Help For Families in Crisis
World Meeting of Families 2015
Back in 2015, Pope Francis came to the U.S. and made a special stop in Philadelphia. This was a monumental event not only for the United States but for the city of Philadelphia. The Mercedarian Religious Order attended the event and the Mass by the Holy Father.
After the event concluded, some of the friars felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit. That nudge was a question to them regarding what they as friars could do as an Order to help families. With that, they decide to vote together with all the other priests and brothers of the Order in the U.S. about starting a foundation. It was between two areas, either: Families in Crisis or Outreach to those Affected by Human Trafficking. The votes were cast and decided, they would create a foundation with special emphasis toward Families in Crisis. Since 2015, that is exactly what they did.
With the feast day of St. Faustina and Our Lady of the Rosary going on, it seems appropriate to think about the Rosary and Divine Mercy. For people from broken families and families in crisis, the Rosary and Divine Mercy have special importance as opportunities for facilitating conversion and reconciliation, as well as peace, among families and marriages.
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day serve as helpful reminders of the need to aspire towards perfection and union with God. We see souls at various stages. On one hand, we see souls who have attained perfection and are in Heaven. On another hand, we see souls going through purification – the Holy Souls in Purgatory and ourselves. We see what we are aspiring to in the Saints, and we see the need to aspire towards perfection now in the Holy Souls. In addition we see that we should pray for the Holy Souls, and perhaps in a mirror-like fashion, we see that we need to pray for others who are alive now to help them to reach Heaven and sanctity.
St. Therese and her family, the Martin family, provide food for thought regarding the interior life and how it can develop within marriages and families. St. Therese’s formation allows us to reflect on how children should be raised to practice and understand the interior life. At the same time, her parents provide an example for living devoutly in the laity. St. Therese’s experience, furthermore, shows the interior life at a more advanced stage, and we see her development from the prayer of a child to the prayer of a spiritual child, aided by her family.
Mental illness and related issues might come up in the lives of broken families and families in crisis, so it seems helpful to talk about prayer and mental illness. How should somebody suffering from mental illness approach prayer?
When family crisis strikes, it can be challenging to navigate the proper steps to overcome a trauma which can be devastating to members of the family. As Catholics and as people of faith, we are not immune to adversities that can impact family life. Addiction, family break-up, sickness, accidents, relationship issues, dealing with extended family members, and many other causes challenge the unit to undergo tremendous stress. This article offers ten ways to deal with crisis when it happens especially for Catholics who rely on God to help them through the tragedies of life.
Here is an article about our saint, St. Raymond Nononatus:
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The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith is happy to announce our new website focusing on four areas of ministry that we offer to families in crisis. Our website is Nonnatus.org, so be sure to go to our site to learn about the great things we are doing to help families in crisis.
The first facet to what we offer to help families in crisis is prayer. We were formed through a religious order, the Mercedarians founded in the year 1218 in Barcelona, Spain through St. Peter Nolasco. When you send us a prayer intention, you can be sure that we will be praying for you and your family. Simply click this link below to send us a prayer request:
Prayer Intention for St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
Our Mercedarian friars are here for you, and our Spiritual Moderator Fr. Ken Breen is available for free one-hour consultations. Whatever your situation may be, Father will take the time to listen and to guide you in the ways you are looking for help. He has talked to many people who are struggling especially people who are going through crisis or trauma. Click below to make an appointment to reach out via email to our director.
Appointment for Pastoral Consultation
Our Philly Nonnatus YouTube channel offers a variey of podcasts and videos for families affected by divorce and families in crisis. Be sure to subscribe below to our YouTube channel for updates on our new podcasts and series!
Philly Nonnatus YouTube Channel
Programs and Events
The foundation is now offering in-person and virtual events! Keep an eye on our Programs and Events page at Nonnatus.org. We have been in existence since 2015, and we continue to grow and find news ways to make outreach to those who need our help and our prayers. Check out our programs and events page by clicking below.
Programs and Events
Anne DeSantis, our Director, is here for you too and she would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out via email to learn more about SRNF. Click here to email Anne. You are in our prayers and the Church cares. God bless!
Vanessa Chastain is a friend of SRNF and a frequent Catholic blogger. Read all her inspiring posts HERE: Vanessa Chastain's Blog Post