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Order of Malta Moment

April 25, 2013

The Christian Paradox of the Beauty of Suffering

Before his death in 1983 due to lymphoma, the saintly Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, gave us an incredible insight into the beauty of suffering and death, when he wrote that human life, God’s precious gift, is no less beautiful when it is accompanied by sickness or suffering, disease or illness, hunger or poverty, mental or physical handicaps, loneliness or old age. Indeed, at these times, he wrote, life takes on extra splendor, as it reveals God’s power shining through our human weakness. “It is in and through the weakest of human vessels that God continues to reveal the power of His love.” All of us know the experience of suffering in its many forms, or we have come very close to that reality through the experience of family and friends and those for whom we care. These are privileged moments which invite us as individuals and as a community of faith to enter into a mystery which is a paradox, namely, that suffering and death are actually something beautiful. The question naturally arises, “How can that be?” or a natural response, “That doesn’t make any sense!” While space here doesn’t permit us to tackle the classic philosophical “Problem of Evil,” I propose that we can draw strength and confidence from our Faith in light of our divine Lord’s experience when we care for the sick and poor as members of the Order of Malta. Click here to read more -

Grant Applications - due May 13

Little more than two weeks remain for submitting a Grants application to the Grants Committee for projects serving the poor and the sick. Knights and Dames who actively participate in such programs may apply for grants that conform to the Guidelines listed in the members' section of the Federal Association's website.

Further guidance and a copy of the electronic form are available by calling the Hospitaller Programs Administrator, Leif Carlson, at 202-331-2494 or emailing him. Click here to read more -

Order of Malta’s Pilgrimages to Lourdes: a topic at University of Chicago Conference, May 28-30

Order of Malta members will conduct a panel on “Spiritual and Medical Dimensions of Care on Pilgrimages to Lourdes at the annual conference of the Institute for Religion and Medicine of the University of Chicago on May 28-30. The theme for this year’s conference will be: What Does It Mean to Care? – Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today. Click here to read more -

Lourdes Merchandise

The “Lourdes Merchandise Team” sells items throughout the week in Lourdes, and the proceeds go directly to the Lourdes Committee budget to help defray the cost of bringing malades and companions who are not able to pay for the pilgrimage. Two years in a row this effort has resulted in a contribution of over $10,000 to the pilgrimage. Click here to read more -

 

Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland, D.D.

Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland, D.D. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his ordination as a Bishop on May 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, MO. Bishop Boland is the Chaplain of the Kansas City Chapter of the Order of Malta, and will deliver the homily at his Anniversary Mass. Click here to read more -

 

Upcoming Events:

May 3 - Kansas City - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland, D.D. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his ordination. Contact - Georgia Lynch
May 5 - Kansas City - Chapter Cocktail Reception to celebrate with Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland, D.D. Contact - Georgia Lynch
May 11 - Syracuse - Pancake Breakfast - Assumption Parish Center - Volunteers arrive at 7:30 AM. Contact - John Clark
June 5 Pittsburgh - St. John the Baptist Annual Mass and Dinner - with Bishop David Zubik. Mass - The Oratory, 6:30 PM. Dinner - Pittsburgh Golf Club following Mass. Contact - Dan McGrogan or Ph. 412-496-4626
June 7 Syracuse - First Friday Mass - Breakfast and Speaker - 7:00 AM. Contact - Pat Fallon
June 14- Houston - Summer Series Part I (Membership in the Order, Regulations and Commentary)- 6:00 PM - Sandvig home. Fr. Brendan Cahill will lead the discussion followed by dinner. For more information Contact - Doug Sandvig
June 21 – Hartford – Federal Association’s “primary observance” of the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Mass – Cathedral of St. Joseph with Auxiliary Bishop Christie Macaluso as the celebrant and Fr. Douglas Mosey, Magistral Chaplain from Hartford, as the homilist. There will be dinner after Mass at the Town and County Club.
June 21- Houston - Feast of St. John the Baptist - Mass celebrated by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo - 6:00 PM at the Chapel of St. Mary Seminary on Memorial Drive. Dinner will follow at Lakeside County Club. For more information Contact - Doug Sandvig
June 21 - Syracuse - Annual Day of Retreat - Christ the King Retreat House - 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, followed by June Dinner Meeting. Contact - Jim Cirincione
June 22 - Mass for the Disabled and Caregivers -5:00PM, St. Judes, Allen -Texas. The Most Rev. John D. Deshotel, Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas, will be the celebrant. Contact - Kip Rolland
July 12 - Houston - Summer Series Part III (Rules and Regulations of the Order)- 6:00 PM - Hewitt home. Fra James-Michael Von Stroebel will lead the discussion followed by dinner. For more information Contact - Les Hewitt
July 19-20 – Emmitsburg, MD - Lourdes Reunion - ALL former pilgrims invited. Mt. St. Mary’s University
August 9- Houston - Summer Series Part III (Second Class of the Order)- 6:00 PM - Belton home. Fra Tom Mulligan will lead the discussion followed by dinner. For more information Contact - Elisabeth Belton
October 18 – 19 - Wash DC - Investiture Weekend
November 1-3 Annual Retreat - St. Vincent's Archabbey with Fr. Justin Matro, See brochure for information, or Contact - Dan McGrogan or Ph. 412-496-4626