This month of October is dedicated to both the Missions of the Church and to the Holy Rosary. In this way the Church reminds us that missionary work must go hand-in-hand with prayer – meditating on Christ with Mary, which is what the Rosary is. So let us continue to try to make the Rosary a regular daily prayer whether we do it as a community or not. In the synod we reminded each other that, as the last General Chapter said, we are all called to be witnesses, shepherds and formators in our works of charity and education, in our parishes and in our houses of formation. Let us ask our Lady and St Luigi Orione to help us all to be truly witnesses, shepherds and formators all the time like Saint Luigi Orione and also Ricardo Gil and Antonio Arrue who are soon to be beatified in Spain on 13th October. I would like to add a word from Pope Francis in his homily for 27th September 2013:
“And what about us? … We all want to rise on the third day, and this is good, it is good, we should want this”. But not everyone, the Pope said, is ready to follow the way, the way of Jesus, in order to reach the goal. The sign that “a Christian is a true Christian” is “his ability to bear humiliation with joy and patience”. And yet, he affirmed, “there are many Christians who look upon the Lord and ask for humiliation in order to be more closely conformed to him”
Fr. Malcolm Dyer FDP
Missionary Delegation "Mother of the Church"