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Your eyes are not to be fixed in what you have left but in what you have been given…

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Reflection of Mother Adela to Seminarians at
S. John Maria Vianney, Archdiocese of Miami
January 20-2006

I would like to tell you: “Be not afraid”.
Fear is caused, many times, by understanding the measure,
the height, the depth of the vocation and gift you have received
and also the measure of the response which the gift demands.

Do not be afraid!
1. To leave everything for Christ and to generously embrace the vocation you have received.A vocation is a mystery of divine election, of God́s call to your heart.. to you, personally.. He has called you by name, He chose you from among many : “ You did not choose me, but I chose you” (Jn 15,16).

This election needs to be pondered in your hearts… you have been chosen by God to a personal, intimate relationship with him and participation in His priestly heart, life and mission.

Your vocation is not an accident, something that you can take lightly or superficially, because as the Lord says in Jer 1,5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”

Why have you been chosen? I do not know… and you do not either. It is part of the mystery of love.

Love, as Pope Benedict said in Cologne, “ knows no why, it is a free gift to which one responds with the gift of self”.

You have been given a gift of love, to which you can only respond with the totality of your love. Jesus has invited you to leave everything in order to follow him more closely. One day you heard the voice of Christ in your heart telling you: follow me and leave everything for me. It is a call to renounce other options in life and to chose this path of closeness and intimacy with Him, but it is not an empty renunciation.. It is a call to leave something good for something greater, for a life in which you will find complete personal fulfillment, a life in which your human and spiritual potentials will be expanded for the service of the kingdom of God and for the good of humanity.

JPII asked seminarians and priests in his book “gift and mystery”: “ Could there be any greater fulfillment than to one day be able to re-present everyday in persona Christi, the redemptive sacrifice of the Cross? Could there be any greater human accomplishment than to become fully identified with Christ, the God-made man, and to become ministers of the priesthood of Christ?”

What a great calling you have received!Yes, you are called to leave everything but to gain it all. To lose your life as to find it… to give it all to receive the All. You have to responsibly and maturely know what you are renouncing, thus you can truly embrace a life style that represents clearly what you have left behind, but at the same time you must maturely and visibly represent the life that you have found.

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Open Thy Sacred Heart O Jesus!

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A beautiful prayer composed by Blessed Pope Pius IX:

“Open Thy Sacred Heart 0 Jesus! Show me Its beauty and unite me with It forever. May the throbbing in all the movements of my heart, even during sleep, be a testimony of my love and tell Thee unceasingly: Yes, Lord Jesus, I adore Thee … accept my poor little actions … grant me the grace of repairing evil done … so that I may praise Thee in time and bless Thee for all eternity.”
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Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Miami, FL, USA

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How is it possible to know God with only the light of human reason? Compendium of the Catechism#3-4

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How is it possible to know God with only the light of human reason?

Starting from creation, that is from the world and from the human person, through reason alone one can know God with certainty as the origin and end of the universe, as the highest good and as infinite truth and beauty.

Is the light of reason alone sufficient to know the mystery of God?
In coming to a knowledge of God by the light of reason alone man experiences many difficulties. Indeed, on his own he is unable to enter into the intimacy of the divine mystery. This is why he stands in need of being enlightened by God’s revelation, not only about those things that exceed his understanding, but also about those religious and moral truths which of themselves are not beyond the grasp of human reason, so that even in the present condition of the human race, they can be known by all with ease, with firm certainty and with no admixture of error.
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June 7,2008 Ordinations

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The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Bishop of Joliet,ordained three men as priests for the Diocese of Joliet on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.
Pictured are Reverend Greg Podwysocki, Reverend Nathan Gohlke, Bishop J. Peter Sartain, Reverend Matthew Pratscher.
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The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them,

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and what came through them was longing.
These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—
are good images of what we really desire;
but if they are mistaken for the thing itself,
they turn into dumb idols,
breaking the hearts of their worshipers.
For they are not the thing itself;
they are only the scent of a flower we have not found,
the echo of a tune we have not heard,
news from a country we have never yet visited.

—C. S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory.”

You came through them…. You shine in them… for souls…
shining through our human weakness….
You choose the weak and make them strong in bearing witness to you…

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May 2006 Press Conference- Bishop Sartain video

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On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, the Apostolic Nuncio announced the appointment of Bishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced Sar’-tin) as the Fourth Bishop of Joliet,Illinois.
Bishop Sartain was born on June 6, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee.On July 15, 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis. He was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock on January 4, 2000 and was ordained on March 6, 2000.
Bishop Sartain attended St. Meinrad College in Indiana, studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, and earned a licentiate of sacred theologyfrom the Pontifical Athenaeum San Anselmo in Rome in 1979.
In addition to his pastoral experience as a parochial vicar and as a pastor,Bishop Sartain also has considerable administrative experience, having served as Director of Vocations, Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar for Clergy, and Vicar General. He has also been a chaplain, academic dean for the permanent diaconate formation program, and a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation.

The ceremony of installation took place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2006

He currently is a member of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as the Chair of the USCCB Committee on the Home Missions.

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is granted a personal parish in Rome

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It is with great joy that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter announces the opening of a personal parish in the Diocese of Rome. The decree of erection of the parish, which is dated Easter day of 2008, states that in conformity with art. 10 of Summorum Pontificum, “and after having received the proposal of the Cardinal Vicar, the Holy Father has established that in the central sector of the Diocese of Rome, in the 1st District, and in a fitting place of worship, namely, the Church of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini […] should be erected a personal parish, in order to guarantee proper pastoral care for the entire community of Traditional faithful residing in the same Diocese”.
The Fraternity of St. Peter is deeply grateful to the Holy Father and his Vicar, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, to be entrusted with this parish in the See of Peter. Of the many dioceses where the Fraternity serves, this is the tenth apostolate which has been erected as a full personal parish, and the first in Europe. It is hoped that this particular parish will serve not only the local parishioners, but that it will also provide a fine example of the beauty and solemnity of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite to the many pilgrims and students in Rome. Rev. Joseph Kramer, FSSP, has been appointed as the first pastor of the parish Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, Rector of the venerable Archconfraternity of the same name, and Rector of the church.
The installation of Fr. Kramer as pastor, and official opening Mass of the parish will take place on June 8, 2008. The Fraternity of St. Peter asks for your prayers in carrying out these new duties towards the faithful, and the Diocese of Rome.
From the General Secretariat FSSP, on May 7, 2008.
More information: Photo album: Santa Trinità dei Pellegrini
The following is taken from an article in the FSSP French newsletter, the “Lettre aux amis” of May 2008.
Dear Friends of the Fraternity,
As you know the Fraternity of St. Peter has a particular attachment to the Eternal City. It is in Rome that we were founded. Those instrumental in our foundation were the Holy Father John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, the Sovereign Pontiff and Bishop of Rome. Finally we were given the great grace to take the name of the Prince of the Apostles St. Peter, patron of Rome; the first order to take on such a name in two centuries. Since that first great act of fidelity to the Successor of Peter by our founders our Fraternity has kept a continuous presence in the Eternal City. In our less than twenty years we have sent 15 men for licentiate and doctorate work at the Roman Universities and have had a very small chapel, S. Gregorio that we have served as chaplains since 1997.
It is then with great joy that on behalf of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter I can announce to you that on Easter Sunday (March 23, 2008) the Vicariate of Rome granted a personal parish to the care of our Fraternity at the church of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini. The Fraternity is honored that the Holy Father has established this personal parish to serve the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in the heart of Rome, and that through his Cardinal Vicar Camillo Ruini the FSSP has been chosen to serve it. What better example could be found of an application of Summorum Pontificum! It is only fitting that Rome, the heart of the Church is the first Diocese in Europe to confide a personal parish to our Fraternity.
The church Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini stands in the very center of Rome only 100 meters from the Palazzo Farnese, near the Ponte Sisto. It would be hard to imagine a finer location. The church, which dates from the beginning of the 17th century, has a rich history in Rome. It was built by the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims which was founded under the inspiration and direction of St. Philip Neri, with the specific mission of housing and caring for pilgrims in Rome. The church has its very roots then in the work of St. Philip who is often called the third apostle of the Eternal City, whose mission was a true reform of bringing faithful back to a zealous practice of the faith through processions, devotions and the liturgy. The church also has the mission of receiving pilgrims at its origins and further reinforces the mission of the Fraternity in Rome.
Typical of the Roman churches of the Counter-Reformation period, Trinità dei Pellegrini has a wide sanctuary with no liturgical choir, enabling the faithful to see the sacred ceremonies more clearly. Likewise, the 8 side chapels, two major ones and 6 minor, are constructed in such a way as to not distract from the principal sanctuary. The church contains several interesting artworks, such as the “Madonna and Child with Ss. Francis and Augustine” of Giuseppe Cesari, (also called the Cavaliere d’Arpino), under whom the painter Caravaggio worked during his Roman sojourn, and the famous “Mass of Saint Gregory” by Iacopo Zucchi, an interesting document of Roman liturgical practice in the later 16th century. However, the most outstanding piece by far is the majestic painting of “the Trinity” by the Bolognese painter Guido Reni. Commissioned by Card. Ludovisi, the nephew of Pope Gregory XV, in 1625, this beautifully balanced and colored painting, done when the artist was 50 years old, is a version of the “mercy-seat” motif; God the Father, at the top of the painting, is shown with open arms, with the Holy Spirit at His chest above the Crucified Christ. The figure of Christ is painted in a stark white which causes him to stand out against the colorful background, echoing the Elevation of the white Sacred Host taking place during the solemn Mass celebrated underneath the painting at the main Altar. It is considered one of the most beautiful retables in all of Rome.
In establishing a church in Rome to serve as the centre for the traditional Mass the Vicariate not only wanted a parish life which would serve those living in the city, but also a place which would receive the pilgrims coming to Rome who desire to worship according to the extraordinary form. The Vicariate of Rome stated from the start that the structure of a personal parish is the one which best makes these faithful feel at home, and thus active members of the local Church. It also best manifests the priests’ relation to the bishop and their concrete duties towards him. In this way our priest, like every parish priest, will form a sort of bridge for the people to their pastor, the bishop.
A second purpose of this magnificent church is to give an example of the full liturgical life of the extraordinary form in all of its splendor. One of the main efforts of the Fraternity of St. Peter will be to provide a church with a living liturgical life which can serve as an example of what Pope Benedict XVI refers to as the “treasures of worship and culture accumulated” in the Roman Rite. Masses and offices will be offered solemnly with highly trained ministers and musicians. For years the Russian College in Rome has served as a living example of the beauty of the Eastern Rites. Here the Rites are carried out in full solemnity. Many priests and faithful have come to know and appreciate these Rites in this beautiful setting. It is now our duty to try to do something similar in the Eternal City. How many pilgrims and how many young priests will have their first contact with the beautiful ritual of the Extraordinary Form at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini. The duty that lies before us is very humbling, but very exciting. We can only thank His Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI for this opportunity.
I ask for your prayers for this endeavor which is important not only for our community but for the whole Church. We
will be glad to use Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini for all offices and Masses of our twentieth anniversary on October 18, 2008. I also hope to see you there to celebrate the opening of our parish on June 8, or at another time in Rome in the not too distant future, in the heart of the See of Peter.
Very Rev. John Berg, Superior General FSSP
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St. Maria Teresa Goretti ,pray for us

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Could we pierce the veil, and were we vigilant and attentive …

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Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Jesuit
Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence, II, 1 (trans. Algar Thorold)
“Do you not yet understand or comprehend? “
Could we pierce the veil, and were we vigilant and attentive,
God would reveal himself continually to us
and we should rejoice in his action in everything that happens to us.
At every occurrence we should say: «Dominus est. It is the Lord!» (Jn 21,7)
and in all circumstances we should find a gift from God.
We should consider creatures as very feeble instruments
in the hands of an almighty worker,
and we should recognize without difficulty
that nothing is lacking to us
and that God’s constant care leads him to give us
each instant what is suited to us.
If we had faith, we should welcome all creatures;
we should, as it were, caress them and thank them interiorly
for contributing so favourably to our perfection
when applied by the hand of God.
If we lived uninterruptedly by the life of faith,
we should be in continual contact with God;
we should speak with him face to face…
Faith is the interpreter of God;
without the illumination which it brings,
nothing can be understood of the language
in which creatures speak to us.
That language is a cypher in which
nothing is apparent but confusion;
it is a thorn-bush from which
no one could imagine God speaking.
But faith makes us see, as in the case of Moses,
the fire of divine charity burning in the midst of the thorns;
faith gives us the key to the cypher and
enables us to discover in that confusion
the marvels of heavenly wisdom.
Faith gives a face as of heaven to the whole earth,
and by it our hearts are ravished
and transported to converse in heaven…
Faith is the key of the treasury,
the key of the abyss of divine wisdom.
And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 Douay-Rh
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