Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Operation Fiat

The Marianists of the Province of Meribah hosted their Spring Operation Fiat last evening at the Chaminade-Mineola Community. The Chapel was filled to capacity with Marianists and students from our high schools interested in learning and exploring a Marianist Religious vocation.

After Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer a theme for the evening was explored by Brother Stephen.  He spoke how we must be utterly possessed by Christ, utterly impassioned by His love and grace, utterly ablaze with His power and glory. Every earthly part of our being must glow with God's fire divine. As at Pentecost, the apostles were set ablaze. So we too, ask the Holy Spirit to descend upon us anew! Set us ablaze, Lord, set us on fire!

And we prayed:

Come, O Creator Spirit, come,
and make within out heart thy home;
to us thy grace celestial give,
who of thy breathing move and live.

O Comforter, that name is thine,
of God most high the gift divine;
the well of life, the fire of love,
our souls' anointing from above.

Our senses with thy light inflame,
our hearts to heavenly love reclaim;
our bodies' poor infirmity
with strength perpetual fortify.

Our mortal foes afar repel,
grant us henceforth in peace to dwell;
and so to us, with thee for guide,
no ill shall come, no harm betide.

May we by thee the Father learn,
and know the Son, and thee discern,
who art of both; and thus adore
in perfect faith for evermore.

These four questions of Blessed John Paul II were suggested that all reflect on after our Operation Fiat:

What will you do with your life?
What are your plans?
Have you ever thought of committing your existence totally to Christ?
Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?