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Adsum

Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
November 2005

Other articles in this newsletter:
   The Authenticity of St. Mark’s Gospel proved by the Dead Sea Scrolls
   Moral Theology:
      Assistance at Mass in the “Crying Room”
      Dispositions of Penitent


Dear friends and benefactors,

When Fr. Gregory Drahman, CMRI, Fr. Christopher Gronenthal, and I have traveled throughout the Midwest on week-ends for our Mass circuits, we have been blessed with an exquisite landscape of the autumn colors of yellow, red, orange, and gold trees. Although we experience this wonderful exhibit of God’s beautiful nature every year, this year seems to have been much more colorful than ever. Such autumns sure help to break up the monotony and grind of long hours on the road as we travel to offer Holy Mass in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas. As winter slowly creeps upon us, we only pray that the weather will cooperate with ourtravel plans so that we will not have to cancel Masses on Sundays, or get stranded out of state and not be back for our classes on Monday mornings.

Although traveling gets old and none of us have been called to the unique vocation of being “truckers,” the Catholic faithful we serve are such good souls that when we arrive at our destinations to provide for their spiritual needs, it seems that any fatigue or stress disappears.

On the feast of All Saints, I was thinking of the wonderful examples of the Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries in this country and the many hardships that they encountered in order to bring the true Faith to the native Indians. They traveled hundreds and hundreds of miles by horseback, canoe, or foot without all the conveniences of modern day living. Although our lives today proceed at a much faster pace, our way of life has so many modern luxuries which did not exist in earlier times. Air conditioned cars, with radios, cell phones, and rest stops with fresh coffee sure make traveling a lot less of an ordeal.

On the other hand, all of our priests, due to the circumstances in the Church, are called upon to fulfill many different responsibilities. Here in Omaha, besides being pastors of various churches and Mass centers, we operate a major seminary and an academy for K-12 grades. In this work we are greatly assisted by religious sisters and the seminarians, and without their support we could never maintain these various apostolates. My main concern is that our priests do not get over-extended nor spiritually burned out. The primary solution to this is to maintain our spiritual lives and to be faithful to our spiritual obligations. For it is only by the grace of God that our work will bear fruit and that the laborers will be sustained.

This all reminds us of the burning need for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. The harvest indeed is great and the laborers are few! Let us pray “the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest.”

During this month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, please be generous to offer prayers and sacrifices for the faithful departed, for as we read in the Old Testament in the second book of Machabees “it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from sins.” And there is no better way to assist them than by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Also let us take our Purgatory here on earth by patiently bearing our crosses in this life.

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



Other articles in this newsletter:
   The Authenticity of St. Mark’s Gospel proved by the Dead Sea Scrolls
   Moral Theology:
      Assistance at Mass in the “Crying Room”
      Dispositions of Penitent

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