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Press Release – Apostolic Vicariate of San Miguel de Sucumbios

On Wednesday, May 11th in Quito, the administration of the Vicariate had a meeting with Bishop Ángel Polivio Sánchez, Bishop of Guaranda, secretary of the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference and Pontifical Delegate for the Apostolic Vicariate of San Miguel Sucumbíos. In this meeting the painful economic situation that the Vicariate is in was discussed, and the critical situation of “Radio Sucumbíos, which legally belongs to the Catholic Church in Sucumbíos.
The lack of means to continue to maintain about 20 employees of Radio Sucumbíos that cost just over 12 thousand dollars a month and the lack of income for the radio itself to mantain them have forced a series of administrative measures to be taken. Indeed, in 2010 the Radio ended with a deficit of 27 thousand dollars and a labor lawsuit that has persisted since the previous administration for $ 28 000. And the outlook for 2011 is that there will be 80 thousand dollars of deficit.
The main concern of the administration of the Vicariate was that there was no interruption in the activities of the Radio, given the important role that has always been in favor of the people. And the only way I found to keep running the radio was to promote the reduction of staff, and replacing employees with volunteers.
Consequently, the administration of the Vicariate of Sucumbíos proceeded today to personally hand over a memorandum to dismiss employees of the radio. And despite having been peaceful and calm and after I had expressed in a meeting with them this situacion, they not only have not accepted this provision, but have called a few supporters who have acted illegally to take the radio and proceeded to expel the representatives of the Vicariate with physical attacks and insults.
The procedure the Administration used is the legally established one, since the memos to notify employees, have been signed by the legal representative, Bishop Angel Polivio Sanchez . Wages of April were complete, and were offered a check in settlement until the present date with summary dismissal, with everything according to the law, previously established by the Labour Inspectorate. Yet, employees not only refused to sign the dismissal, but alleged a presumed illegality of the procedure, and even rejected the same checks that were offered.
The Vicariate Administration officials now seek the compliance of the law. The aim of the new administration is to keep the radio with all the social support made through voluntareers, religious and less employees, so as to allow to mantain it from the economic point of view.

Nueva Loja, May 16, 2011


Catholic Youth

God grants His children some rest from arduous work and studies.While we can never stop advancing towards the goal, legitimate rest gives us energy to go forward with more energy than before, for His glory, in the service of Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Church.If we serve Him with all our heart and capabilities we will better know that joy of having fulfilled our duty and having that smiling gaze of Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary upon us.

Sed fons ascendebat e terra, irrigans universam superficiem terræ

Sed fons ascendebat e terra, irrigans universam superficiem terræ


Thabor – Elevation and Discipline II

…continued from previous post

Man is both body and soul. The angels shine contemplating God and singing His praises in pure spirit, but man with his body as well. His actions, every beat of his heart should give glory to God.

Man in Paradise had a perfect nature. All he did was orderly and pleasant to God.  But with original sin, the situation changed …with labor and toil shall you eat thereof all the days of your life… (Genesis 3:17)

No longer are all things in man subject to God’s will.  Man is burdened by disorderly passions. He must fight against inclinations towards evil, as he was cursed to a fallen nature.

“For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.

Oh how we are subject to that just sentence! At every instant our flesh calls us despise the law written in the bronze of our souls! Even worst, not only the flesh, but the Devil and the World conspire against our salvation, against our union with God! How can we maintain our minds in Heaven when our feet are dragging?

Of course, for man that is impossible. Only with God’s grace can man stably practice the 10 commandments.  St. Thomas teaches us that while a man is capable of doing some ethical or moral good, supernatural good is only with His Grace.

But graces come in many forms.  To simplify,  we’ll use an example used a lot demonstrate the difference between  sufficient grace (gratia mere sufficiens) and  efficacious grace (gratia efficax).

Sufficient graces are those that give the person the possibility to do good.

A man who wants to cross a river needs a boat, oars and the strength to do so.

It is analogous to a man who wants to practice good. He needs grace. God gives it.

But when the current is stronger than normal?  When the task at hand is so much more difficult than the common situation? More help is needed.

There God not only gives you oars, but He shall push the boat towards the goal.

Of course, man always has free will, but isn’t it hard to row against a hurricane of graces?

When God sends His winds, at most you need to open the sails to reach the goal. Sometimes not even that.  How many wonderful stories about mystics could we tell? They saw the most sublime things, as if ascended into Heaven. But not only they, but every person, at one point in their lives, was subject such a grace, in a greater or lesser degree.

But the journeys of a Catholic are not always full of winds that push towards the Heavens. How many times have we found ourselves in a dark night, and the boat slipping from our control?

Does God abandon us? No, absolutely not! Does the mother abandon the child when she puts the child down from her arms and gives it her hand as it may walk on its own feet? No, God helps us in the same way, as we may be strengthened. He shall always be there.  Even St. Paul begged God to take Him in His arms as the mother takes child the child and carries it where she wishes and protect it. But the Lord told him, as we read in 2 Corinthians 12:    My grace is sufficient for you: for power is made perfect in infirmity.

This is where discipline comes in. Our small contribution to the action of grace. A man must put order into his life in so that he may triumph over his worst enemy: himself.  To defeat all his evil inclinations he needs both grace and a bit of effort (Or sometimes a lot!) . “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” – St. Augustine.
He needs to make efforts to strengthen his will.  Waking up early and having schedules to follow make a Herald use his time wisely and efficiently.  Practicing ceremonials, be it for mass or the muster of the Credo before classes or even the cortege from dinner to Complines,  helps the body discipline its movements to make them dignified movements yet leaving the mind open to reach the highest contemplations that grace proportions when we are properly disposed for them. If angels had bodies… imagine it…we want to imitate them!

Columns of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Heralds of the Gospel during the singing of the Creed before classes
Discipline is not only work. Everything helps a young herald always with enthusiasm to love, know and serve Our Blessed Mother and Her Divine Son!

Discipline is not only work! Everything helps a young herald be always with enthusiasm to love, know and serve Our Blessed Mother and Her Divine Son!

Cortege to enthrone the Child Jesus before the Christmas feast

Washing dishes,  cleaning, exercise, silence, early wake-up, lights out, drills, music practice, Marian missions (will be the subject of future posts), parish duties, community admonishments, chapters of faults, studies, strong reading habits and being expected to always do everything with a love for perfection creates habits that end up forming ideas, that then forms mentalities and finally forms saints.   All this next to an intense spiritual life make a seminarian ready for anything and willing to go and do anything that Holy Church needs of him. At a young age, obedience already becomes way of life, making him capable of things others aren’t. Living in community, having to follow an Ordo of Customs (again, we hope to write on it later) and constantly having to dominate their will and put it the hands of another make a seminarian be ready for those times that God hands us “just an oar” to give us merits.  These habits end up being connatural to the person, allowing him to fly when life weights down. Without discipline, when aridness begins to ail a soul, it succumbs and is incapable of elevating the minds to God. When God sends His winds to push us towards  great things and great horizons to Put out into deep water” (Luke 5:4 ) it is easy to elevate your mind towards Him.  But when He wants us to suffer the apparent abandonment as He Himself suffered to make us grow, we need to be ready for it. An athlete who wants to win a race can’t rely on having a “good day” . He has to train for it. The path towards sanctity is not always full of  bright skies and and soothing winds.  Sometimes it goes through dark knights and heavy storms. With discipline, overcoming those trials, always with God’s grace, becomes possible, being able to always keep the celestial objective in sight and on the path towards it.

Let us  all discipline ourselves, above all in our prayer life, so we can one day with great joy say:  I have fought a good fight: I have finished my course: I have kept the faith!


Working

Working

Making pizza on Sundays!

Making pizza on Sundays!

Working with wood with our Master Carpenter!

Working with wood with our Master Carpenter!

Always seeking Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, be it with the greatest consolations or the most challenging aridity

Always seeking Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, be it with the greatest consolations or the most challenging aridity


A quick video of Thabor during Christmas

    It is a really nice video of scenes around the seminary.
    It is in Portuguese, but the spoken part is minimal as it is mainly scenes.
    Enjoy!


Thabor – The Heralds of the Gospel’s International Seminary

Tabor at an angle

Tabor at an angle

The classrooms and the courtyard

The classrooms and the courtyard during Christmas

Tabor (Thabor in Portuguese) is the name of the international seminary of the Heralds of the Gospel (The Society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right Virgo Flos Carmeli).    It comprises the Major Seminary, Minor Seminary,  Church and TV studios of the Heralds of the Gospel.

It is the main place where our future priests  and consecrated receive their formation. In here they will not only study theology, philosophy and other ecclesiastical disciplines, but will formed into holy men. In a life full of prayer and study, guided by discipline and love of perfection they learn to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)”

At the Major Seminary, St. Thomas Aquinas,  the young Heralds study the Church disciplines, always  with a particular love for the  via pulchritudinis. At the minor seminary, young aspirants begin their steps in the religious life with joy, starting from middle school to high school.

The Heralds of the Gospel always strive for the elevation of man to God through beauty and splendour. That is a keynote to Tabor. Everywhere and at all times is the young seminarian/novice surrounded by a an ambiance that elevates him towards contemplation.  In a life full of ceremonials, the young Herald already begins to participate in the joys of the angels and saints in Heaven, feeling the peace God gives when we are in search of Him.

From dinner to Complines

From dinner to Complines

We wanted show you this wonder to let you participate in our joy. If you ever find yourself in São Paulo, Brazil, come visit us!

This is a first post on Tabor and we hope to post more. We’ ll be putting things on the daily life and activities of the Heralds of the Gospel in Thabor and Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

The pictures are all thanks to our seminarians there who run a blog on the seminary. Please visit them! thabor.blog.arautos.org

 


New group of the Shrine Apostolate coordinated by kids

On January 2, in the celebration of the First Saturday devotion, a new group of the Apostolate of the Shirne was formed. Blessed by the Rev. Fr. Michael Greer, pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Miami, the group has the particularity that it will be coordinated by kids. This ceremony took place the First Saturday preceding the Missionary Childhood Day celebrated today on the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

For more information on the Apostolate of the Shrine in Miami and general please call 1-305 238 2435. Please visit www.heralds.us and click on the top where is says “Shrine”.

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