to friends and Benefactors
of St. Pius X, District of Canada,
45 Guthrie Avenue, Toronto, ON, M8Y 3L2,
Telephone: 416.251.0499 Fax: 416.251.7430
faithful, October 2008
“Yours to discover!” How could I summarize better
this surprising nomination to Canada? Neither you nor I expected
such a change. Father Rostand was here just two short years.
He fulfilled his task with admirable sovereignty. In only
two years time he marked the Canadian district by his initiatives,
especially by his courage to undertake the opening of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel Academy. Our debt to him is large, our
gratitude will have us repay it by our prayers and daily sacrifices.
We wish him many blessings and success in his new apostolate
as District Superior of the United States. I was supposed
to stay at least two years longer in Belgium to finish my
term there. The nominations changed all!
It’s pretty certain: neither my origin, nor my work
experience favored that I be asked to come here. Ordained
in 1991, I passed long years in the Netherlands and in Belgium,
6 years in the boys school in Germany. For the first time
in June, I set my foot on the grounds of the “New World”.
Father Rostand tried to initiate his successor in his new
task. Everybody, everything is new and unknown: priests, faithful,
country, mentality, language, culture and distances…
My first concern was consequently to contact all the Society
priests working in Canada to get to know them all and to plan
the first visits. They will help me to discover this beautiful
and gigantic country as soon as possible and to introduce
me to you. From September 13th to 15th a first visit brought
me to the Maritimes, to say Mass in Miramachi and Halifax.
Some days later a one week stay at the priory of Calgary was
scheduled, to introduce myself to the three priests and to
the Calgarians, to visit the priory, John Bosco School and
the church of Rocky Montains House. The next visits will be
to the priory in Winnipeg in October, to Québec in
November and to Vernon in December. A first tour will be finished
before the end of the year!
Now that we’re approaching the celebration of All Saints’
and all Souls’ days let us think on about our lives.
The only reason of our being is to prepare ourselves for eternity.
Holy hope makes us aspire to go to heaven, where the Almighty
God invites his saints to contemplate what “eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the
heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that
love him.” (1 Cor. 2, 9)
Holy Church shows us the saints of all peoples and nations
who have already reached their eternal determination and who
participate in the everlasting glory of God. Their victories,
as different as they might be, encourage us to persevere in
the battle of life. The saints defeated Satan, themselves
and the world. Desiring more and more the intimacy with God,
contemplating day and night the divine mysteries, always following
the inspirations of grace, practicing admirably all kinds
of virtue, accepting and bearing with love their daily cross,
resisting temptations, heroes in generosity they are models
for us. Models, because they undertook the same adventure
and notwithstanding many defeats they never lost their goal.
They never stopped their course and finally achieved their
they could reach, we also can! Nobody may plea his own physical
or spiritual weaknesses, the difficult times of the crises
of the Church and excuse himself; nobody may pretend that
the saints received special talents or special graces and
had to become saints. They were men as we, sometimes better
than we, but sometimes also big sinners. The characteristic
difference between saints and us is their firm will to renounce
Satan and all his pomps and to collaborate consequently with
necessary for us? Souls who will not be satisfied with assistance
at Sunday Mass and the prayer of the daily rosary, for whom
it is not enough to move so as to make sure their children
can attend Catholic schools. All these acts are of outstanding
merit, showing our praiseworthy intention and are necessary
for sanctification. But true sanctity, based on these formal
acts, consists in the subsequent and incessant realization
of the faith. True Christian life represents not only several
acts such as morning prayer, being patient at work, being
a good father at home and taking care not to drink too much,
but is a permanent state. All our prayers, all the sacraments
we receive, all our good works – even though frequently
repeated – have but the value of passing acts. Sanctity
however can be compared to one’s physical life which
is governed by one’s breathing or by the beating of
one’s heart. These operations are not always consciously
viewed, but life is impossible without them.
even though not alluded to, works incessantly on the life
of the soul: it takes care to submit every movement of our
life to God, it unites the soul in the most different occupations
to its Creator and makes every separation and division impossible.
A saint is a saint every moment of his life, in all his activities,
everywhere and for everybody and sanctity imposes its desires
on our whole life, nothing excluded. A saint is for that reason
a saint in his prayers, but also in his work. He dresses conveniently
when he is attending Mass and he takes just as much care of
his decent outfit when he is doing sports. There is no difference
in language neither in church nor with friends.
Therefore we’ll work and pray: to obtain the grace that
sanctity will come into bloom in our communities. That the
priories will become houses of saints, our homes will be like
the little house of Nazareth, that strangers will admire our
churches, schools and homes saying: “Look, how they
love each other!”
my priestly blessing.
Fr. Juergen Wegner
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