" Have you ever seriously reflected what those words mean, a God to be made man, and to die for thee? "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Fr Provincial writes...

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4th June, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

Apologies for the late dispatch of this letter but May was an extremely busy month with EPC and OPC meetings, as well as a workshop I conducted in Nigeria. In addition I had a week of teaching here in Kinnoull and I was very fortunate to be able to preside at the funeral of Fr. Barrie O'Toole in the company of many confreres and four bishops as well as Barrie's family. A special word of thanks is due to the Bishop Eton community and their generous helpers who made it a very special occasion.

This month has also seen confreres moving to new communities, and we continue to pray that each one will settle and flourish in the new environment and be a blessing for the communities they are joining.

At present, the confreres in Zimbabwe are on retreat and Father Andrew Burns is preaching the retreat to the professed members of the Region. Please also remember in your prayers our deacon, Emerson Machepa, who is due to be ordained by Bishop Raymond on the 15th of June.

We have received reports on the novices due to be professed in July; and after our OPC deliberations we will communicate the date of the Professions in Harare. I thank the Novice Master and Socius, and also the other formators in Zimbabwe for their ministry.

This month is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and in a few days' time we will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. Both feasts were of course especially dear to Saint Alphonsus. I will attach his prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit which perhaps you can use on Pentecost Sunday.

In terms of the Sacred Heart, there is a little-known essay he wrote in 1775 entitled "Motives for Confidence in Divine Mercy" in which he says that the love of God for us is summed up and symbolised in his Sacred Heart.

You will also be aware that the Redemptorist feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the Thursday after the feast of the Sacred Heart. There is a very fine article on this devotion by Emerlindo Masone and Alphonso Amaranti which is accessible on our Province website. Fr. Richard posted it on 12th June 2013. It is well worth reading.

Please note that I shall be on holiday with Carole and Jimmy from 7th to 14th of July and so I would be grateful if anything urgent be communicated to the Vicar Provincial during these days. I hope other members the Province also have the opportunity for some rest.

I am aware of the Novenas leading up to the feast of o~r Mother of Perpetual Help and we welcome Fr. William Guri who is interrupting his final months of study for his doctorate to come to Clapham to preach the Nine Days Prayer.

We continue to remember the Ahearn family and especially Fr. Bev. after the death of his brother Reginald in Australia. We also remember our sick and elderly confreres.

Our students will also be moving off to take up summer work in a variety of situations. The OPC has asked Bro. Mike Taylor to accept an assignment to Clapham in September and to work principally in the Ace of Clubs since it is in a time of real transition at the moment. He will of course also work in the parish, and I am sure will be an asset there.

The EPC nominated a considerable number of people for the Secretariats for this quadrennium and Fr. Richard has written to those nominated. He awaits one or two replies and we hope to publish the list soon.

Birthdays this month: 2nd Frs. E. Hone, 15th P. Morris, 18th T. Molloy,

20th A. Zindonda and 21st G. Sidinga

With all good wishes for the forthcoming feasts.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

 

 

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler,

I adore you as my true God,

with God the Father and God the Son.

I adore you and unite myself to the adoration

you receive from the angels and saints.

I give you my heart

and I offer my ardent thanksgiving

for all the grace which you never cease to bestow on me.

o Giver of all supernatural gifts,

who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

Mother of God, with such immense favours,

I beg you to visit me with your grace

and your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear,

so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me

from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety,

so that I may serve you for the future with increased fervour,

follow with more promptness your holy inspirations,

and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge,

so that I may know the things of God and,

enlightened by your holy teaching, may walk,

without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude,

so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil,

and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel,

so that I may choose what is more conducive to my

spiritual advancement

and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding,

so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries

and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts

and affections from the vain things of this world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom,

so that I may rightly direct all my actions,

referring them to God as my last end;

so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life,

I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next. Amen