Scholasticate News Advent season
A SPECIAL VISIT
Pilgrimage to St Pauls Basilica
Approaching the advent season and following the pronouncement of Pope Benedict XVI in the opening of the Pauline year, to ecumenical meetings, the holy father invited all Christians to rediscover St Paul as a man integrated in his culture and time announcing Christ the Saviour.
The scholasticate community took a pilgrimage to the basilica of St Paul outside the walls, in order to be able to rediscover that zeal of the great missionary and apostle to the gentiles, who lived a life similar to our lives.
The meditation of this pilgrimage began with prayer at the flame that signifies the Pauline year. From there we processed towards the tomb of the apostle Paul.
After praying vespers together with the Benedictine monks, we returned home in joy to live and share with courage the good news of our Lord, who died and rose and for whom Paul was made a servant.
PREPARE YE THE WAY FOR THE LORD!
The scholasticate community finds itself living a time of great joy and preparation for the coming of the Lord to the human heart.
We are very joyful of the recent past events that have occurred in our community. Among these events there is the acceptance of our eight scholastic brothers for final oblation. This event of their final oblation is due to take place on the 6th of January 2009 in view of the feast of the epiphany.
The brothers due for final oblation are: GULSHAN, Barkat (Pakistan), MUÑOZ, David (USA), POHDUENG, Pius (Bangladesh), RAHARINIRINA, Elisé (Madagascar), ROSSINA, Jean (Madagascar), SAUTI, Lewis (Zambia), VALERE, Franky (Haiti) and YOUNGTEN, Emmanuel (Nigeria).
More significant is that we began living this time of grace and joy in a good spirit of fraternity. This season has invited us to celebrate our liturgies lighting the advent candles that we may welcome Christ together with all his suffering people, religious and all who we remember in our daily prayers.
In this way, we have also celebrated the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with great jubilation; jubilation in our liturgy of the Eucharist celebrated by Father General Wilhelm Steckling; jubilation also in fraternal sharings with oblates of the general house and other oblate associates invited for the occasion.
‘Prepare ye the way for the Lord’, cannot be separated from Mary, Mother and model of our Church who receives Christ in order to give him to the world with love and hope. More significant for us as Oblates is that we look to Mary as our model and patroness of our congregation, she consecrated herself totally as lowly handmaid to the person and work of the Saviour (C.OMI.10).
We pray for the intercession of St Eugene de Mazenod that with his example we may become advent people.