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Thank you very much for everything!

Posted by Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE on June 09, 2014
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8th May 2014, Solemnity of Our Lady of Luján

Your Eminence,

We are very grateful that you wanted to celebrate with us this holy Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lujan, the patroness of our Institutes as declared by the Holy See. It is an occasion that is very dear to all of us. She was precisely the one whom Father Buela, when he was still a seminarian, used to ask for the grace to be able to guide many vocations in his priestly life. Today, this is reality and we, her sons and daughters do not want to let this feast pass without manifesting our acknowledgment and gratitude. In addition, this year this feast coincides with both the recent canonization of John Paul II, “Father” of our religious family, and with the celebration of our 10th anniversary since the ecclesiastical approval of our Institutes.

Our constitutions (# 119-121) indicate that the priest, above all, should be a father, because when he is ordained he is granted the wonderful mission of generating children. The constitutions also state that this spiritual paternity should be achieved through the cross, prayer, apostolic zeal, and preaching. For each and all of these reasons, Pope John Paul II has been and continues to be a true father to our small religious family.

In effect, this great Pope has brought us to life through his preaching. Our founder was inspired in his magisterium in order to forge our specific purpose and charism. Our Constitutions contain more than a thousand quotations of his magisterium, making him the most cited author after the Second Vatican Council, so that our religious nourish their souls with his teachings, both for their personal lives and for the apostolic works of the Institute. Certainly there is no doubt that John Paul II is our father, since he generated us with his doctrine.

He has generated us through his prayer, which he constantly raised to heaven during the days of his pilgrimage in this world, through which he has given us such beautiful example, as well as through the prayers that, we trust, he must be offering, now more than ever, on our behalf in heaven.

Lastly, He has generated us through his prodigious and indefatigable apostolic zeal, which in our case, through the eternal and unfathomable designs of God’s Providence, many times was tied up to the mystery of the cross.

Your Eminence, you know perhaps better than anyone, of the personal care that his Holiness Saint John Paul II had for our small group. It will always be an honor for us that a Saint Pope, has worked in such a singular way for our small religious family in its beginnings, thus leaving him somehow forever associated to us. The paternity of our beloved Pope has truly manifested itself as a participation of the Paternity of God, and has become for us a visible image of God our Father.

Most Reverend Eminence, as we remember and appreciate the gestures and actions of his holiness Saint John Paul II, we are led to express our appreciation to you, who have been closely linked to our approval by the explicit request of Pope John Paul II.

We thank God for giving us today the opportunity of thanking you in public. Many thanks for everything, your Eminence! Our religious family will always remember how much you have done for us. We always pray especially for you, when we pray for our spiritual and material benefactors. Thank you very much for everything!

We also are very grateful to his Excellency Bishop Lino Fumagalli for being with us at this feast which is so important to us. It is a source of joy to have you with us on this day that is dedicated to our Patroness. Thank you very much your Excellency.

We also want to acknowledge our gratitude to his Excellency Bishop Andrea M. Erba, who approved our Institutes. He wanted to be here with us today but unfortunately he was unable to come. Without any doubts he joins us in his prayer.

 

Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE

General Superior 

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A Star on the Path

Posted by Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE on June 09, 2014
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Homily of Cardinal Angelo Sodano,

Dean of the College of Cardinals,

In the Holy Mass celebrated for the Institute of the Incarnate Word

On the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Lujan

(Thursday, May 8, 2014, Montefiascone, Viterbo, Italy)

 

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Brothers and sisters in the Lord, my first words wish to express a cordial greeting to all of you united in this beautiful cathedral of Montefiascone on the feast of Our Lady of Lujan.

 

First of all, I want to greet the pastor and bishop of this beloved community, Bishop Lino Fumagalli, together with his collaborating priests.

 

A fraternal greeting arrives to all of you, dear brothers  and sisters of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, who today celebrate the feast of the holy Patroness of your worthy Institute, and desire to entrust yourselves to the maternal protection of Mary on the tenth anniversary of the canonical elevation of your religious family, which took place on a day precisely like today, the 8th of May in 2004.

 

Truly the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been a star that has guided the path of your Institute during these years, and therefore, it is right that in this feast so proper to the nation of Argentina, we give thanks to the Lord together for the gifts He has granted to us through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother.

 

Today in Italy Mary is also celebrated under the characteristic title of Our Lady of Pompeii, and of Our Lady of the Victories.

 

The titles change with how we want to honor her whom the Lord has given us as a Mother, but in reality, she is always the same. It is the reality of Mary present in the life of the Church, and therefore, in the life of every Christian who venerates her as Mother.

 

1)   Our Lady of Lujan

For you, dear religious of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the title of Our Lady of Lujan is very beloved.  It is a title that reminds you of the mysterious presence of Mary in the history of your nation.  Every Marian shrine is linked to some extraordinary event, an apparition, or a miraculous intervention of Mary.  In Saint Mary Major in Rome, the exceptional case of “the snow in August” is remembered, which marked the place where the Mother of Jesus wanted to be honored.  In Loreto, the extraordinary arrival of the Holy House of Nazareth is remembered.  In Lourdes, Fatima, and Guadalupe we remember the diverse apparitions of Mary.  In the case of Lujan we remember the extraordinary act of the oxen that were pulling the cart with the image of Mary that came from Brazil.  In Lujan they halted their course without wanting to continue, indicating Mary’s choice to the faithful in this way.

 

The largest Shrine in honor of Mary then arose in this place, a center of Marian piety for all of Argentina.  Among the hundreds of churches and chapels dedicated to the Mother of God, the Shrine of Lujan thus became a true center of Marian piety throughout the nation.  Today from Italy we want to unite ourselves to our brothers and sisters from Argentina in order to sing the glories of Mary with them and commend ourselves to her maternal protection.

 

Recently some theologians have questioned the reason why the number of apparitions and manifestations of Mary have increased in these last centuries.  The answer seems to be this: because religious indifference has grown, because men are tempted to forget the Christian sense of life; and Mary, as a mother, has received from God precisely this mission: that of calling her children so they return to the Lord.  The more evil increases in the world, the more the Mother wants to intervene in order to attain the salvation of her children.

 

In this sense, two theologians, Fathers Roggio and Perrella, have recently written a beautiful book, “Apparizioni e Mariofanie” (“Apparitions and Mariofanies”) with the publisher San Paul (Milan, 2012).  “When evil grows in the world-conclude these theologians-the loving presence of Mary grows in order to call her children to travel the road of good.”

 

2)   The message of the feast

Brother and sisters in the Lord, even the readings at Holy Mass want to help us understand the mystery of the presence of Mary in the life of the church well!

 

In the first reading we have listened to the prophet Isaiah who, already more than 700 years before Christ, was speaking of the radiant hope of the coming of the Savior so as to save the people of Israel.  Under this point of view, in the course of the centuries, the Church has always associated the Redeemer with his Holy Mother, invoking her as “Our Hope” in the well known prayer “Salve Regina”.

 

In the second reading, the Apostle Paul has invited us to give thanks to the Father who is in heaven for all of the gifts he has given us, and among these gifts, the Church has always placed in a particular place the gift of Mary as spiritual Mother of Christians and powerful mediator of grace.

 

Lastly, in the Gospel, the Apostle Saint John reminds us of the testament of Jesus on the cross when he entrusted Mary to us saying, “Woman, behold your son.”  That son was not only the Apostle John.  It was each one of us who was entrusted to his Mother.  Since then every Christian has always entrusted himself to her with a profound spirit of faith. Thus should it be, in a particular way, for all of you, dear religious of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, who have always united the love of Mary to the love of Jesus.

 

3)   The hour of gratitude

Dear religious of the IVE, in this beautiful Marian feast, you also want to give thanks to the Lord through Mary, His Mother, for the divine assistance to your religious family, remembering the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute and the ten years of its canonical elevation.

 

With you many of your friends who have come today to this Cathedral raise to the Lord the song “Te Deum”.  United to you is the bishop of this beloved Diocese of Viterbo-Montefiascone, who with love has received you here.  Many priests and faithful, religious brothers and sisters who work here in the vineyard of the Lord have united themselves to you.  To them I also wanted to unite myself, who from the first years of the foundation of the Institute have always followed your path though the commission of the great Pope John Paul II, now your protector in heaven.

 

4)   Conclusion

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, we then celebrate this beautiful festivity of Our Lady of Lujan with great joy!  In our prayers we particularly remember Pope Francis, a great devotee of Mary, who has made pilgrimages to the feet if the Mother of God in the Shrine of Lujan so many times.  We also remember all the religious of the IVE who work to extend the Reign of God in different parts of the world.  To Holy Mary we will confide all of the esteemed religious “Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara” who work in many fields of apostolate.

 

We will leave here with a renewed commitment to continue faithfully serving the Lord and to keep on working for the spread of His Kingdom.  Amen.

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Greetings of Fr. Carlos Walker on the feast day of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted by Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE on August 16, 2013
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Dear All in the Incarnate Word,

On the day of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the day in which we also recall the specific end of our Institute of the Incarnate Word, I send my regards to everyone with the desire that you are doing well.

I have attached a document t that I have prepared regarding the relationship that exists between love and the observance of the Constitutions and the personal sanctification and the apostolate of the religious, hoping that it will be of spiritual benefit to you. (Download here: El-Religioso-y-las-Constituciones)

I remember you in my prayers.

Wish you all a blessed day!

May Mary Most Holy grant us to be faithful to the mission that the Lord has given us.

 

Fr.  Carlos Walker, IVE

General Superior

 

 

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