Today, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the Church celebrates the vocation of religious brothers!
The life of the Brothers is a story of salvation for their contemporaries, and among them, especially for the poorest. “We may not always be able to reflect adequately the beauty of the Gospel, but there is one sign which we should never lack: the option for those who are least, those whom society discards” (Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church, #32).
Greetings from Rome where the Preparation Program for Perpetual Vows ended yesterday with a very beautiful closing Mass and ceremony. The Mass was celebrated in five languages representing the rich cultural diversity of the young Brothers preparing to dedicate their lives to Jesus and the Gospel.
As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, may I suggest that in our prayer time today we can briefly share our responses to these questions:
Remembering our past with gratitude.
In our Xaverian story, how have we served "those who are least, those who were overlooked or discarded by society?"
Living the present with passion.
In our present story how are opting for those who are forgotten or are marginalized by our society?
Embracing our future with hope.
As a Congregation what are we hoping for as we embrace the future?
Brother Edward Driscoll