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THY COMMANDMENTS, WHICH I HAVE LOVED

A Message for the 2nd Sunday in Lent

 

Our progress through the Lenten season is one which may be measured. Like any progress, it is a movement from one point to another, and in the case of Lent, those two points—of departure on Ash Wednesday and of arrival on Easter Sunday—are places along our path of holiness. Where we were at the beginning of Lent is now in the past. We have moved from that point to where we are today. And henceforth we shall go further, beyond our present status on our path, to other places to which we aspire or dread.

My path may be one along which I blindly blunder from one day to the next, with no thought taken as to whether I am heading in the right direction, or how quickly and efficiently I’m likely to reach my destination. Or perhaps I made the conscious resolution at the time of my Shrovetide confession, that from henceforth I would sin no more and carefully avoid all occasions of sin. Surely, I have not made the conscious decision to give up hope in reaching heaven, and decided instead to continue on the path of despair which can have only one destination to which I have resigned myself?

Our ultimate destination is in question here. Our Lent may be just one stepping-stone along that path, but when one imagines those stones as they pave our way across the raging torrent of life, we are reminded how important it is not to step off those stones at any time, and try to swim against that strong current of vice and wickedness that will surely sweep us away as soon as we lose the security of our solid path across the water.

Lent is our opportunity to measure our progress. By taking measure of where we were at the beginning of the season, and comparing it to our status at Easter, we will easily be able to see if we are indeed heading in the right direction. How has our Lent been so far? Are we crossing the river of life so as to arrive at the safe haven of the opposite bank? If so, we are called today to persevere. And if not, we are called, most urgently, to take up the cross of penance and correct any deviations from our path by following in the footsteps of our Lord.

Today is Transfiguration Sunday. While our own faces are probably not yet transfigured with the light of holiness, we are nonetheless recalled from the darkness of sin to the light of our Saviour’s own glory. We strive to follow him, as for forty days and forty nights he fasted in the wild. We strive to be like him in all things, that we too may one day hear the voice from heaven telling us that we are God’s dear child in whom he is well pleased.

To help us, we have Moses and Elijah at our side. Moses, with his commandments, by which we may live a holy life pleasing to God. Elijah, with his prophecies of an eternity of union with God for those that follow those commandments. And there, right before us, is a glimpse of the beatific vision that is Christ himself, beckoning us to that eternal reward, reminding us that if we love him, we will keep those commandments.

Let us renew today our Shrovetide resolutions. And if we didn’t make them then, let us humbly acknowledge our failures, and place a new resolution today before the throne of our Saviour, that we will abandon our sins and follow him now across the swirling waters.

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LATEST NEWS

Special Meeting

The Board of Directors met on Thursday, February 15, in Special Meeting to discuss the Guild's future working relationship with a new First Order Priest from Pennsylvania.  No objections were raised, and we are happy to announce that the Guild now has a new Priest working with us, both as a First Order member and also as a member of Chapter.


Prayers Urgently Requested

Please pray for the recovery of Chapter Member Bishop Paul S. Petko of Lizton, Indiana.  Bishop Petko fell on the ice last Sunday morning before Mass, and is now recuperating at home after a stay in the hospital


Chair of Unity Meeting

The Board of Directors met on Thursday, January 25, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and closing day of the Chair of Unity Octave.  The purpose of the meeting was to conclude the election process of the Superior General, to elect the Dean of Chapter, and to elect the officers of the Board.  The second item on the agenda was to review last year's finances and approve a budget for the current fiscal year of 2018.

Election of Superior General

His Excellency Bishop Joseph Macek was elected to the position of Superior General of the Guild, taking up his new post immediately upon election.  A special thanks was extended to our outgoing Superior General Bishop Paul S. Petko, under whose leadership the Guild was first established, and who now takes up his new position on Chapter.

Election of Dean and Officers

Father Bernard Hall was elected to serve another term as Dean of Chapter.  Our three previous office holders, the President, Treasurer and Secretary, were all re-elected for a further term.

Finances & Budget

It was noted that our revenue had decreased during the fiscal year 2017, and suggestions were made for improving our income during 2018.   A budget for 2018 was approved.

Guild Missions

Infant of Prague Chapel

6397 Holloway Drive
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Sunday Mass 5:00 pm

– Chaplain:  Fr. Bernard G. Hall

St. Margaret Mary Chapel

1000 Scioto Street
Urbana, OH 43078

Sunday Mass 10:00 am

– Chaplain:  Fr. Bernard G. Hall

Our Lady of Good Remedy Chapel

10879 N. State Route 39
Lizton, IN 46149

Sunday Mass 9:00 am

– Chaplain:  Bp. Paul S. Petko

Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel

548 Ashley Road
Newark Valley, NY 13811

Sunday Mass TBA

– Chaplain: Bp. Joseph S. Macek

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Puerto Rico

Sunday Mass TBA

– Chaplain:  Bp. Hector Moreno

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