Dear Friends of the Fraternity,
“What are you giving up for Lent?” Every faithful Catholic has probably heard this question, and has been able to provide a good answer. The mortifications we choose—during Lent or Advent, or any time we hope to make our prayers more pleasing to God—are called active mortifications. Numerous scriptural passages assure us that active mortifications have great merit.
But how willingly do we accept passive mortifications—the sufferings that God chooses for us? Our Lord gave us the perfect example when He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. He asked that the chalice might pass from Him, but He also resigned Himself to doing God’s will. God, of course, willed that His Son would die for our sins, and so it happened.
Many of us overlook the need to accept passive mortifications. We must remember that they are, in fact, even more meritorious than active mortifications because they involve surrendering our own imperfect will to God’s holy will. When we maintain good cheer throughout life’s many inconveniences and annoyances, we show our total submission to God the Father—just as God the Son did in the garden. We also better dispose ourselves to experience Christ’s glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
As always, we will celebrate Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter morning with a Solemn High Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. We want to remember the intentions of our many benefactors who make our work possible, so please send in your intentions by filling out the online form today!
We would also be very grateful for any contribution you might be able to include. As you know, our seminarians can only pursue their vocations through your generosity in supporting the costs of running our seminary.
To thank you for your support, I’ve included a prayer card above with the traditional Marian prayer for the Easter season, the Regina Caeli, which you can download by clicking the image. Although this beautiful prayer can be said multiple times throughout the day, traditionally, it is prayed at 6 am, 12 pm and 6 pm in the place of the Angelus during the Easter and Pentecost season. As you use it, please continue to remember our priests and seminarians in your prayers. Know that we pray for you and your family daily. May the joys of Christ’s Resurrection fill you and all your loved ones this Easter season!
Fr. Michael J. Stinson
North American Superior