Friday, July 01, 2011

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.....

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - the titular feast for the priest society of the Congregation of Holy Cross. When founding his community, Blessed Basil Moreau dedicated each society with the hope that through divine protection and providence the three societies might flourish and bear witness to the Holy Family. He wrote in his Circular Letter 20:

Above all, let us work with that strength, unity and clear understanding which come from mutual cooperation and the possession of all things in common. We must never lose sight of the fact that strength of numbers, joined with unity of aim and action, is the greatest of all strengths and is limited only by the bounds of the possible. Besides, it is this perfect unity which, with the aid of grace, I have tried to cement among the various members of our association by consecrating the priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the brothers to the Most Pure Heart of St. Joseph, and the sisters to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Thus, these three establishments, although separated by special dwelling places and special rules, will be united among themselves like the Holy Family, to which our future chapel will be dedicated.

On this feast of July 1, 2011 the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers officially merge with the Indiana Province. And from this merger comes a new name and a new website: United States Province of Priests and Brothers.

May God's Providence and the Divine Mercy which flows from the Most Sacred Heart guide and bless us.

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