The affirmation uttered by our dear founder St. Vincent Pallotti while on his death bed "The Congregation will grow and will be blessed by God” is justfied in many ways because he was convinced of that! Our Congregation has been blessed all the time by new vocations, and here is our testimony; on the 20th October, with great joy and thanksgiving to God and to our founder St. Vincent Pallotti, we received in the International Novitiate community eleven Postulants.
Philippians 1:1-11; Luke 14:1-6
Today I’d like to reflect on this beautiful letter to Paul, Timothy and “… to all the holy ones in Jesus Christ who are in Philippi…” I can imagine this letter being written to us…today…wherever we find ourselves. It is a message to all of us who are trying to live faithful lives in response to the Gospel message.
Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 13:31-35
Let’s get ready for battle against the Evil One. Our reading for today, Ephesians 6:10-20, is a good guide on how to protect ourselves from evil, and is one of my most favorite Bible passages. It is one of those passages where if I close my eyes I can envision what this looks like.
“…So stand fast with your loins girded in TRUTH, clothed with RIGHTEOUSNESS AS A BREASTPLATE, and your feet shod in READINESS FOR THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.. In ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, hold FAITH AS A SHIELD, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the HELMET OF SALVATION and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-19
None of us is comfortable with feeling alienated from or left out of any group to which we belong. We are social beings and we crave human companionship. We need to feel that we belong, that we are part of the group. And so we need to be accepted, to hear others tell us and show us that we belong. In other words, we need reassurance. This is especially true of our relationship to almighty God. We need to know that we belong to God's family, that we are his friends, and that he loves us. We need the kind of reassurance that Paul gives to the people of Ephesus in today's scripture reading. We sometimes feel like strangers when we approach God. The Ephesians did too. We sometimes feel guilty and alienated from God. The Ephesians did too.
Chapters 11-13 of Luke’s Gospel highlight the growing opposition to the person of Jesus. The charge of healing by the power of Beelzebul, non-observance of prescribed washings, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, are just some of the examples of the opposition encountered. Nonetheless, the reign of God, namely, God’s presence and working, continued to grow in the lives of the disciples.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - pray for us
The events of the current year related to the Covid-19 virus, as predicted by experts, are gaining momentum again. Sickness, lack of good health, deprivation and fear for the future are experiences of almost all people, because they affect each of us in one way or another. Today, when the pandemic is developing rapidly again, and many - often contradictory - comments and opinions multiply, we are also looking for understanding and sense of what is happening. From the human point of view, it seems as if everything that the present time brings is locked within the prevailing virus...
▪ The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. This year it was celebrated on 27 September 2020. In his message titled "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee" the Holy Father emphasizes the listening, understanding, serving, growing, and cooperating. He also invited all Christians to pray for the migrants as they face many challenges.
Yes, people should keep the Sabbath holy. Yes, people should get a day off. But people should also do what’s right, and that doesn’t always involve just following the rules. In the first reading, we are told that we are not to live by the flesh, but by God. We are about following God’s rules, not necessarily man’s laws. And yes, keeping the Sabbath holy is one of God’s laws, but there’s a bigger picture to it. And it’s more about doing the right thing than about following the letter of the law.
Every vocation is a precious gift entrusted to us by God - out of this awareness comes joy and a great responsibility. Sr. Josephina D'Souza, General Formation Coordinator, had invited to an international Formation Zoom Meeting. On Tuesday and Wednesday, our entire General Administration, Sisters in charge of formation in their Provinces and Regions, some members of the International Formation Commission and some Provincial and Regional Superiors met online.