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Friday, July 1, 2011

Message of the SOLT General Priest Servant on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

The following message was taken from Communio, the official publication of SOLT, Spring 2011 issue.

June 18, 2011, was the day when we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast reminds us of the most profound mystery of faith: God one and three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We all know that the Most Holy Trinity revealed himself in history. And in every age and epoch that God reveals himself, it is always a moment of grace, a moment of favor on the part of man. He is the Father who creates and loves, the Son who redeems and sacrifices, the Holy Spirit who inspires and strengthens.

Though man falls into sin, God continues to reveal himself: his love, his forgiveness, his fidelity, his unconditional love for humanity.

We can see clearly in our human history how God works in our midst. Though we continue to be unfaithful to him, God remains in his love, kindness and mercy. Jesus Christ our Lord continues to remind us to be perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect. Just as he said that the invisibility of the Father is now visible in him and also in the Church through the Holy Spirit who continues to guide her. Christ also wanted us to learn from him in order for us to be seen by the Father as Christ is. We are asked to follow him as his disciples of the present day and continue to be witnesses to the new generation of followers. We must remain in Jesus Christ, as John's gospel narrated, "Truly, truly, I say to you,” says the Lord, “he who believes in me will also do the works that I do” (Jn 14:12). We must always remember that Christ is the way, the truth and the life. We have to believe and live out this faith in Jesus. This is our faith and we need to proclaim this faith and witness it to the whole of creation. He mentioned as well that he is sending the Holy Spirit to remind us of this reality and will guide and help us in daily discernment in our lives in the midst of the challenges and pressing needs of this present world.

This is what the Vicars of Christ did and are doing. They are docile to the Holy Spirit's impulse guiding them to what Jesus Christ would want in the Church of the present times. We observed this in the life of Blessed Pope John Paul II and in his pontificate, so also with the current Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. In every age and time, God has given us shepherds who continuously guide his Church, in a every given time, in circumstances. God never fails in guiding his Church: in every moment there is always the fresh breath of the Holy Spirit, making the Church always rejuvenated, always strong!

In the Society of Our Lady we also have similar experiences. God has never abandoned us. Throughout the history of the Society, we have felt and we have seen how the hands of God molded us and guided us. Just in the recent past, with Bishop Edmond Carmody, God gave us a shepherd who has truly guided the Society. And with the present Bishop of the Principal Seat, Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey, it is my opinion that all his directions to us are a manifestation of God's hand again molding the Society. In every age, in every moment, God intervenes, and when he intervenes, it is always a moment of grace for the Society of Our Lady.

With the forthcoming Ordinary General Chapter, let us hope and pray that God reveals again to us His desire, His design for all of us. Let's hope that as one Family of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, we continuously move forward, always in the Service of Christ and His Church.

In Communion +,
Rev Fr Rogel B. Rosalinas, SOLT
General Priest Servant