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Wednesday

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you” (Matthew 6:6).

As we begin our Lenten journey toward Easter, we invite you to join us on a little retreat. We’d like to offer you a few minutes of quiet and reflection in the midst of our busy world.

Each week during Lent, redemptorists.net will feature a written reflection on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. Each one will try to offer some insight into what God’s Word might mean for our Lenten journey today. New reflections will be posted on Wednesdays. Click here to read this week’s reflection.

On the same page with the written reflections, you’ll find Lenten audio talks preached by Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province.

We hope these offerings will help you on your spiritual walk through Lent and lead you to a joyful Easter. May Our Mother of Perpetual Help be with us along the way.

Tuesday

As we begin our annual Lenten journey toward Easter, we know that the dark, cold days of winter are almost at an end. On the other side of Lent the world around us will begin to burst into new life and dazzling colors, a brilliant reminder of God’s glory.

We invite you to share with someone you love the joy of this new springtime, and the joy of the new life given to us with Jesus’ resurrection. Share the gift of prayer this Easter with one of our Mass enrollment cards. You and the person you enroll will share in the blessings of an octave of Masses, beginning Easter Sunday, celebrated by the Redemptorists in front of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Rome.

Please click here to view our selection of Easter Mass enrollment cards.

We’re grateful for your donation, which supports the Redemptorists’ work with the poor and most abandoned.

May Our Mother of Perpetual Help guide you on your Lenten journey and lead you to a joy-filled Easter.

Monday

Bishop Elliott Thomas, a Redemptorist Oblate and bishop emeritus of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was honored recently as the first recipient of the Keys & Sword Award. The award is given in recognition of extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication to the diocese.

Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province began serving in the Virgin Islands in 1858, and served in St. Thomas until the late 20th century. Fr. Alfred Bradley, Baltimore vicar provincial, attended the awards dinner and offered a message of congratulations to the retired bishop. Fr. Bradley served for eight years as Bishop Thomas’ vicar general.

The honor of Redemptorist Oblate is bestowed on individuals who have shown a deep commitment to the Redemptorists’ mission to the poor and most abandoned.

We congratulate Bishop Thomas on his award and pray for his continued faithful service.

(Pictured from left: Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral; Deacon Moldonaldo; Gov. John de Jongh Jr., governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands; Bishop Emeritus Elliott Thomas; Very Rev. Alfred Bradley, Baltimore provincial vicar; Bishop Herbert Bevard, bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas. / Photo courtesy of Earle Ottley, Office of the Governor, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Thursday

Four busloads of students and chaperones from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD, gathered at 5 a.m. January 22 and departed promptly at 6 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life.

Accompanied by Redemptorist Father Eric Hoog, the group gathered at the Verizon Center prior to the march for the annual Rally for Life. They joined 20,000 other young people from all over the country for songs, speakers, prayer, and video presentations, all of which were displayed on the large video monitors throughout the arena.

After praying the rosary together and participating in Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the St. Mary’s contingent made its way to the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, joining thousands of other people, to await the start of the march toward the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court.

“Around 2 p.m. the huge group of marchers who had attended the rally on the Mall approached our group and swelled the ranks,” Father Hoog said. “We then marched down Constitution Avenue and passed the Supreme Court. Our group paused by the Supreme Court for a few minutes of prayer before we boarded the buses back to Annapolis.”

“There were about 300,000 marchers that day, and it was a tremendous witness to the basic human value of the sanctity of life.”

Friday

Baltimore Provincial Patrick Woods recently traveled to Brazil to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Campo Grande Province. Several American Redemptorists from the Baltimore Province continue to serve there, and according to Father Woods, their legacy is a visible one:

“They couldn’t stop the long passes from Sheridan to Crotty. He would throw the ball so hard and fast and Crotty would score easily.”

Perhaps, you may think I am speaking about my beloved Jets or the upcoming Super Bowl. Actually, I was standing on the second floor balcony of the rectory at Aquidauana, Brazil. I had the honor of hearing the senior missionary in the Congregation (I can’t believe there could be another man in the Congregation in his late 90s saying four Masses on a weekend).

We were overlooking a large concrete basketball court. (Father) Giles Gardiner was reminiscing with (Father) Ed Faliskie and myself. He told us that (Father) Pat Sheridan had built the court and organized a fabulous basketball program for the young people of the town. Occasionally, the Redemptorists would take on some of the older players, and Pat would win the rebounds and fire the ball down the court to (Father) Vin Crotty for a lay-up.

Giles pointed to a mountain that looked to be four miles away and told us about a mother who gave birth to twins in her village home. One lived, but the other was still-born and the mother’s life was in danger. He told us that the Redemptorists had the only Jeep in town, so he drove up to the home and brought the mother to the hospital. Her life was saved.

As I listened to this story that happened maybe more than 50 years ago, I could still hear the sadness in his voice for the lost child, but a joy that the mother had been saved. He pointed into the distance and told us that he and others would go out on horses for a month at a time to visit the people and bring them the sacraments. The priests would bathe in the rivers and wash their clothes and stay at the homes of anyone who would offer hospitality.

As he told us those stories, it was as if he were a young priest in his first days again. He has the heart of a missionary and we can be so proud of him and our Province that has brought forth such heroic men.

When I saw (Fathers) John Hennessy, Bill Tracy, Giles Gardiner, and Dick Blissert (the longest serving Americans in the Campo Grande Province) being called up to the altar and receiving a long, standing ovation, I was filled with pride.

When I heard the stories of Fathers Mohr and Hild and the challenges they faced as the first two pioneers to go to Brazil in 1930, I was amazed at what they had done. Seeing the Redemptorists’ churches, the rectories, the schools in the State of Mato Grosso, was to know we were walking in the steps of zealous and bold men. To see so many young priests and brothers was to know the mustard seed our men had planted has grown to be a great tree of life.

After I saw the movie Saving Private Ryan, I wanted to thank a World War II veteran.
After seeing the movie Backdraft, I wanted to honor firemen.
After seeing the movie Rocky, I wanted to congratulate all the underdogs of the world.
After seeing the movie Field of Dreams, I wanted to have a game of catch with my dad.
After seeing the movie Invincible, I wanted to meet Nelson Mandela.
After visiting Mato Grosso, I praise God for the all the foreign missionaries of the Baltimore Province both past and present.

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