" My Jesus, I will love only You; You are the only one I wish to please. "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
  • main
  • main2
  • main3
  • main4
  • main5
  • main6
  • main7
  • main8
  • main9
  • main12
  • main14
  • main15
  • main16
  • main17
  • main19
  • main20
  • vocations7
  • CSsR Voc Pic

Dear Confreres and Friends,

As Easter approaches, may I on behalf of the Ordinary Provincial Council (OPC), offer you our best wishes for a joyful celebration of this special time in the Church’s year. We very much look forward to meeting many of you at the Province Meeting which commences on Easter Monday evening.

 I am conscious that there is an especially heavy cloud over the Church in these days. I recall just over two years ago, I preached a homily on the day I was elected Provincial. In it, I compared the Church to the man by the side of the road in the story of the Good Samaritan. And I suggested that what we need to do at this time, is to pour the oil of our healing and our love into the Church.

This is in no way to minimize the sinfulness and awfulness of the situation. It is, however, an attempt to bring the new and healed (? resurrected) life of the Risen Jesus to the whole body of the Church. This is a difficult time for all of us. It is especially difficult for our confreres in the Irish Church and in Provinces where the media is now investigating fresh allegations. We are in solidarity with our confreres throughout the world. Let us pray also for our wounded Church.

Fr Charlie Corrigan will be in contact with those wishing to participate in the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Ralph in Gibraltar on 10th July. At present Fr Ralph is on retreat with the Postulants in Llandudno, and we continue to hold him in our prayer. Fr. Maurice has sent out a press release, including a correction to the Tablet article which described Fr. Ralph as the Parish Priest of Billericay!

For those who are not able to be present at the Province meeting, we ask your prayers. The meeting will be followed by a one day session of the Chapter, and then by a meeting of the EPC.   Since this Chapter session lasts only one day, there will be no representation from Zimbabwe. The ORC there is about to announce changes in the Region in the coming days.

For information, the EPC requested a review of both Pastoral Centres in accordance with the Province Plan, and this has been carried out by Fr. Gabriel Zsidzi and Sr. Raymunda Jordan, who together visited both Hawkstone and Kinnoull, spending two days in each Centre respectively. Their assessment will be offered to the members of the Chapter and the EPC.

Birthdays this month are: Fr. Dominic O’Toole 6th, Fr. Francis Dickinson 10th, Brother Anthony 11th and Fr. Tom McCarte on 29th. Congratulations to all.

My Newman prayer for this month is a rather familiar one, and I confess, a favourite of mine:

 

Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from you; none of it will be mine;
it will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise you the way you love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example,
by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you

 

I hope that this Holy week is blessed for all the members of the Province and that the Sacred Triduum draws us all closer to Our Lord. Above all, I pray that each one experiences the joy of the Risen Saviour.

With best wishes,

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior