Message From the Director
Dear Friends of Our Lady of Angels Association,
The Church celebrated the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 11th. I share with you some of the reflections Pope Francis shared during the morning Mass on June 8, 2018 in the chapel at Santa Marta, Vatican City.
During the Mass marking this feast, Pope Francis remarked how it could be said that the festivity celebrates God’s love. “It is not us who first loved God,” it’s the other way around: “It is God who loved us first.” The Pope said the prophets used the symbol of the almond blossom to explain this reality highlighting the fact that the almond blossom is the first to bloom in the spring. God is like that: He is always first. He is the first to wait for us, the first to love us, the first to help us.”
Quoting the words of St. Paul, Francis continued: “It is a love that cannot be understood. A love that surpasses all knowledge. It surpasses everything. The love of God is so great: a poet described it as a bottomless sea without shores.” This is the love we must try to understand, the love that we receive.
Recalling the words of the prophet Hosea, he explained that God did not reveal His love through power but “by loving His people, teaching them to walk, taking them in His arms, caring for them.” “How does God manifest His love? With great works? No! He makes Himself smaller and smaller with gestures of tenderness and goodness. He approaches His children and with His closeness, He makes us understand the greatness of His love.”
Finally, Pope Francis said, God sent us His Son. “He sent Him in the flesh” and the Son “humbled Himself until death.” This, he said, is the mystery of God’s love: “the greatest greatness expressed in the smallest smallness. This, he said, allows us to understand Christianity.
Reflecting on what Jesus teaches us about what kind of attitude a Christian should have, he said it is all about “carrying on God’s own works in your own small way”: that is feeding the hungry, quenching the thirsty, visiting the sick and the prisoner. Works of mercy, he said, pave the path of love that Jesus teaches us in continuity with God’s great love for us! Pope Francis concluded: “we do not need a great discourse on love, but men and women “who know how to do these little things for Jesus.”
Devotedly in Our Lady of Angels,
Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.
Prayer to Saint Vincent To End the Coronavirus Pandemic
By: John Freund on Mar 31, 2020 / Around the Province
Father Jean Pierre Renouard, CM, a Vincentian scholar and researcher, composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, asking for the intercession of our patron to eliminate this epidemic that is invading the world.
PRAYER TO ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
O Saint Vincent de Paul, our father and model,
throughout your life you wished
to imitate Jesus, the missionary and servant.
In your time, you confronted
the plague, the illness of the people.
Intercede now with the Holy Trinity
on behalf of all the nations on earth visited by the modern scourge.
Help the bodies and hearts of all victims.
Strengthen caregivers, be close to all neighbors, and enlighten researchers.
Walk with those approaching the portals of death.
As you gave strong and ardent advice to struggle against evil,
so now come to our aid!
Teach us how to expose our lives for the weakest among us,
and strengthen us to help them better
in fearless perseverance.
With the sole desire of aiding them in their needs,
open our spirits to God’s infinite providence.
Let us endow it with his total will for action.
Inspire in us, also, obedience to our leaders,
as we now place ourselves in your hands,
confident and fortified with genuine feelings of dedication and zeal
for our sisters and brothers.
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