" 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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29th July, 2010

 

Dear Confreres and Friends,

 

I hope that this letter arrives in time to wish you all the best for the Feast of St. Alphonsus. Let’s pray that he will continue to inspire our Province with apostolic zeal and a true love for the Lord.

 

On Saturday, Fr. Maurice and I head off to Zimbabwe. We will conduct a Visitation there and also participate in the First and Final Vows celebrations of those I named in my June letter. We shall also attend the Diaconate Ordination of two confreres. Please note that of these being Perpetually Professed, Francis and David are being professed as Brothers in the Congregation. Isaac and Victor, who are preparing for the priesthood, will receive Diaconate Ordination at the hands of Archbishop Kocheri, the Nuncio, who is friend of the Redemptorists and who also has two cousins who are members of the Bangalore Province. I am pleased to let you know that the priestly ordinations of Joseph and Caspar took place on 24th July in Harare with great joy.

 

Also on the formation front, I am happy to inform you that Gerry, Peter and Charles arrived safely in Toronto yesterday, and were each given a one year visa at the border control. Please keep them in your prayers as they discern their future in terms of our vowed life.

 

The ordination of Bishop Ralph in Gibraltar was a wonderful event, and I was privileged to present his Episcopal ring as a gift from the Province. There was a marvellous representation of confreres, friends and parishioners from various parts of the UK present. The hospitality we received was tremendous. Bishop Ralph continues to count on your prayers as he now takes up the huge task of governing and pastorally leading his Diocese.

 

We are most grateful to Fr. Richard Reid for the time and energy he has put into this project. Our hope is that this initiative will be the springboard for an innovative way of contacting people. It means that the communities will have to make contact with Fr.Richard on a regular basis, so that the site remains current and interesting. ()

 

On the 9th August the International Youth Gathering will take place in Lviv. Mrs Roisin McKnight (Coll) and Fr Dominic O’Toole will lead our youth group. The group has worked hard during this year, fundraising; and already two members have gone to the Ukraine as part of the preparation team. We pray that this gathering will be a great success and thank the 18 members who form our London Province delegation there.

 

While Fr Maurice and I are in Zimbabwe, Fr Gerry will be in Kinnoull. I return on 11th and will be here throughout August, preaching a retreat to priests and Religious and being engaged in various meetings of the Provincial government.

 

 

Birthdays this month: Frs Ben Ahearn and Jim McManus 1st, Maurice O’Mahony 9th, Andrew Burns 13th, Kieran Brady 17th, myself 21st and Jan Milcz on 29th. Congratulations to all.

 

I hope that confreres are able to get some time of holiday in these months.

 

With best wishes,

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

 

 Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

 

 

Recommended reading. Well, this is the month of August, and so I recommend light reading. The first, “Our Iceberg is Melting”, is a wonderful little book about facing the challenge of change (and the dangers of not dealing with it) by John Kotter, Professor from the Harvard Business School. If you want light reading, I can recommend the trilogy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – but that will take you into September, since the books are long!

 

As we prepare for the Beatification of John Henry Newman, here is my final Newman contribution for the year – sent to me by Sr. Bernadette, O.SS.R. I will update you on the situation in Gilmoss in my next letter.

 

 

Marian Prayer of Cardinal Newman 

O Mother of Jesus, and my Mother, let me dwell with you, cling to you and love you with ever-increasing love. I promise the honour, love and trust of a child. Give me a mother's protection, for I need your watchful care. You know better than any other the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart. Keep constantly before my mind the same thoughts, the same desires, that my heart may be filled with zeal for the interests of the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son. Instill in me a love of all that is noble, that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.

Help me, dearest Mother, to acquire the virtues that God wants of me: to forget myself always, to work solely for him, without fear of sacrifice. I shall always rely on your help to be what Jesus wants me to be. I am his; I am yours, my good Mother! Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing until my last evening on earth, when your Immaculate Heart will present me to the Heart of Jesus in heaven, there to love and bless you and your divine Son for all eternity.