NEW YEAR MESSAGE - FROM SUPERIOR GENERAL
I WISH YOU A SUCCESSFUL AND GRACE-FILLED NEW YEAR 2017!
We begin our New Year with the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Mary is our Mother ever since Jesus gave her to us as our Mother saying, ‘Behold your Mother’. We stay close to our Mother.
Now as we say good bye to 2016, do not allow 2016 take up too much of 2017. It is said that we learn more from failure than success. Do not let our failure stop us and paralyze us. Failure builds character.
St. Francis de Sales speaks of the importance of seeking new purpose to our life through our renewal to embrace a devout life. I find it very relevant for us, as we begin our New Year 2017.
Francis writes: ‘We are so frail and so weighed down by our evil inclinations. We can easily fall away from our high purposes unless we often renew our good resolutions’. He uses the image of a bird that falls to the ground when it does not use its wings. ‘Birds fall to the ground unless they use their wings to maintain themselves in flight’(IDL V Ch.1).
As human as we are, we become weary. We are inclined to fall. We are tempted to become discouraged and give up. Unless we use our wings of resolution to serve God, we fall. If we do not use our resoultion, we fall back not only to our former state but also to a state worse than the first (SFS).
Let our resolution to serve God and to serve our brothers and sisters be at the center of our New Year Program! Do not focus on the way you are today but focus on the way you want to be tomorrow. What is the best way to start New Year? The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.
“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Happy New Year!
Father Abraham Vettuvelil, MSFS
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Cordial greetings and good wishes to you from AMISALES, the Mission Development Office (MDO) of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales in Rome. This Mission Office came into existence on 15 November 2013. The Mission and Vision of AMISALES is to be always on the side of the poorest of the poor. To know more about our work please download the Newsletter bellow…
PRAYER OF DEVOTION IN HONOUR OF FATHER PETER MERMIER, SERVANT OF GOD
God of love, You care for us and You guide us in numer- ous ways. We thank You for inflaming the heart of Fr. Peter Mermier with an intense love for You and a zeal for the salvation of souls. You blessed him with a total trust in You and in humble surrender to Your Holy Will. It was your will that he should found the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, and with Mother Claudine Echernier, the Congregation of Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, to spread your mercy and compassion to all, by witnessing to Your love and through their prophetic ministries. His life of holiness was his supreme act of glory to You.
Loving Father, while he was on earth, You blessed many through him, especially in the renewal of Christian faith and family through the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. You raised him to the saintly state of Servant of God. Thereby, You testify that he is Your highly favored son for whom You refuse nothing. So we pray that through his holy intercession, You bless us now with the favor we request and pray for.....(silence)
We make this prayer through Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
One Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father Amen.
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