|Spring 2008 continued...||
"The word of God...becomes like a fire burning
in my heart..."
was a love of God that was indescribable in its intensity, alive and
glowing, that caused Gaetano Errico to never falter in following the
lead of the Holy Spirit, no matter the struggle, no matter the
consequences. He carried
within his own heart and mind the images of the Hearts of Jesus and
his mother. He knew without
doubt that the compassionate love they offered to all God's children
needed to be presented to people everywhere, especially those who
were the most abandoned of the world, whether it be a physical or
spiritual abandonment. This
formed the basis of his mission, for himself, for his priesthood,
and ultimately the religious congregation he founded, the
Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
To strive to make known this
love to all and to lead the faithful to return this most passionate
love to Jesus and Mary became his sole driving force.
by day, city to city, village to village, among both the poorest and
those of high esteem, he saw the hunger each possessed to know that
sin was forgiven, that God's mercy was infinite and that they were
souls found a merciful listener, the embodiment of God's promise of
peace and renewal, in Fr. Gaetano.
found his own encouragement on his knees in prayer . . . indeed it
was prayer and the hours he spent in adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament that strengthened and renewed him and kept the fire of his
love for God ever burning.
. . . to toil to the loss of everything, not excluding life if
necessary, to make known to all people the most ardent love of the
Sacred Hearts and to kindle this holy and divine love in the hearts