Father Walter’s Library of Letters

Father Walter’s Library of Letters

Father Walter is the pastor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
in Darien, Illinois.
 

He tries to publish a new pastoral letter in each week’s church bulletin.
The collection is growing rapidly. Here’s an excerpt from a recent one:

Advantages of Spiritual Growth

Nothing motivates us like having a goal. The motivation gained from having goals comes specifically from the fact that we now have good reasons to do something. Isn’t it fair to say that following Christ is our goal? Allowing for our assent to this question, what can we say then are some good reasons for being spiritual? I am going to try to respond to this question from the perspective of a family person.

The first reason is the one people most commonly share with me. “I want to insure that I and my family go to heaven.” I cannot be anymore simple in discussing this one. I want to be saved. I want my family to be saved. I want to be with them when we die. The very thought of one
of my loved ones being lost to God is repulsive. So, on this basis
I and my family attend Mass and go to Confession …

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Legion of Mary – Our Lady of Peace Church – Darien, Illinois

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.

Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics (both male and female):

Who faithfully practice their religion;

Who are animated by the desire to participate in the Church’s apostolate through membership in the Legion;

Who are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves.

The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary.

Guests are always welcome and can go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member if they choose. If there is no Legion of Mary in your parish, you can participate in a group in another parish until you can start one of your own with the assistance of other Legionaries and in cooperation with the pastor.

The Legion of Mary meets every Friday morning, immediately after the 7:30 am Mass, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 701 W. Plainfield Road, Darien, Illinois. 

All are welcome.

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And more …

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