Many of you have asked about the special priest convocation that I attended recently. It was a very good experience. Thank you for your prayers; I believe God put them to good use. I know that it was a sacrifice to go with- out daily Masses during that week; God also put those sacrifices to good use. I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to make another such sacrifice from June 7th to 11th when I’ll be at the priest retreat in Mount Angel; God will put that sacrifice to good use as well.
The convocation in Portland was put on by an apostolate from Michigan called Acts XXIX (Acts 29). What happened in chapter 29 of Acts of the Apostles? Actually, there are only 28 chapters in Acts. Acts XXIX refers to us and how we are called to continue the mission of the Apostles of proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Four words that kept recurring throughout the presentations at this convocation were: created, captured, rescued, and response. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, I will try to unpack these for you and how they are what we need to know in order to proclaim the gospel. There is no set “program.”
The reason that the Archbishop asked us to pray the surrender novena is that as we go forward, we need to be trusting completely that God is the architect and our guide and that He will take care of everything.
Next Sunday is Pentecost, the day on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will once again descend upon the Church to guide, protect, and renew her.
Verso l’alto (To the heights),
Father Brent Crowe