From the MA President
Dear Montfort Associates (MA)
"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love"
Bryant H. Mc. Gill
"Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow has produced sadness; healing where sorrow has caused disease"
The above saying is self-explanatory in itself. When you have no love, how can you forgive your brothers and sisters? This is the hardest pill to swallow for the people of the world, but not our Christian brothers who believe in Christ Jesus. He sets the example for all of us, when on the cross, has forgiven all those who tortured him and crucified him!
Welcome to all of us to our annual Meeting dated July 30, 2017 at the Provincial House, Soi Thong Loh. It is a memorial day for all of us to get together to celebrate and commemorate the big event of the canonization of our blessed Founder, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Which falls on the month of July 20, 1947 by Pope Pius XII
Last year, we celebrated the "TERCENTENARY" (1716-2016) of our Blessed Founder. All went well with our celebration. Does anyone of us recognize this year as a special Event or not? Yes! It is the 70th Anniversary of our Founder's Canonization. (20 July 1947- 20 July 2017). Let us take this opportunity to invoke our Founder's blessing.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort a man who sought obscurity and nothingness, a man who seemed to ignore himself, so completely was caught up in the Service of his Redeemer and his blessed Mother, and yet a man who despite himself was one of the most talked of, and most criticized priest of his day " …. Quoted by Rev. Edward Bolger, SMM.
Therefore, we beg our Founder to grant us, his rich blessing to all the Brothers of Saint Gabriel, and of course to each and every one of MA members. It is chiefly in the power of God, the Almighty that we place our trust, and we know that our hope will not be confounded. Oh! Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, we trust you by your intercession, lead the world to an ever greater love of the Blessed Mother and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once again, may our Blessed Founder, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort bless our MA members, and keep us always in the holy path of Jesus' love until our death in Him and with Him. Amen!!
Yours in Xt. Jesus
Bosco Praphot Rak-Arom.
The MA President 2015-2017
From the Provincial Superior
Dear respected MA members,
It is my pleasure to have another opportunity to communicate to you again. We do not regularly meet all members but with a few from time to time. It is so good and healthy to get news from each other. For me, up to now, I am in good health, body, mind and soul. God is to me the mereful and compassionate Abba, Daddy. He calls me, every day and sends me to give services to all my confreres and all the people who get involved with me. They are gifts from God for me to take good care especially those who are in need of help. I have been blessed with many good things. So, I need to render services all the more to my brothers and sister in return.
In the footstep of Montfort, we all must try our best to be close to Jesus Christ every day. From this main source of strength, we can live healthy life first with God and then we cannot remain idle but go out from our comfort zone to live, feel, understand and become compassionate person to all people we meet. As Jesus' disciple, we must proclaim good news / the Kingdom of God by our good living with consciousness because role model preaches louder than words of mouth. All the Baptized, Bishops, Priest, Religious are all invited to work for the same mission that the Kingdom of God is at hand. So, repent and reconcile to God and to our neighbours and observe the Law of love always so that people will see our good works, give glory to God and thank God with sincere gratitude.
All friends / associates of Montfort Brothers of Saint Gabriel should know and learn the meaning of the Decree of the Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Thailand (A.D. 2015) that Christ's disciple must live His spirit (and teachings) and proclaim the good news. This Decree is for every baptized faithful to live Christ's life in accordance with the will of the Father. All must proclaim the good news / the Kingdom of God with their words and especially with their good lives that can explicitly be shown in public. We must help nourish the spiritual life of those faithful to their baptismal promises, those who once believed but now live a stray life. We must go out to proclaim the good news to those of different faith too. I believe that you and I have to follow such instruction.
May the Good Lord ever bless us with His merciful and compassionate love.
Yours in Christ
Brother Surasit Sukchai