“In a world of superficiality, in which pleasure is sought for pleasure and capricious hedonism, in a world where children are continually distracted by a thousand temptations and provocations, if a young person publicly chooses before the Church to want Jesus as the only one good of his life, one cannot help but rejoice, one cannot but experience the exultation of the spirit“: a small passage of the homily of Mons. Pasquale Mainolfi that well summarizes the” vocational “climate and of joy that characterized the fourth day of the novena.
On Sunday 22 September, in fact, the novices Felice Piemontese and Emanuele Marino issued religious vows for the first time; next to them the two seminarians, Pier Paolo Latini and Jarek Lechocinski, renewed them: in front of Fr. Raffaele Gadek, the young Michelitians expressed their desire and intention to entrust their lives to God in the service of the Church and of the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel, promising to observe the rules of poverty, chastity and obedience at the feet of the Angelic Patron.
A truly touching celebration, in which vibrant was the emotion of the consecrated and their parents and relatives: “We give thanks for the greatness of God, who has lowered himself on you, and for the beauty of the” yes “which, as Mary, Mother of all consecrated persons, you said before the Lord“the preacher added.
At the end of the Holy Mass, animated by the Parish “Sacred Heart of Jesus” of Monte Sant’Angelo – in which Felice lived and discovered his own vocation – the newly elected Provincial Superior confided that he too felt a “novice” and to have trembled “like a leaf before the mystery of God, accepting what he gave to you: the grace to be his“.
Great participation of the faithful who, together with the numerous Micheli priests and the parish priests of Monte Sant’Angelo, crowned this special moment that everyone understood and hoped to be a first step in the journey that will lead these children to receive the priestly seal.