Written by: Denise Serafini on Monday, June 05, 2017
The name "Viator", in Latin, means preacher. Viator was a lector or catechist at the cathedral of Lyons, and was held in high esteem by the then bishop and the faithful. Viator made a decision to follow his bishop and mentor, Justus to Egypt to live as a hermit. Both died at the monastery of Scetes, present-day Wadi El Natrun.
The Viatorians have a special love for the Word of God, as it is read, interiorized, shared, and celebrated. This Word is the real basis of their spiritual life. They use the Word as the source for a lively interest in liturgical life and the Holy Eucharist. In it, they find the source of accomplishment for their personal relationship with the Lord and of their communion with the People of God. They celebrate the Eucharist daily and foster a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Their charism and spirituality is centered on the Viatorian Community motto, “Adored and Loved be Jesus”.
This event was especially well-attended. We had a pretty full church at the start of the program but I noticed a number of people straggling in during the final 2 meditations. It seems that they had been at a prayer Cenacolo and decided to come spend time with the relics as soon as their prayer event concluded. They wanted one last opportunity to spend time with the relics before they left for Denver.
We had a full contingent of support from the Knights of Columbus and I was particularly touched by Sir Knight Rick, who is a proud parishioner at St. Viator’s. He had a heavy hand in organizing this event and he assured that every detail was addressed. He attended all of our events in Las Vegas but you could see this one was something very close to his heart. One of the things I learned about these great examples of men in service to the Church is that they participate in an average of 25 events a month. Their schedule is always full. They support ordinations, installations for deacons, confirmations, First Holy Communions, special feast days and holiday celebrations. They also commit their time to charitable entities and support the pro life activities and organizations throughout the area. We stand in awe of their committed and consistent efforts in support of our Church and solid Catholic principles for a culture of life.
This was the last event we had in Las Vegas. In some ways I was truly sad to be leaving. When we come to Las Vegas we are accommodated by my brother in a town about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. He is a wonderful host and takes special care of us, providing the comforts of his home in a way that we could never get in a hotel setting. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for all of his help and support to make our stay one of the best on the tour. May God bless him greatly for all his efforts to assure that the Relics of the Passion make their way throughout Las Vegas with him as our guide.
I do hope our program lives up to the standards of the Viatorian motto. Although our program traces Our Lord’s steps to Calvary while highlighting Christ’s message is to us from various scenes during his Passion, we include exposition of the Holy Eucharist as a part of the meditative portion of our presentation. The purpose is to underscore that time-transcending gift that connects us from His Passion to His Presence with us today. We ask the attendees at our events it use the meditative and prayerful elements of our programs along with a personal encounter with the Holy Relics to allow the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to speak to their heart so they might experience the great love that God shares with us in the Passion of his Son. We join the Viatorians in proclaiming “Adored and Loved be Jesus.”