very joyous occasions are reported in this newsletter, the perpetual
profession of vows and the ordination to the Diaconate of Bro. Peter
DiTomasso. The profession ceremony was a poignant moment for me, and I
would say for all our members, to recall our own final commitment to the
religious life. Although a solemn moment, it is also a very peaceful
experience to place yourself in Godís hands and at His complete service.
With trust in His will, the weight of the bonds of the earth and its
demands falls away and we are left open to obeying what God has planned
for us. Like all those who make a life changing commitment whether
religious or lay, fortitude and endurance are needed to honor the vows.
In our congregation, the additional vow of perseverance is taken Our
Founder knew that this vow is often the most difficult and his life
exemplified perseverance at every turn. In our world today,
perseverance is becoming rare. The fast easy way is the norm very
often. It is only through Godís grace that we can hold to our vows and
commitments, whatever they may be. We of faith know we canít achieve it
aloneÖwe need the gifts of the Holy Spirit to endure. Please join me in
praying for Bro. Peter for the gift of perseverance and Godís blessings
on his life as a servant of God.
May the peace
and love of Christ fill your hearts,
Father Bob McDade, M.SS.CC.