" The Infant Jesus, far from being sorrowful at this proposal, is pleased at it, accepts it with love, and exults in it! "
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Fr General writes 16/xii/12...


Rome, Italy

December 16, 2012


Dear Confreres, Sisters and friends,

As you receive this December edition of Scala, we are more than halfway through Advent and about to begin the Novena for Christmas. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect with you on the meaning of this season. For St. Alphonsus, the Incarnation that we celebrate at Christmas is the first ‘Mystery of Redemption’. During the Season of Advent, and especially during the Novena, we wait in joyful hope, praying that God will increase our appetite for the great feast to come.

For Alphonsus, the Incarnation is a celebration and affirmation of life. He writes, “Justly does the Apostle call Jesus Christ our life. Behold our Redeemer, clothed with flesh becomes an Infant, and he says to us: ‘I have come that you may have life’.” We celebrate this life in our families and in our parishes. The bright lights and decorations, the hymns we sing, the joy of our liturgies, and the welcome we share with others – all these are signs of the life God shares with us. Alphonsus continues: “From the first moment of the Incarnation, Jesus embraced our redemption with enthusiasm. He rejoices like a stag to run his course, and he comes leaping over the mountains and skipping over the hills.”

And why such joy? Alphonsus writes that God became human so that he might converse with us as a friend. He longs that we converse with him, and that we find him in the manger - that we recognize him in the world among the poor and the abandoned – and that we welcome him and all those he brings with him. It is a mystery of friendship.

May you experience all the joy and blessings of Christmas! May the mystery of the Incarnation draw you more deeply into the mystery of friendship with Jesus the Redeemer as well as communion with the least of his brothers and sisters. I wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

In Jesus our Redeemer,

Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.

Superior General


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Home...South Africa...Home...

With great joy the London Province welcomes Fr Martin Gay C.Ss.R.,

back home after years working in the Vice-Province and the Province of South Africa.


Pic: Fr. Martin Gay C.Ss.R.



From earlier this year (2012) he has been working in the General Government

in Rome as Vice Economo Generale.

Below you find a short biography!

2nd Sunday of Advent C...


Christ is the joy we await.

God will bring to completion in us the work he has begun in us.

Our love for one another will help us to be blameless when Christ comes again.

Our lives on earth are a preparation for the day when the Lord comes,

and so we can be full of joy and expectancy.

Your Sunday Missal


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception...


Today (8th Dec) the Congregation celebrates this wonderful feast and Our Blessed Lady as our Patroness.

We wish all the confreres a very happy feast day, wherever in the world they may be.

United in prayer!


Prayer by St Alphonsus


Most holy Virgin Immaculate,
my Mother Mary,
to you who are the Mother of my Lord,
the Queen of the Universe,
the Advocate,
the hope,
the refuge of sinners,
I who am the most miserable of all sinners,
have recourse this day.
I venerate you,
great queen,
and I thank you for the many graces
you have bestowed upon me
even unto this day;

Pius IX, Perpetual Succour and C.Ss.R....

On this day, 4th of December, 1865, Pope Pius IX entrusted the

Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Help)

to the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers.

This Icon is much loved within our Congregation and the confreres devote

time, prayer and energy in promoting Our Mother under this special title. 






If you would like a prayer intention placed before the Icon

and prayed for twice a day by our community then please go here  -link  to  be  added.


Presently we receive prayer intention from all around the world.


Our Mother of Perpetual Succour

Pray for us.

Advent Conspiracy 2012...



Live Advent well this year...

First Sunday of Advent 2012...


"Your liberation is near at hand.

We have no reason to fear the second coming of Christ if we allow God to teach us how to grow in holiness.

We ask God to help us to love one another with generosity and integrity. 

In this way we can hold our heads high and have the strength to survive all that will happen in our lives;

and so when the time comes we will be able to stand with confidence before God and his saints."

Your Sunday Missal p.33

December C.Ss.R., Virtue and Prayer Intention...



To find out more, click here...

St Andrew - National Patron...

We wish a happy feast day to

all the confreres,

family members,




and all who wish us well!


Praying for the Dead...

There are a few days left in November to pray particularly for our dead.

Here is a picture of one of our communities after they had celebrated the Mass for the Dead.



Departed Confreres and Sisters,
Parents and brothers and sisters and other family members
co workers 
all those we have ministered to...


Requiescant in pace...