Monday, February 1, 2016

Mass Offered Today for Seminarians

A Mass was offered today for all seminarians that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love.  Every month we have a Mass offered for this intention.  As our seminarians will be the future shepherds and our children are the future flock it seemed a beautiful way for the children to help. 
We would like to continue featuring a different seminarian each month.  Inviting them to share something of themselves.  A beautiful sharing of faith and love of Our Lord.
Br. Smith's renewal of vows on 8.15.2014
Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge MA

This month we would like to feature Br. David Smith MIC. He is in his third year of vows and is currently taking classes at the Seminary in Washington D.C., in the Seminary of the Dominican Friars. Br. Smith is originally from Southern California, USA.

Br. Smith shares, "I felt called to the Priesthood because I did hear the call of the Lord after going on some Pilgrimage trips to Israel and to Poland with Divine Mercy.  I was growing in prayer and going to Mass daily and Adoration from time to time outside work.  I also wanted to contribute more to the Church and give of myself to serve God within the Church.  Working in the world is good which is needed, but I felt that through the call and a personal inner desire to serve Christ more fully by giving myself more fully to God".

Br. Smith goes on to share, "I love the Blessed Mother, and I do pray for the poor souls in purgatory.  I am willing to help out where the need is greatest in the Church, and I have grown to understand the message of Divine Mercy more fully as well."

A favorite quote:
"One cannot contemplate Mary without being attracted by Christ, and one cannot look at Christ without immediately perceiving the presence of Mary". Pope Benedict XVI (Quote courtesy of "Under the Mantle of Mary" by Father Don Calloway.

Br. Smith has a love of the Rosary. He shares, "Praying the Rosary is powerful because we can all use the power of prayer especially when we call on the Blessed Mother to intercede for us. Also, when praying the Rosary it is beautiful to meditate and think about the life of Christ as we pray each mystery in Christ's life."  Br. Smith asks the children to "continue to keep us seminarians and religious in your prayers".

A special thank you to Br. Smith for sharing of himself and his faith with the children.  

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