At the end of the school year, seminarians look forward to their apostolic works. Usually, these apostolates are done in a parish setting. By God’s grace, these future priests anticipate what will happen. They are excited about their specific tasks and happy to meet new faces, to be working with different people.
Last summer, I was assigned together with Brother Sannie and Brother Francis at St. Michael Parish, a parish in a rural area, in Jala-Jala, Rizal, close to the province of Laguna. There were so many things that needed to be done, for a month’s worth of time. We had many proposals which needed to be talked over with the parish priest. As I was pondering how we could ever accomplish all of these, I remembered a line from the Jesuit scholastic, Richie Fernando, who died during his apostolate in Cambodia.
Do not be idle for a moment, but always pray, study, and do good works.
- Ven. Pio Bruno Lanteri
Br. Robert Andrew C. Soco, OMV
O Father, fountain of all life and holiness you gave Fr. Pio Bruno Lanteri great faith in Christ, you Son, a lively hope, and an active love for the salvation of his brethren. You made him a prophet of your Word and a witness to your Mercy. He had a tender love for Mary and by his very life he taught fidelity to the Church.
Father, hear the prayer of your family and, through the intercession of Fr. Lanteri, grant us the grace for which we now ask...... May he be glorified on earth that we may give you greater praise.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.