Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Life and Death of Religious Life
Last summer Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR wrote a very good article in First Things on the renewal of religious life today. You can find the full article here. I think he is a great realist and speaks very clearly about the future of religious life. I think that we Salesians, as we challenge ourselves to return to Don Bosco, are in a position to experience renewal and growth that might surprise us. I pray we are up to this challenge. It is such an important time for us in our congregation and, in particular, in our American provinces. The Holy Spirit has blessed us with so many wonderful models of holiness in our province. It is our turn today to respond to God's call of grace and live our our vocations with the same intentionality. We recall the words of Pope John Paul II who said to us: "Salesians, be saints!" As our Salesian General Chapter continues these days in Rome, let's continue to pray for our congregation. Let's also pray for courage and strength as we seek to return to Don Bosco! The young people of the USA need us! Let's also pray for more and more generous young people to come forward to serve the Church and serve the Lord as priests and religious.