Pope Benedict XVI Urges Congregation of St. Annibale Maria di Francia to keep the Spirit of Prayer for Vocations

Friday, July 09, 2010

VATICAN CITY, JULY 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging the congregation founded by St. Annibale Maria di Francia to keep his spirit of prayer for vocations.

The Pope made this appeal in a message sent to the 11th General Chapter of the Rogationist Fathers, which began Monday in Rome.

St. Annibale (1851-1927) was a Sicilian priest convinced of the need to "ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest," as the Gospel recommends.

Wednesday, the Holy Father blessed a statue of the saint, which was unveiled in one of the exterior niches of St. Peter's.

In his message to St. Annibale's spiritual sons, the Pontiff noted how the saint "loved Christ intensely, and was always inspired by him in carrying out a prudent vocational apostolate as well as courageous work in favor of his needy neighbors."

"Follow his example," the Pope told the religious, "and joyfully continue his mission, still valid today, even though the social conditions in which we live have changed. In particular, spread ever more the spirit of prayer and of solicitude for all vocations in the Church; be eager laborers for the coming of the Kingdom of God, dedicating yourselves with every energy to evangelization and human development."

Benedict XVI noted the congregation's apostolate, directed to the "vast horizons of evangelization and the urgent need to witness the evangelical message to all, without distinction."

"Such an urgent mission requires incessant personal and community conversion," he said. "Only hearts totally open to the action of grace are able to interpret the signs of the times and to receive the appeals of humanity in need of hope and peace."

The Pope invoked Mary as "queen of vocations and mother of priests" to protect and help the Rogationist Fathers, praying she will be the "sure guide on the path of your religious family."

6 comments:

Hisbridetobe Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 9:16:00 AM PDT  

Hi,

Can you please add a link to the page for the sisters of mary mother of the church? They are a newly formed traditional community located in the diocese of Spokane. I think a lot of discerning young women may like to learn about them.

Thanks,
DR

p.s. how do I follow this blog?

Matthew Monday, August 2, 2010 at 4:25:00 AM PDT  

If you would like to join the blog, please just send an email with that request to acatholiclife[at]gmail.com

And what is the link to the website for that order?

Hisbridetobe Monday, August 2, 2010 at 11:37:00 AM PDT  

Hello,

the link for the SMMC is www.sistersofmarymc.org

Thanks!

Matthew Monday, August 2, 2010 at 2:47:00 PM PDT  

I have gladly added them to the sidebar. Are you discerning with them? Do you know a lot about them?

I gladly help promote the religious vocation events of communities such as the one of the SMMC. Please let them know that if they every need advertising or marketing help.

God bless

Hisbridetobe Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 8:24:00 AM PDT  
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Hisbridetobe Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM PDT  

Thank you for adding them, yes I am discerning with them and pray that one day I may call them my sisters.

I will be sure to keep you abreast of any news and events; I know they will be traveling to Wichita for he Catholic Family conference and Mother Katherine will be giving a talk; I also believe some of the postulants will be talking as well but I'm not too sure on what.

God Bless!

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