February 21st, 2015
A Message From the Rector
Dear Friends of the Lord:
Pope Francis in his Lenten Message challenges us Christians to avoid the temptation of “indifference.” Sometimes we may feel powerless to confront some of the major challenges of today. But with God, all things are possible. As we see the horrors of terrorism around the world, we Christians are equipped with the power of prayer. We also conjoin our penitential practices to the sufferings of Our Lord who “makes all things new.”
This Spring many of our seminarians will be ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ and to his diaconate. We celebrate the victory of God’s love as these men are prepared to serve God’s people. Lent is a special season for seminarians as they purify their hearts and minds to hear the Word of God, to embrace it, and to live it. The formation program here at Notre Dame Seminary considers most practically the theology and practice of the new evangelization. We are preparing future priests who will not be indifferent to the opportunities to bring the love of God into people’s lives as well as to confront the darkness that attempts to quell the light of God’s Kingdom.
And so, let us pray this Lenten Season inspire in all of us a more deliberate way for us to live faith. Jesus promises – “Blessed are the pure of heart, they shall see God.” May our Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and prayer purify us to the people God has created us to be and the Christian our world so desperately needs.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Father James A. Wehner, STD