On the Road

Imitating the Virtues of Christ in His Passion

Written by: Denise Serafini on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Presenting “Call from the Crucified Heart” in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Torrington, CT on March 5 gave us the opportunity to consider the message Christ has for us in manifesting the visible evidence with the associated pain and suffering of His crucifixion in the poor and humble Franciscan from Assisi. In order to do that we have to look more carefully inside, to the interior life of a Christian disciple who wished nothing more than to follow in the footprints of Christ. The very essence of the physical stigmata that appeared externally on Francis's body was reflective of his interior conformity to the lived example of Jesus Christ. He was consistently meditating on the life and Passion of Christ. It has been said that no one else in history was as dedicated as Francis to imitate the life, and carry out the work of Christ, in Christ’s own way. The “Call from the Crucified Heart” is a meditative experience that leads you through each step Christ’s Passion. It calls each of us to consider the great love that the Father has for us in sending His Only Son to suffer and die for our salvation. Moreover, it challenges us to look within, see how each of us does or does not bear the marks of Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds. As we progress in the meditations through each element of His Passion in our program, we can see all the virtues Jesus exemplified in praising the Father, forgiving his enemies and literally pouring himself out for our salvation. We are expected to imitate all the virtues Christ demonstrated in his crucifixion just as St. Francis did.

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Shared Missions and Principles

Written by: Denise Serafini on Friday, March 10, 2017

On Saturday, February 11 we had the privilege of kicking off our 2017 tour season in a private event with members of the Legion of Mary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, CT. Because of their status as an apostolate dedicated to Jesus through Mary and our dedication of this year’s activities in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, we felt it appropriate to ask them to serve as the first group of the prayerful faithful for our inaugural presentation of “Call from the Crucified Heart: A program with Relics of the Passion”. The similarities exemplified in the principles upon which the the Legion carries out its mission turned out to be significantly similar to the principles built into the prayers and meditations we have for our general program. That concept drove the decision to launch our inaugural event in consort with them. We are indeed grateful to the Litchfield Curia members of the Legion of Mary for allowing us to share our program with them in a prayerful event that sets the tone for all of the events we will have in 2017. We ask the Legion of Mary members to remember us in their prayers and offer sacrifice for the successful promotion of Christ’s Passion and Our Lady sorrows in the most significant event that marks the roots of our faith. We plan to do the same for the Legion of Mary as each of the members of our respective organizations press on in faith to do his will.

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A New Year - A New program

Written by: Denise Serafini on Friday, January 20, 2017

The Year of Mercy was certainly a year full of wonderful events that were hosted at many parishes, retreat centers, shrines and convents. More than 30,000 people had the opportunity to engage in our meditative program and venerate our Relics of the Passion collection in our travels across 15 states. More than 10,000 individuals added our program of meditations on Christ’s road to Calvary to their collection of prayers for ongoing devotion to His Passion. We couldn’t have been more blessed. Our new program for 2017 is entitled, "Call from the Crucified Heart". It is designed to highlight a facet of what we believe Christ’s message is to us from various scenes during His Passion. We have also made exposition of the Holy Eucharist a required part of the meditative portion of our presentation, to underscore that time-transcending gift that connects us from His Passion to His Presence with us today. As a tribute to Our Lady of Sorrows, and in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, our program also highlights a perspective on Mary as she accompanied Jesus on the path to Calvary.

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