“Today the Lord repeats to me, to you, and to all pastors: Follow me! Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering; do not dwell on secondary things, but look to what is essential and follow me. Follow me without regard for the difficulties. Follow me in preaching the Gospel. Follow me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism and holy orders. Follow me by speaking of me to those with whom you live, day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends. Follow me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us, so that no one will fail to hear the word of life which sets us free from every fear and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God. Follow me!” ~Pope Francis; from his homily on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, July 29, 2014
“The Word became flesh. Which means that all our fears, our doubts, our frustrations, our feelings of futility, of loneliness, worthlessness, weakness, depression, the sense that we can never do anything right, our dread and our longing, our neediness, our craving, our anguish, our aching — the Word took on all this in the Incarnation. And Jesus carried that excruciating mortal burden in his human flesh to John the Baptist so that he could plunge it into the Jordan River’s death-dealing, life-giving waters. How much we need to go out of ourselves in order to find ourselves. The sinless Jesus models for us the utterly fitting way to approach the Father: as repentant sinners surrendered to mercy so tender. God the Father delights to be acknowledged by human nothingness since such an offering is a confession of sublime trust. Jesus the beggar in the hands of John lowers himself in baptism and, as Nothingness, acknowledges his Father so that we will never be afraid to do the same. By joining Jesus in the gesture of plunging ourselves into the Father’s love, we hear his voice—“You are my beloved Son” — calling us his own.” ~Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., The Magnificat Rosary Companion
“Dear young people, always find in the Eucharist the nourishment of your spiritual life.” ~Pope Francis, Morning General Audience, July 25, 2014
Almighty God, by whose providence your servant St. John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Book of Divine Worship
Congratulations to the newly ordained priests of the Diocese of Portland, Maine!
From Left to Right:
Fr. Edward R. Clifford has been appointed parochial vicar for the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland; Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland; St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island; St. Louis Parish, Portland; St. Peter Parish, Portland). A native of Shawmut, Fr. Clifford was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on June 14, 2014.
Fr. Kyle L. Doustou has been appointed parochial vicar for the Parish of the Precious Blood (Holy Rosary Church, Caribou; Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church, Presque Isle; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage; Sacred Heart Church, Caribou; St. Catherine Church, Washburn; St. Denis Church, Fort Fairfield; St. Joseph Church, Mars Hill; St. Louis Church, Limestone; St. Mark Church, Ashland; St. Theresa Church, Stockholm). A native of Lewiston, Fr. Doustou was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Lewiston on May 30, 2014.
Fr. Brad Morin has been appointed as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Parish (St. Gabriel Church, Winterport; St. John Church, Bangor; St. Joseph Church, Brewer; St. Mary Church, Bangor; St. Matthew Church, Hampden; St. Theresa Church, Brewer). Fr. Morin was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley on June 6, 2014, at St. David Church in Madawaska.
“Today, we confess this with our gaze turned to Corpus Domini, to the Sacrament of the altar. And, for this faith, we renounce Satan and all of his temptations; we renounce the idols of money, vanity, pride and power. We, Christians, do not want to adore anything or anyone in this world except Jesus Christ, who is present in the Holy Eucharist. Perhaps we do not always realize what this means in all its depth, the consequences our profession of faith has or should have. Today we ask the Lord to enlighten us and to convert us, so that we truly adore only him and we renounce evil in all its forms.” ~Pope Francis, Homily at Mass in Calabria’s Piana di Sibari, June 21, 2014
“Let us ask our Lord then to make us souls devoted to the blessed Eucharist, so that our relationship with him brings forth joy and serenity and a desire for justice. In this way we will make it easier for others to recognize Christ; we will put Christ at the centre of all human activities. And Jesus’ promise will be fulfilled: ‘I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.'”~St. Josemaria Escriva, (Christ is passing by, 150-156)
“I repeat: to know how to say the Our Father, and to know how to put it into practice, this is the perfection of the Christian life.” ~Pope St. John XXIII
“May the power of your love, O Lord, fiery and sweet as honey, wean my heart from all that is under heaven so that I may die for love of your love. You Who were so good as to die for love of my love.” ~St. Francis of Assisi