An Orphan’s Walk with Jesus

I write this blog from Haiti where for Holy Week and Easter Mission Youth has been working with the Missionaries of Charity.

During the mission trip I have been spending most of the day with the young men overseeing some small construction projects: school benches, vegetable gardens for families and a future school-house. After a long day working, I came one afternoon into the orphanage having in mind to simply spend a few hours with the children. These children are between 3-6 years of age, all of them lost parents in the earthquake or cholera epidemics.

I found the children in the playground area and as I entered I was surrounded by them. They know me by now and of course, they also know I will push the swings for them. The little children began pulling me toward the swings and saying, “mon Père!” which is a traditional greeting to a priest and means “my Father!” Read the rest of this entry »

One of my Favorite Places so Far

Following is another segment in the blog series from Everest Collegiate student Megan Luttinen on pilgrimage with her senior class in the Holy Land:

Magdala is the place where Mary Magdelene lived, and is also the place where Jesus removed the seven demons from her. The most amazing part is that the Legion of Christ oversees the place we visited (They are the ones who started it!) and we are the first ever Everest group to visit the completed church! (Click here to read about the upcoming church dedication.) Read the rest of this entry »

Poverty to need Christ, Faith to touch Christ

Br Samuel gave the following reflection during a holy hour a week ago and later sent to your humble blog editor -- just too good not to post...

In a couple of days, Jesus will enter into Jerusalem. The King comes to redeem the world…my world. He humbly rides into the city, sitting on a donkey…Much like here on the altar right now… There was and is no pompous procession to be seen, no angels nor saints visible to the eye, no sign of his mighty power, and yet, that’s precisely the sign of his omnipotence…He’s here, on the altar, patiently waiting for me to acknowledge his presence, his love, his careful watch over me… Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Thursday

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.” - ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Today we celebrate the Last Supper.

There in the Upper Room, Our Lord gave us three amazing gifts: the commandment of charity, the sacrament of the Eucharist and the gift of the priesthood.

The first is the path to Heaven. Unless we love like Christ, we will not be fit for eternal life. The second gift, the Eucharist, is our food to help us love in this way. Finally, our priests, acting in the person of Christ, perpetuate the spiritual food of the Eucharist down through the centuries.


A Happy Girl!

More of Everest student Megan Luttinen’s reflections from her high senior pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week:

April 14, 2014 (continued…)

“You’re a happy girl!”

Amer, our guide, told me this as we sat outside the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Israel. I smiled even bigger and told him that it's not every day you get to spend your birthday in the Holy Land!

He laughed and agreed, and went on to tell us about the incredible church we were about to enter. We talked of its history, the nature of the terrifying roads, the story of how Deborah the Prophetess conquered the Mennonites, and the Transfiguration itself.

Amer even joked that Fr. Daniel could join him for a beer overlooking the valley that was foretold to be the site of the final battle before Jesus comes. Read the rest of this entry »

Somewhere in the hills of Northern Romania

Left to right: Fr. Peter, Fr. Simon, Fr. Matthew

"Faith is strengthened when it is given to others!" - John Paul II

My big brother, Fr. Matthew, is currently in Romania doing missions with a bunch of young people from Poland. My other priest brother, Big Bro Fr. Peter, is doing the same in Mexico. Holy Saturday, I'll be in NYC on missions also.

Thanks to our baptism, Jesus lives inside of us. This Holy Week open the doors of your heart and let Christ out! Don't be afraid to reach out to those around you: invite them to Mass, to go to confession, or just to have a coffee and talk about your friend, Jesus.

God bless you!

Fr. Simon

P.S. Here's a little more information from Fr Matthew's expedition: Read the rest of this entry »

What the Wedding at Cana Was Really About

Following is the second installment from Everest Collegiate student Megan Luttinen from the Holy Land. She had the unique privilege of turning 18 years on this second day of their pilgrimage.

April 14, 2014

You would never have thought that Cana of Galilee was just six miles away from our hotel in Nazareth. This city itself is very small, and we got there in about 20 minutes.

After getting off the bus and walking along the winding stone paths, we reached the Church of Marriage, built over where the Wedding at Cana took place. It was so beautiful! And such a testimony to marriage itself. Amer (our guide) described to us that weddings in Israel are quite different from American weddings. On average, they normally last about 10 days. (My classmate) Owen thought it was awesome that the families extended the fun for such a long period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

Verbum caro factum est? More like ET HIC verbum caro factum est

The members of the senior class of Everest Collegiate High School (Clarkston, Michigan) are celebrating Holy Week 2014 in the Holy Land. One of those students, Megan Luttinen, shares her experience.

April 13, 2014

Today marks the first day of travels for our senior class of 2014 in the Holy Land! After 10 hours on a flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, we're here! I expected Israel to be beautiful, but I never expected it to be so GREEN! Flowers, grass, palm trees, you name it! Some was growing along the road as we drove the bus back to our hotel in Nazareth. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you opening the door of your heart to Jesus?

"My heart goes incessantly in search of a Treasure, an immense Treasure that I do not find in creatures; a Treasure that will satisfy me and console me, and give me rest." - St. Gemma Galgani

Jesus is quietly and persistently knocking at the door of the hearts of each and every one of you. He will not leave or stop gently knocking, but he will also not force his way into your heart. It comes down to a very personal and existential decision: am I willing to let Jesus into my daily life, put him on my schedule and trust in his plan? I did this many years ago and I have absolutely no regrets! He is the most amazing and faithful friend who completely satisfies, and who humbly invites you to join him on this incredible mission of saving souls.



Bunch of losers

I’m fresh out of NCAA basketball tournaments. The men are done; Connecticut won. The women are done; Connecticut won.

Each tournament started with 64 teams. (Yes, there were a few more that “played in” to the men’s tournament, but I’m going to ignore that because I don’t really understand how that part works or why it exists.) Only one team in each tournament got to the end without losing…I think I mentioned they were both from Connecticut.

So, everyone in Connecticut is jumping for joy and 49 states are full of losers. In fact, 126 of 128 teams in the two tournaments are losers. After all, all those teams lost the last game they played. They all walked off the court in defeat. Only those hustling Huskies from Connecticut won. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The articles on this blog are the personal responsibility of each author and are not meant to be the institutional voice of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ or the Regnum Christi Movement.
  • Photo of the week
  • ordination