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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 123rd Meeting, May 8th, 2014
by
Br. Fr. Lawrence Goode, Spiritual Director, San Francisco Senatus



"We have just celebrated the canonizations of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII, and there were very good articles about them in the Catholic press.  We should get as much knowledge about them as possible, especially about their statements regarding the Legion of Mary that are in the handbook.   Cardinal Kung and Bishop Dominic Tang of China were both Legion of Mary members who are buried close by in the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.  Visiting their graves would be a great pilgrimage for Legionaries.  Father Goode asked Bishop Tang about the Legion of Mary and the Bishop said, “that’s why I was in jail.”  The old handbook had pictures of Chinese Legionaries who had suffered for the faith and the Legion of Mary.  Their persecutors did not make any distinction between active and auxiliary members.  Pope Francis’ exhortation “the Joy of the Gospel” is almost like a personal letter to us in the Legion.  The month of May is a great time to remind us to evangelize.  We need to increase attendance to commit ourselves more to Mary. "
                                          
 "Fr. Goode sends his blessing to all in the San Francisco Senatus"                                

Although the Year of Faith is now officially over, the Legion of Mary will continue its works of Evangelization around the world, without ceasing, for the years to come.

  (Fr. Goode, on the Importance of the Year of Faith, Porta Fide)

 "The year of Faith, Porta Fide, declared by (Emeritus) Pope Benedict, began on October 11th, 2012. (This was two days prior to our annual Rosary Rally, which was first held in UN Plaza in San Francisco, on October 13th). The Porta Fide is the beginning of a new evangelization. Once again, I ask that you read the Pope's Apostolic Letter - [a link to his online document is here Porta Fidei and below on this page]. It is especially important for us to evangelize those who have abandoned the Faith, and walked away, and we know that this involves so many people in San Francisco and the Bay Area. We Legionaries must build bridges to those who have wandered away. I'd like to recommend some books, which will help in building bridges. One is Mathew Kelly's Rediscovering Catholicism, which is motivational, and the second is Catholicism, by Fr. Robert Barron, which explains the faith to intellectuals who have distanced themselves from the Church." Also, let me recommend another book on evangelization, by Diane Moczar, “Converts and Kingdoms. The Year of Faith is now officially ended, but Legion Evangelization will go on forever....

The Books recommended by Fr. Goode are available online at e.g., Amazon.com, in both paperback and hardbound
copies.

*   Note: sfsenatus.com does not promote any commercial website, or online bookstore, or any other commercial business or entity, and does not receive any monies for recommendations. The sources sited are for your convenience, and the items are available from many other sources.
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With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith, which began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and has concluded on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

The Apostolic Letter on the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei, by Pope Benedict XVI, can be found online.
                            Fr. Goode asks that you read this important document!

                                          (Click on the link Below, to call up the document).         
                                                                            Porta Fidei

  Please continue praying for
                    Fr. Goode, Legion Chaplains, and Priests everywhere                           
 
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