samedi 24 décembre 2016

In honor of our OMV brothers in the Philippines

In honor of our OMV brothers in the Philippines 
Alex and Algie, our two Als

As we are about to celebrate one of the greatest joys of the year, the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ, I want to thank God for all his blessings towards our Religious Congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. On December 10th  2016, two OMV brothers have been ordained to the priesthood. They are the first OMV priests who have done their entire priestly formation in the Philippines. Congratulations to you dear Alex and Algie!

When we look at the photos put on this blog, what strikes us right away is the radiant joy we see on our OMV Oblate faces. This is why I share this blog with you today. The title of my blog is “ Dieu ma joie ” (“ God My Joy ”). I am deeply touched by any expression of true joy, of Christian Joy.

I see my Oblate Filipino Brothers as a great gift for our Congregation and a reminder of the importance of being  radiant witnesses to God’s Holy Joy.

Here is the Christmas Card we received from our Filipino Brothers; notice the joy in the colors and the text: 

And here is a video taken on the day of  Algie and Alex's ordination to the prieshood. If you don't have time to watch the whole video, please go towards the end as we see the two new priests giving their first blessings as ministers of Christ; and look at their smiles.  

Sacerdotal Ordination of Fr. Alex and Fr. Algie, OMV- Philippines ...
15 déc. 2016 - Ajouté par Jufel Alex Baldado
Sacerdotal Ordination of Fr. Alex and Fr. Algie, OMV- Philippines ... 2016 Ordination to the Order ... 

As sadness seems to be one of the caracteristics of the rich nations, joy is surely the caracteristic of the nations living in poverty. Yes Lord your words are so true: "Blessed (or "Happy") are the poor". 



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