The celebration of the feast of our Holy Founder has been generating in the recent past years a growing enthusiasm. This is a clear sign of our efforts and aspiration to imitate his virtues while keeping alive his memory. This year the celebration falls between two events of particular importance and significance to us: the Canonization of Don Guanella that took place two years ago and the upcoming 2015 centennial anniversary of his entrance into eternal life.
I consider this a time of particular grace that should inspire and be expressed through external events and programs. Should in a special way deepen our commitment, both on a personal and community level to strengthen the bond of fraternal communion within the Guanellian family and aware that we are all called to imitate St. Guanella’s Holiness by sharing with new enthusiasm his charism and his mission in the Church.
I therefore express my warm wishes to all of you dear confreres, sisters, co-operators, and members of the Guanellian lay movement, together with all the residents of our homes of charity, our parishioners and all the people whom we encounter in our daily ministry.
May the feast of St. Louis Guanella fill us with inner joy in the certitude of his intercession and protection from heaven! We are conscious of having a heritage, a precious grace to be cherished and developed, a vocation to continue the mission the Lord has entrusted to his generous heart as well to us, his disciples. It is a call which still resonates today and enriches many young people who live in a variety of cultures, a call therefore as universal as the Lord’s Charity! If we see and celebrate in Father Guanella a saint on fire with the love of God, we cannot but feel nurtured in our life with a burning zeal for the Lord, expressed through an active love and service to the poor.
Cordial greetings and Happy St. Louis Guanella feast day to all of you!
Fr. Alfonso Crippa & Council