A Happy Easter to all our friends and benefactors,
especially to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception in Goose Creek,
South Carolina. This picture of the Risen Christ located in the sanctuary
wall of their church, is particularly impressive and much in tune
with the perennial message of Easter, and as captured by our Founders: A.M.R.G.
April 9 has a special significance for the Adorno Fathers,
because it was on that day in 1589 that Augustine Adorno and
Francis Caracciolo made their Religious Profession in the chapel
of our Lady succure miseris in Naples. Because the day
was the Sunday after Easter and the liturgy was still celebrating
Christ's victory over death, our Founders chose the Resurrection
of Christ as their logo with the words" Ad Majorem Resurgentis Gloriam,
To the Greater Glory of the Risen Christ.
Christ rising from the dead is a strong sign for any christian.
For our Order in particular, He has been a sign of hope and
reassurance. "Do not be afraid," said Christ to the apostles
who struggled to keep the faith. He seems to be saying the same
thing today whether we face the challenges of preparing candidates
for future ministry in the church or of coping with the difficulties
of living, jobs, school...
The forces pulling us down are always there, but so is Christ
who 'has overcome the world.'