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Allocutio (April, 2011)
by
Fr. Lawrence Goode, the Senatus Spiritual Director

"In the handbook there is a quote from the Second Vatican Council, regarding the universal call to holiness.  Frank Duff wrote “Can We Be Saints” and included this idea in the founding of the Legion of Mary, and so the Legion has anticipated this universal call to holiness...  Before the Council, for those called to holiness, the church thought only in terms of religious orders and priests.   St. Therese, the Little Flower, and Edel Quinn as well, influenced Frank Duff.  St. Therese died at the end of the 19th century, and became known through her autobiography, written under obedience.  Anybody can do what she did.  Has anyone received a rose from St. Therese?  I have, twice, once while reading her autobiography, and once on her feast day...  St. Louis De Montfort solidified the idea that lay people can be holy... 
Holy Week is a great time for door to door visits and other apostolates.  We shouldn’t think we are too busy.  This is an opportunity to bring the message of the gospel to people. 
The efforts for the Rosary Crusade are helped by uniting with the group in Santa Clara which promotes his beatification.  We can listen to Fr. Peyton’s radio programs on Immaculate Heart Radio.  Possibly we can get a movie star to help promote the Crusade, as Fr. Peyton did...
At St. Anne’s parish it is a wonderful thing to see Fr. Frank working after all his years, despite the fact he is now officially in retirement...  It is great to have Br. Simpson coming to the Senatus all the way from Seattle. We locals have no excuse for not coming...  Continue to pray for Sr. Mary Jane Murphy...  It is noteworthy that all praesidia in the south San Mateo Curia have spiritual directors..."   Fr. Goode wished all a blessed Holy Week and Easter, urged Legionaries to find time for the Apostolate during Holy Week, and in conclusion, gave his blessing. 

                                                         Fr. Goode gave his blessing to all Legionaries

           The October 2009 Allocutio, given by Fr. Goode at the San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
                 

 
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