"Young Religious ought to enter blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus" - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for Rome

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gift and Mystery

"I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest.  Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question.  Let me try briefly to reply.  I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely.  For it remains a mystery, even to myself.  How does one explain the ways of God?  Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!'  There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own.  Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.

And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood.  Nothing means more to me or gives me greater joy that to celebrate Mass each day and to serve God's people in the Church.  That has been true ever since the day of my ordination as a priest.  Nothing has ever changed this, not even becoming Pope."  (Bl. John Paul II, Sept. 14, 1987)
Fr. Don Kline giving a talk to young adults in early 2012

On June 2, 2012, here in Phoenix, Deacon Dan Vanyo will be ordained a Priest.  And in Birmingham AL, two of our MFVA Friars, Deacon Leonard and Deacon Patrick, will be ordained Priests.  Tis the season of ordinations, tis the season of grace!  May the Lord pour out abundant graces on each of them.

Let us remember all those men who will be ordained to the Priesthood over the course of the next month.  Let us remember, with gratitude, all the priests who celebrate anniversaries of ordination during this time.  Perhaps they, like JPII, will look back and say: "This call remains a mystery, even to myself." 

Finally, let us remember all those young men who are discerning their vocation and feel that the Lord may be calling them the priesthood.  Let us ask the Lord to 'convince' them of their vocation, and should that be the priesthood, to give them courage to follow Him with courage and humility of heart.

"The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus!  No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord!  Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!" (Bl. John Paul II, October 13, 1979)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bring Flowers of the Rarest, Bring Blossoms the Fairest

 “Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed
to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.”
-St. Pio

After Mass on Sunday, May 13th, we had our first May Crowning in the new Chapel.  It was a simply wonderful event to Honor our Mother Mary.  About 25 children participated in the procession, bringing flowers to Our Lady.  We then prayed the Litany of Loreto and made the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Fr. Billy Kosco, in his talk after the Crowning, spoke of the children's game "Mother May I?"  The dialogue that goes on between the 'Mother' and the other players: "Mother, may I take a step forward?"  Then the Mother says yes or no.  He compared this to Our Lady, when we approach to ask her if we can take steps toward her. She always says YES.  And she says that we can run to her, as fast as we can.  She never stops us from coming to her.  And she then leads us to her Son!

Let us approach Our Mother with the confidence of a trusting child!  With what remains of this month of May, let us strive to honor Our Lady by bringing her 'flowers' every day.  The rose of our patience.  The baby's breath of our kind words.  The daisy of our simple joy.  The wild flower of our freedom.  The lily of our love.  The carnation of our peaceful surrender.  And the violet of our humility.  She will 'arrange' these flowers and present them to her Son as a fitting bouquet!
(A great big thank you to the Ladies of Solitude for all their help with the May Crowning and for providing the reception afterwards!)

Gotta love the impish look on Sr. Marie St. Paul's face ;)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Our Lady's Psalter

(photo taken at our Communal Retreat, given by Fr. Marco, in August 2011)
Our Community has been blessed to count Fr. Marco Testa - a wonderful Canadian priest and scholar, as a dear friend for over 15 years.

He recently published a book in anticipation of the upcoming Year of Faith - which begins in October.

We hope you enjoy this devotional!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St. Joseph the Worker


St. Joseph did not hesitate to surrender to God's call, which is always a risk and a leap forward to a promise not fully known, requiring a courage perhaps not easily felt.  In his hidden life in Nazareth, St. Joseph lived the most privileged intimacy with God.    (from Fr. Donald Haggerty)

Seven years ago today, under the protection and patronage of St. Joseph, we departed from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama and headed West to begin this foundation in the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Great St. Joseph has been with us from the get-go and has not left our side - like a good father, he protects, guides and intercedes for us in our big needs and our little needs. There isn’t a statue of St. Joseph (save for the one in the public Chapel), whose hands are not filled (literally) with all of our petitions.

St. Joseph teaches us how to surrender to God’s call, how to risk, dare, leap, hope, and trust. He teaches us how to live an hidden and humble life, consumed with the manual labor of ordinary daily tasks and deep intimacy with Jesus, accompanied by Our Lady.

I believe that it would please Mary greatly that the first day of May, the month dedicated to her honor, is spent praising her husband, St. Joseph.

Speaking of Mary, on Sunday, May 13th, we will have a May Crowning after Mass (Fr. Billy Kosco will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m.). We invite young girls between the ages of 5-12, to join the May Crowning Procession. Parents, if you have any girls interested in participating, please email us at vocations@desertnuns.com for more details.