We Stand for the Gospel Values!
Peace of Christ to all!
I recall the Blessed John Paul's message to the youth, during world youth day in Colorado, he stated that we must feel the "urgency of the task" in opposing the culture of death that dawns upon us today:
"At this stage of history, the liberating message of the Gospel of life has been put into your hands. And the mission of proclaiming it to the ends of the earth is now passing to your generation. Like the great apostle Paul, you too must feel the full urgency of the task: "Woe to me if I do not evangelize" (1 Cor. 9:16). Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life."
In keeping with this line of thought that is so well rooted in the Gospel, I cannot help but think of the Constitutions of the Adorno Fathers. One notable article state: The humble presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and his action of washing the feet of his disciples, are for us particular motive for dedicating ourselves to the poor, the sick, the suffering and the marginalized of all kinds, for their complete human and Christian promotion. (Constitutions: Chapter 5: 89. (84))
Along with the many sufferings of our people from immigrations to issues of life, poverty, sexual abuse and violence, we as Clerics Regular Minor, it is necessary that we take a stand along with our people to oppose this evil and strive to become bearers of peace. In imitation of Christ, this necessarily indicates our duty to place Christ at the center of our lives as the source of our everyday motivation. One of the ways that this motivation becomes real is for us to take a stand against the many evils that inflict us today. We stand to speak against the enemies of the Gospel such as these aforementioned and stand by the moral and social teachings of the Mother Church. Such a stand is demanded of us by the Gospel and in virtue of our religious consecration. In a poignant way, we are all called and encouraged to reach out to the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, the suffering, and the sick, and to all those who are marginalized and in need of Christ’s saving love. It is a sacrilege to remain in silence in the midst of the many evils that inflict us today.
Our presence, in the name of Christ, should foster World Peace to those who would rather build divisions and weapons of destruction. We are called to stand against human trafficking, to help those who are exploited, to be a source of hope to the refugee, the immigrant, and those seeking a better life. We are called to rally for the protection of the unborn, of the elderly and of those who suffer through loneliness and rejection. We are called to foster healthy and holy families. The Spirit of the Gospel must never fail in the life of the Cleric Regular Minor.
As Adorno Fathers and Brothers, we pray that the hearts of the faithful will not be lukewarm but rather strengthened and sensitized so as to always radiate God’s truth. All things are to be made new! We joined you during these moments of difficulties and stand by you in prayer and encouragement through the words of the Gospel by not being afraid to proclaim the Gospel.
May I request to all the houses of our Order to recite faithfully the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of your mass to pray for the defeat of the power of the evil one.
My blessings and prayers are always with you my friends, pray for us as we continue to inspire you with our works and prayers. St. Francis Caraccciolo, pray for us!