OF THE MISSION
Peace be with you.
My name is Paul Miller and I am a professed member of the secular Franciscan order and founder of the Franciscan Servants of Divine Mercy (FSDM) Movement. My mission, as ordained by God, is to advance an understanding of our role in God's plan of Divine Mercy and to spread love and mercy throughout the world.
OF THE MISSION
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Pray, my dear ones, pray. Let every breath be a prayer."
HOW TO LIVE OUR LIVES
THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
LORD, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O DIVINE MASTER, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
THE LESSON OF
RECOGNITION OF GOD IN ALL THINGS
"IF we want to change the world, we have to change how we love."
BROTHER PAUL October 4, 2020
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A GUIDE FOR 2021
Love Laugh Learn
THE SECRET OF A PEACEFUL LIFE
WE HAVE TO REACH OUT TO GOD with our love and acknowledge the fact that God loves us … it’s the secret of a peaceful life.
We also have to learn how to love each other in a better way. There have been many things that have happened in the last year that drove us apart in so many different ways.
We need to go back to loving each other, beginning with loving ourselves. Every time I turn around, I see someone who is depressed. Depression comes from the fact that people don’t love themselves and they don’t connect to God’s love. So, it’s very important for us to love ourselves.
Obviously, we need to love each other, people that are in our families, in our community, in our nation, and the world. We can’t forget that every person is sacred and precious to God, no matter who they are, no matter where they come from… we need to acknowledge that they’re precious in God’s eyes and they need to be precious to us.
We also need to learn to love God’s creation. We’ve done so many things to harm what God created in perfect balance. We need to turn back the clock and try to get back to acknowledging that we need God’s creation in order to live, and not only for ourselves, but for our children.
LAUGHTER COMES FROM JOY, right? And that joy starts with love. That joy comes from our love of God. So the more we love God, the more joy we will feel in our life, the more we won’t be weighed down by the challenges that we have in our life and all those things that seem to stop us from having a life of joy.
We need to learn to laugh. God is not this ogre in heaven saying, “Okay this one is going in the dustpan.” That’s not who God is. God is love and God is joy. So, we have to learn to not be overwhelmed by either seriousness or feeling a great weight. That’s not the way God created us to live. Whether you believe in the Garden of Eden or not, the image of being carefree is the way God wanted us to be and created us to be. So we need to learn to have that expression of joy through laughter and through our own inner feeling of happiness.
LEARN GOD'S WAYS
WE NEED TO LEARN ABOUT God's ways, how God does things. For most of us, the most difficult thing that we can’t learn, we seem to be unable to learn, is that God does everything in His own time. We want God to do things in our time, then when He doesn’t, we get upset. We get annoyed or we get angry or we get depressed. But that’s not how it works. God’s plan is perfect! And we need to learn that because once we learn that, peace will come over us, we won’t be worried. We will just say, “Okay, God will take care of this.”
You know the expression, “God is seldom early and never late.” You need to understand that. And if you really understand that, then you won’t worry. You won’t be concerned. You’ll know that God is going to do the best thing at the right time. We need to learn that, if for nothing else than to have peace within ourselves.
POPE FRANCIS WRITES
"Today’s world is largely a deaf world. At times, the frantic pace of the modern world prevents us from listening attentively to what another person is saying. Halfway through, we interrupt him or want to contradict what he has not even finished saying. We must not lose our ability to listen. Saint Francis heard the voice of God. He heard the voice of the poor. He heard the voice of the infirm and he heard the voice of nature. He made of them a way of life. My desire is that the seed that Saint Francis planted may grow in the hearts of many.”
FRATELLI TUTTI Pope Francis 2020
WE NEED TO
BROTHER PAUL COMMENTS
“Fratelli Tutti” which means we are all brothers and sisters is a wonderful letter about the relationship that we have with each other.
This idea about hearing… Many of you may know the hymn: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord. It’s a very haunting and beautiful hymn. Really, it’s about our being attentive and listening, listening to people’s needs, listening to nature’s needs, listening to what the world needs.
So much of what goes on right now in our society is us trying to talk over each other. If we’re going to be in consideration of each other, we have to listen to each other. And we have to listen to nature. Nature has given us so many signs of its destruction through our abuse, yet we continue to do the same things.
Pope Francis reminds us how Saint Francis was able to connect to ALL of God’s creation because he listened, how beautiful! We need to be listening to those, most especially, whom God puts in front of us. And every day we have that option.
May God give us the grace to listen, to listen to those things around us that we have the ability to be helpful towards, to love, and to come to assistance.
Brother Paul Z01102021
Rejoicing in Christ's Love
I had three recurrent early miscarriages and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome...Multiple fertility treatments [had failed]...I was blessed by Brother Paul on June 21, 2019...On July 20, I found out that I was pregnant without any medical intervention. For the first time, we heard a heartbeat at eight weeks...On March 20, 2020--[exactly] nine months after [Brother Paul's blessing]--I delivered a healthy baby boy.
My mom attended [Brother Paul's] healing service in Pittsburgh almost a year ago. She had been given two to four months to live after a week in the ICU and a shocking stage four cancer diagnosis. The healing service was her first outing after being released from the hospital two days earlier. Almost a year later, she is in remission and back to doing everything she loves (hiking, yoga, lifting, baking, dancing, knitting, the list goes on and on)...Thank you for giving us hope and faith.