We rejoice on this feast of Saint John Paul the Great, October 22nd! For us, he is especially beloved as the “spiritual father” of our Religious Family under whose pontificate we were founded and whose writings have deeply shaped our Constitutions and spirituality. For all the Church, he is a living model of how holiness is possible!
In our Province, we gathered at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC for Holy Mass. At the close of the Mass, the IVE Provincial Superior, Fr. Alberto Barattero, IVE, led us in the act of formally consecrating our Province to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This moment allowed all of us to place our consecrated lives, our mission in the Church, and the souls entrusted to our care into the Sacred Heart of Jesus, font of all graces and source of our life. May the example and intercession of St John Paul II accompany us in this great time of prayer.
As we have noted before, there is an abundance of celebrations for major saints found in October. Our Catholic Culture page on the “Communion of Saints” highlights these feast days and invites us to prepare for the Solemnity of All Saints, November 1st. From St Therese to the North American Martyrs, there are so many good friends to thank and to look for in times of need!
North American Martyrs
Finally, the October 19th celebration of the North American Martyrs brought to mind a beautiful pilgrimage that many sisters and seminarians were able to make to Auriesville over Labor Day weekend this past year. Fr. Nathaniel Dryer, IVE preached on labor, martyrdom and prayer in a homily we have just posted. Read it here.