Padre GeneraleHoly Week & Easter Message of Fr. General...
Peace and Health! Blessed Easter to all! During this extraordinary year of our Lenten and Easter celebration, with so much time to reflect and question the quality of life, we are directed towards a common realization: Appreciation for
the simple life and what we already have. Life seemed simpler and uncomplicated and each of our lives are filled with joy, we just have to choose to be happy every day. At the end of the day, we realize that we don’t need a lot of things to be happy.
This situation reminded me of the Scripture passage from Matthew 16: 26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his souls?” What is the use of all the other things that we do when we are just locked down within the corners of our home? What can our accomplishments mean now? What is the meaning of life without functions? What is the meaning of money when you can’t buy anything because your most favorite stores are closed? What is the meaning of having all these expensive cars, when we are all ordered to stay home and can’t go anywhere? Fame, power, and money clearly have no place in this pandemic. It In our frail humanity we are often defeated with fear, uncertainties and anxieties.
This virus does not discriminate it doesn’t care if you are strong, it doesn’t care who you are connected with, it doesn’t care who you are; Period. Even the most powerful nations such as the Americas, European Union, Japan, China and others seemed to be crippled. Government agencies command the people to stay home. This command seemed trifling most especially when you’re in the middle of your busy life. The world seemed to reset because of the limited human activities. With the absence of foot and vehicle traffic, the whole world heals just
as the people heal and make their houses a HOME.
In our homes we re-discover again the companions in our ministry. We heal just by the consolation that we are never alone in this crisis. A simple message and call just to check how each one of us is feeling make things bearable and a bit less scary. This quarantine may be the worst, but it may also be the best Lenten experience we could ever have. If God can re-write the scripture, He can call it The Parable of the Prodigal Children. When we once again come back home after we have rediscover how we have gone far away from the
love, security,and the mansion of our heavenly Father who loves us. With the limited things that
we have to do, and limited places to go, we have developed a deeper relationship with God. We
all kneel to pray. We bend our knees not to surrender, but to show our dependency to our allpowerful
father, God. In the face of this full-blown adversity and crisis, it is only God who can
calm the storms in our live. God will never turn His back on us, but let us choose either to walk
with him through our faith or turn a deaf ear to his calls. A God who stand right by the door waiting
and with hands fully extended ready to welcome and embrace us back to his kingdom.
Brothers, I thank you for being strong in times of this great plague. We are standing still because
we are holding the greatest treasure of our religious commitment to God and to our family. We
have lost a member during this time, our very esteemed Fr. Joseph LaRosa,who died not of the
virus,but of some complication that resulted in cardiac arrest. We all have many chances to pray
and celebrate as one family for the repose of his soul. Those who are very close to
him expressed their great memories and how generously he lived his life for God, the Church and
the Order. May his humble example also help us to live our lives as truly Clerics Regular Minor
who are called by God.
I greet you all a Blessed Season of Holy week. Although it may not be as it was, this experience
changes the world. I hope and pray that it will change more our hearts to be closer to God and one
I also want to greet you in advance a blessed Easter. May the discovery of the new Light in our
life be the new face of the Rising Christ in our path. May we never stumble from the error of sin,
but be ignited in love with the fire of God’s mercy. May this new energy of fire coming from the
mercy of God warm our cold hearts and keep our community united in spirit and ever strength of
what our Charism is all about in the new dawn of hope in the resurrection.
I bless you and wherever you are at this time, please give the spiritual hugs and
warmth of my Easter greetings to all. To my dear sick brothers, I offer you my prayers of courage
and healing. To my dear seminarians, I offer you greetings of encouragement and closeness. To
those who may be feeling distant and alienated, I offer my blessings of closeness
and a warm embrace. To those I may have hurt due to my limitations and humanity, I offer my
apologies and my humble request for forgiveness. To all of the people we serve, I offer my special
thanks for their prayers and trust. For all of us, may the proclamation of this Easter not only resound
in our words but above all with the opening of our hearts to God! Ad Maiorem
Resurgentis Gloriam…..to the Greater Glory of the rising Christ within us!