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New Pentecost

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire"  
                              --St Catherine of Siena

These words essentially capture the experience of the disciples of Jesus on Pentecost when the spirit of God came to rest on them as "tongues of fire" and they readily began proclaiming and witnessing to Jesus eloquently, passionately, and courageously.  The disciples carried out the mandate of Jesus, to "go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature."  (Mark 16:15).  Yes indeed the disciples 'set the world on fire' with God's love, compassion, mercy, peace and justice.  They left the familiar shores and entered often unfamiliar territories and announced the Good News that in Jesus we have a savior and redeemer.  


Thanks to their witnessing and martyrdom, the Church is alive in every corner of the world and Christ is received in hearts and homes with ever growing courage.  Many followers of Christ are facing persecution today, and endure martyrdom for Christ.  These are challenging times and yet a time of tremendous outpouring of Spirit that empowers the heroic witnesses to lay down their lives for Christ.


Here at the Shrine we welcome pilgrims from all corners of the world during these Spring and Summer months.  Mary at La Salette reminded us "to make this known to all my people," of God's enduring love, mercy and justice.  Pilgrims from India, Philippines, Vietnam, Spanish speaking countries, French speaking countries, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, etc. gather here at the Shrine to share their faith and celebrate God's love and Mary's powerful intervention in their lives.  We invite you to come and celebrate the unity, diversity and universality of the Church in these pilgrimages.


May the Spirit that empowered the early Christians continue to inspire and lead us to live our lives in Christ, for Christ and with Christ.  May the powerful intercession of Mary help us to "make the Good News known to all her people."


I thank you all for your support and encouragement during my term as interim Shrine Director.  I will continue to be part of the Shrine program team and Director of the Retreat Center as well.
                                                         - Fr. Cyriac

 
 Lent 2015
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