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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
January 2002

Other articles in this newsletter:
Moral Theology: Friday Dinner with Non-Catholics


Dear friends and benefactors,

It is our sincere hope that this Christmas season has been grace-filled and full of peace, joy, and happiness for you and your loved ones.

For it certainly has been one for all of us here at Mater Dei Seminary. Our church has been magnificently decorated; the Christmas choir sang exquisitely; and those seminarians remaining at the seminary over the Christmas season have had a relaxing and enjoyable break from their studies.

God was good to us by granting us a nice cover of snow the Saturday before Christmas. There was just enough snow to provide a solid layer of white; however, it was not so much as to render the travel difficult for Fr. Gregory Drahman and me, as we each offer three Masses throughout Nebraska and Kansas on Sundays and Holy Days.

With the colder weather here, we have pulled out the ice skates for afternoon recreation to have a hearty game of hockey. This takes place at a nearby city pond, or else out in the country on a wide creek.

Christmas is also a time for reflection and meditation on the mystery of the Birth and Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Among the many themes and considerations upon which we can reflect this season is the one of the visitation of the shepherds (Luke 2) and of the Magi (Matt. 2). Both groups consisted of men of good will — men whose wills were conformed to the will of God. When the call of God came to them, they cooperated with His grace, and in so doing, were rewarded as the first adorers of the Divine Infant.

In contrast to the shepherds and the Magi, consider the inhabitants of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We read in the Gospel of St. Luke that when the shepherds returned from the manger and announced all they had seen and heard, “...the people wondered.” And this is all they did! When the Magi came to Jerusalem and asked where they could find the newborn King of the Jews, we read in the Gospel of St. Matthew that King Herod and all Jerusalem “...were troubled at these words.” Nevertheless, we do not read that the inhabitants of either city went to investigate the wonderful news concerning the birth of the long-awaited Messias. And why? Perhaps they were indifferent and too much involved in the cares of this world. They were troubled — and it ended there!

In our own times, people are very much the same. With a glance at the true Faith and the true Mass, they may wonder and they may be troubled. Yet they go no further. How few wise men there are today who seek and find Christ in their lives.

Let us daily thank God for having seen the star of the true Faith, for having cooperated with His grace, and for having found Jesus, no longer in the manger, but in the tabernacle of His love.

With our prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Other articles in this newsletter:
Moral Theology: Friday Dinner with Non-Catholics

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