See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

God is faithful.



God's call is irrevocable.
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Those two thoughts have been running through my head since my last post about Don Marco's new foundation in the diocese of Tulsa. Fr. Mark refers to it as "a call within a call" which reminds me of Mother Teresa's experience on the train which led her to found the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa also explained the new direction of her vocation as a call within a call. It is an awesome thing.
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What I find so edifying and inspiring is that these people have sought God from youth, generously renouncing ordinary life to serve him and live faithfully according to his will in consecrated religious life - only to leave the security of regular religious life to erect something new and beautiful for God. According to his will, his providential call... as if predestined for this particular work to praise His glory.
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I've known several persons who have started new religious communities. The skeptic in me always tempts and says, "It won't last." But it is simply not true. I know priests who have formed hermitages 20, 30 years ago - which are now thriving monasteries. I know Franciscan brothers who began communities of strict observance which continue to this day. I know individuals who live as isolated hermits in austere circumstances - not simply for a few years, but for 20, 30 years or more.
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Their perseverance despite criticism, suspicion, difficulties, poverty, and spiritual struggle is a wonderful witness to the Gospel and the faithfulness of God, as well as the edification of the Church.
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It is an awesome thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
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For information on the new foundation contact:
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Reverend Father Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B.
1744 South Xanthus Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-5324
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[Addendum: For what it is worth, I should have mentioned that of all the people who have ever set out to make a monastic foundation, I would have to say Fr. Mark is the most qualified person I have ever known to do so, based upon his experience of religious life, monastic observance, solid spirituality, theology and liturgical formation. In addition, responding to a bishop's call is always a good sign this is the Lord's doing, not man's. Give success to the work of his hands O Lord!]

6 comments:

  1. I keep thinking that if it were't for these kinds of people who are willing to serve God in such a way that maybe God would have had it with us by now, but maybe these beautiful souls who go to daily Mass and make so many sacrafices on our behalf appease him.

    Thanks be to God for sharing these kind of people with us. God could have kept them all to himself.
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    And God has put me on Call waiting and I'm listening to crappy elevator music for penance.

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  2. The last line of this post floored me and left me in tears. Awesome indeed!

    Praised be God!

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  3. Aurora10:18 PM

    Terry,
    Any details avaiable on the hermits jpg you
    posted with this piece?
    Thanks.

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  4. Aurora,

    I can't recall the painter or the exact history - but it is a detail from the Carmine Virgin panel at Florence and shows the primitive Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel on Mt. Carmel in Palestine.

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  5. Aurora11:14 AM

    Terry,
    Looks as if it is Pietro Lorenzetti from Hermits at the Fountain of Elijah. See this link, page 34.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=uDrpTx2OXdUC&lpg=PA34&ots=fkqkpcusnk&dq=pietro%20lorenzetti%20hermits%20at%20fountain%20of%20elijah&pg=PA34#v=onepage&q=pietro%20lorenzetti%20hermits%20at%20fountain%20of%20elijah&f=false
    Thank you!

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  6. You are right Aurora!

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