Our pilgrimage group visited Auschwitz late last month. Seeing the gas chambers with our own eyes brought home the horrendous reality of history.
We asked ourselves, “How could a person become able to inflict such suffering and death on another?”
Another question followed, “How was Maximilian Kolbe able to offer his life for a complete stranger?”
The answer is that both heinous crimes and heroic virtues are born in the heart.
Today, let us consecrate our heart to Jesus through his Immaculate Mother Mary.
About Fr Simon Devereux LC
FR SIMON was born on February 4, 1979, in Dunedin, New Zealand, the seventh son of Marie and Michael Devereux. He entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, on September 15, 1997. After his novitiate and year of humanities in Cheshire, he studied a bachelor’s in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome from 2000 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2007, a licentiate in Philosophy. In between, he worked as a youth minister in Quebec, Canada, and he made his perpetual profession in Rome on October 4, 2005. In 2010 he completed a three-year bachelor’s degree in Theology and was ordained on Christmas Eve of the same year with 60 of his brother Legionaries by Card. Velasio di Paolis. Two of his brothers are also Legionary priests. Fr Simon is now based at the Legion of Christ seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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