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Fr Provincial writes 30th April 2019...


30th April 2019,

Dear Confreres and friends,

All good wishes for the month of May. When I look back over my letters for this month dedicated to Mary, I see quotations from Alphonsus, Augustine, Newman, Ephraim, Mother Teresa and Popes Benedict and Francis. Let me offer another from the Holy Father for this month - again from Evangelii Guadium (No. 285):

"At the foot of the cross, at the supreme hour of the new creation, Christ led us to Mary. He brought us to her because he did not want us to journey without a mother; and our people read in this maternal image all the mysteries of the gospel. The Lord did not want to leave the Church without this icon of womanhood."

I have another wonderful excerpt from Fr. Hans Urs von Balthaser in his book: "To the Heart of the Mystery of Redemption". I find this quite touching and very, very apposite for the times in which we are living. It is taken from the chapter, 'Mary and the Church in the Redemption,' and you will find it in the fourth section.

"Let us not forget, in the midst of everything, this humility of Mary - respexit humilitatem ancillae - that must be perfected by ever-renewed humiliations. The Church will do her redemptive work in these times, only if she agrees to be humiliated and to experience her humiliations in a Christian spirit. It is not a matter only of enduring a setback and of compensating from the bitterness of it by starting up new utopian programmes for the transformation of social bodies and for solidarity with the impoverished masses of the Third World. We are not permitted to cushion the shock of humiliations; rather, more courage is necessary in order to submit to the blows and the wounds, and thus to transform them into a new potential for love".

How very prophetic, how encouraging in the midst of our present ecclesial and social situation, and how truly beautiful!

Life has been incredibly busy, and I am sure it is the same for most of you. We are now in the month of the moves, and I appreciate that this is a most challenging time for all the communities involved. I often quote the old Chinese curse: "May you be born in a time of transition!" It will certainly be a time of mixed blessings - especially for those moving community.

I have written to all of the Ordinaries involved, and they are all aware and content with the moves. I now need to submit all the documentation in terms of safeguarding issues, so that everybody gets faculties in their new places.

The EPC will meet in Kinnoull this month. Among the items we hope to review are the documents we have received from Rome, the Provincial Chapter statement, and the creation of some Secretariats.

As indicated previously, after the summer, each reconstituted community should begin working on the Plan of Community Life. The updated direction from the General Government is being printed in Ireland, and together with the Dublin Province, we will be distributing copies to each confrere. If necessary, I am happy to give a direction to any community in terms of facilitation.

Please continue to pray for our sick and elderly confreres.

Birthdays this month:

7th Fr Denis McBride, 8th Fr V. Bushu, 8th Br O. Madzonganyika


With prayers and best wishes.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J McAinsh CSsR

Provincial Superior