would you estimate to be the greatest benefit of the all
it be the saving of a thousand souls for every person making
the vigil? Would it be personal conversions liket that of
Ben DeGuzman? Or a personal spiritual transformation like
that of Luina Capalla? Would it be the ever incresing spiritual
strength from each vigil, even each Holy Hour, with passing
years to the very dawn of Heaven as in the case of Father
Dietz and his housekeeper?
are about to read of benefits beyond what you might even
have begun to imagine.
truly touches me as a bishop is how these monthly vigils
have so tremendously affected the lives of our priests who
have become involved.
Priest told him:
the vigil Communion of Reparation I have grown to value
deeply the Eucharistic-centered life-style. I have come
to realize as never before that the real meaning of our
Holy Orders is to safeguard the presence of the Eucharist
here on earth. Through the vigil I have learned the beauty
of victimhood essential in living a Eucharistic life-style.
With 83 countries today legalizing abortion, how many souls
do you think are already on the way to hell? I shudder at
this horrible thought. Part of my priestly priority is to
get them away from that brink by making this reparation
witnessed a similar effect of the vigils in theparish of
St. John the Baptist next to Madison Square Garden in New
York, staffed by a community of Capuchins.
was mentioned in the previous chapter, the church was scheduled
to be closed when the vigils began. And not only was the
parish saved and the church enlarged, but the entire Capuchin
community was deeply affected. The priests were so impressed,
often even deeply moved, by the example of hundreds of laypersons
spending a night in prayer, and by the Confessions heard
throughout the night. Indeed it might be said that the wonderful
effect on that Capuchin comunity was even more significant
than the physical saving and enlarging of the church.
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