You Are a Part of a Radical Way of Christian Living
Fr. John Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Church celebrates religious life with reflection and prayer on the call to follow Jesus. We say religious life is a radical way of Christian living—rooting ourselves in Jesus and having nothing else in our eye.
St Luke’s gospel comes to minds when Peter says to Jesus, “we have left our own homes and followed You.” Jesus responds: “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18: 28-30
Giving up security, family and the independence we value is a risky commitment. All Christians are called to it, and vowed religious live it for a particular mission: preaching, education, spiritual formation, migrant care, the abandoned poor. The Redemptorist mission shares the gospel of God’s mercy and love for everyone. We work in places where pastoral need is great. Our calling card is familiar: ‘plentiful redemption.’
Redemptorists take their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience so we are available to go where needed. Our seminarians live this commitment daily. A couple of men are ready to begin their novitiate and prepare for vows. Two confreres are ready for ordination as deacon and priest. Deacon Chung Trans and Frater Huy Vu accept the responsibility of bringing the spiritual care and sacraments Christians need. Their ministry flows through their vowed commitment as Redemptorists.
For people entering religious life and those already here, the above scripture can be intimidating and challenging. We feel this is our opportunity for deeper love and faith in Jesus, our security and hope. We keep our eyes fixed on Him alone.
This month pray for the religious men and women you know, thank God for their dedication and their willingness to trust Jesus’ call. Pray for those discerning a vocation to religious life and renew your commitment to support and pray for vocations.
As you plan your almsgiving for 2019, please include the Co-Redemptorist Association in your regular giving plans. Each day the Redemptorists lift you in prayer for all your goodness to us. Please send a gift today to help our seminarians.
In Christ the Redeemer,
Father John K. Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Director, Co-Redemptorist Association