenced, or brought on, more so due to a genetic disorder than environmental issues.  All major Veterans Hospitals have an addiction treatment center, both inpatient and out patient, on-site with capable treatment teams.  It is deplorable that men and women who volunteered to stand in harm's way, on our behalf, at a time when the nation had a need.  We have a responsibility to respond to their needs. 
 
The Government of Canada has, for the past twenty years, place people with an addiction into a treatment program versus arrest and jail.  Their recidivism rate is drastically below that of the United States.   Upon successful completion of treatment the individual becomes a productive member of society.  There are other advantages such as law enforcement being freed up to focus on serious crimes and criminals.   Court case loads are reduced.
 
More importantly a man, or woman, who for reasons beyond their control is restored to the dignity they deserve as a result of their service to this nation.  We call on the various law enforcement agencies to develop a relationship with the Veterans hospital to work hand in hand with the judicial system so that individuals might be given, at the very least, a choice of treatment or jail.  To treat an individual as a criminal as a result of behavior brought about by a disease is horrible enough.  That the person so treated is also a veteran is beyond deplorable, it is anathema. 
 
 

0 Comments to Sunday, just past:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint