United States Conference of Secular institutes

Mountaineer – Winter 2023-24

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Secular Institutes

Dear Friends, 
This past year and continuing forward, we have been experiencing two movements in the Church: the synodal process and the Eucharis- tic Revival. One writer has seen these exemplified in the Gospel story of Christ’s appearance on the road to Emmaus. 
After the Resurrection, several of Christ’s disciples were walking and talking about recent events–the crucifixion. Christ appears and walks with them. They tell Him of the women going to the tomb only to find it empty. Jesus chides them at how slow they are to believe all that the prophets have spoken and he begins to instruct them in salvation history. At their invitation, He stays with them and it is at the breaking of the bread that they recognize Christ now fully present to them as He is fully present — the Babe of Bethlehem who died for us and rose from the dead — in the Eucharist.
 As we walk and talk (synodally) and reflect daily on salvation history, it is in Christ’s presence in the Mass and in the Eucharist where we find our answers and the strength to stay on the road and carry forth the mission of His love and caring through our neighbors on the road. Come let us adore Him.
 We invite the principal officers to join us on Friday, February 16, at 1PM CST on Zoom with Bishop Mark Rivituso to continue discussion of our participation in the Eucharistic Revival. Also, Joan Patten will give a report on her early February meeting in Rome with DICLSAL on the topic of national Jubilee Celebrations of Consecrated Life for the Holy Year 2025. 
A blessed Christmas to all. 



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