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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
February 2002

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Dear friends and benefactors,

On the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jacinto Calibo (of Seattle, Washington, originally from the Philippines), having spent six months as a postulant, received the white habit of novices in the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. During this ceremony, he was given a new name to signify the leaving behind of his life in the world and embracing a new life as a holy religious.

Jacinto Calibo as Brother Mary Xavier. For the next year, he will be separated from the other seminarians and will undergo special training in the religious life, receiving particular instructions in the Constitutions and Rule of the Congregation.

As our seminary is uniquely dedicated to the Divine Maternity (Mater Dei, Mother of God), True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and Total Consecration as formulated by St. Louis de Montfort is recommended for our seminarians. On the same feast of the Purification, Johannes Heyne (of Ulm, Germany) and Micah Holland (of Los Angeles, California) took their Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary. For those not familiar with this consecration, it has been highly recommended by Pope Pius IX, Pope Leo XIII, Pope St. Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII.

In these difficult times for Holy Mother Church, we need the heavenly protection of the Blessed Virgin Mother of God to guard us from all the assaults of Satan and the legions of hell. If you have never heard of this consecration of St. Louis de Montfort, we highly recommend it as an important means of perseverance in the True Faith.

Finally, Lent is upon us and we should remember that this penitential season dates back to the Apostles and was established as a preparation for the greatest of all feasts — the Resurrection of Our Divine Savior. There is no better way to spend Lent than by meditating on the sufferings of Our Lord, for in the Passion of Christ, we begin to grasp the infinite love of God for us and the great wickedness of our sins.

This season also provides us with the opportunity of doing penance to atone for our past sins and to overcome present sins and temptations in our lives. In his letter entitled, “The Friends of the Cross,” St. Louis de Montfort lamented that many followers of Christ will spend a long time in purgatory in the life to come simply because they contented themselves with a few miserly penances during their sojourn on earth.

Let us always keep before us the words of the Psalmist, “...a contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”

May you have a grace-filled and sacrificial Lent!

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

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