Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Luke 14:1-7-11 Christ is Life

Luke 14: 1-6 Life is Christ

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It was late in the evening of December 23rd, 2003 when we were all gathered together for our final talk. We were 44 deacons, about to be ordained Roman Catholic priests of Christ. With all my heart, I truly believe it is the greatest honor any human being could be given! No greater love than this, to lay down your life for ones friends.

After ten long years in formation and having surpassed so many difficulties, trials and doubts, I was finally getting ordained. We were all excited. Our families had just arrived for the event. Even a group of students from the school I was leading had just arrived from Michigan. What a blessing and what an honor. Our original group had shrunk from 150 men to 45. Sometime during our eight days of silent spiritual exercises, one deacon had dropped out. Tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, our total gift to Christ would be complete.

Emotions were running high. All of us had not seen our parents in years. Others, had parents that were elderly and fragile. Some were missing loved ones. Still others were severely ill - in terminal states - battling for their lives. But they had all made it to Rome. Tomorrow we would see them for the first time since their arrival. Only one meditation remained and then we would be off to bed. We were all thrilled to be together. We could not wait to see our families. We were very enthusiastic, proud and vane!

Then the retreat master spoke. I will never forget his words. “I am sure you are all excited for tomorrow. You will be ordained priests. The celebrations will begin. The joy will be immense. The congratulations, the invitations, the respect and admiration will be nonstop. Your families will be very proud of you. But I do not want you to forget. Always remember. Tomorrow morning, bright and early, you will be crucified with Christ.”

We were silent.

The smiles disappeared, our giddiness had vanished. We were like marble statutes, constructed in our minds and of ourselves, and they had been toppled. He had brought us back to reality; to ground zero. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” He had destroyed our Twin Tower! He had sunk our Titanic – the ship that “not even God could sink!”

He went on and on. I don’t even remember the rest of what he said. But I do remember his final statement. “If you are not ready for this, if you have any doubts, if you will not be faithful to your vocation till the end of your life, then don’t do it. There is still time left to turn back. Don’t worry, we will come up with some excuse for your family. They will understand.” That was the evening that one deacon, one brother, had decided not to get ordained. So close.

The words of St. Paul ring true to all those who follow the Lord: unconditionally, unfailingly and unromantically. Life is Christ, and death is gain. (Phil 1:21)

Today, let us pray for an increase in vocations - holy vocations - men and women of God, committed to serving the Lord in Truth, Love and Humility.


  1. Dear Fr. Alfonse,

    Thank you for your beautiful meditation! And how beautiful that you became Christ for the world on Christmas Eve!!

    I give thanks for all 150 men in you group who were even willing to enter the seminary and seriously discern God's will for them. Even though many of them did not become priests I am sure they will be better husbands, fathers and men of God just from their experience in the seminary and because they were willing to seek God's will.

    I offer up special prayers for all priests, religious, deacons and those discerning these vocations.

    There is a beautiful meditation about priests written by Father Henri Dominique Lacordaire, O.P.

    “To live in the midst of the world
    with no desire for its pleasure…
    To be a member of every family yet belonging to none…
    To share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds…
    To daily go from men to God to offer Him their petitions…
    To return from God to men to offer them His hope…
    To have a heart of fire for charity and
    a heart of bronze for chastity…
    To bless and be blest forever, O God,
    what a life and it is yours,
    O Priest of Jesus Christ!”

    Thank you Fr. Alfonse for your "Yes" to God and for bringing Christ to us through the Sacraments and through your service to all those you encounter each and every day. You tirelessly give of yourself and for this you will be rewarded greatly.

  2. Thank you for answering...and accepting the call of the Lord. Know that you and all priests are prayed for daily by me and my family. God bless you.


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