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Lenten Greetings!

from the Provincial's desk


Rev. Gregory Hoppough, CSS, Superior ProvincialDear Friends of the Stigmatines,

Once again, the Church invites us to the annual celebration of Holy Lent. Devoted to the Sacred Stigmata, we Stigmatines find Holy Lent to be a particular time for prayer and reflection on our Lord's generosity and mercy. It is a time to realize more deeply that "God Alone Suffices." In this regard, the famous spiritual writer, Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704), states:

"Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied" (John 14.8). God alone suffices, and all we need to possess him is to see him, because in seeing him, we see all his goodness, as he himself explained to Moses: "I will make all my goodness pass before you" (Exodus 33.19). We see all that attracts our love, and we love him beyond all limits. Let us join Saint Philip is saying with all our heart, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." He alone can fill all our emptiness, satisfy all our needs, content us, and make us happy. (see: Meditations for Lent, Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, New Hampshire, p. 10).

What an important reflection for the Lenten Season. All our penances and sacrifices during Holy Lent are for one purpose: to secure us in that important spiritual principle: "God Alone Suffices."

The Stigmatines pray for this grace - for you and themselves. May this Holy Season be an instrument for us all to enable us to focus our attention on God - and please Him in our "...taking up the Cross daily and following" (Luke 9.23) in the footsteps of His only Son, our Savior.

Thank you for visiting our website. May the Holy Season of Lent bring you many blessings.

Sincerely in Christ,

The Stigmatine Fathers of Holy Spouses Province



Last Updated: February 13, 2015