A "yes to the Lord to follow him more closely"
August 14 was a day long awaited by the entire community of the novitiate house of Monteagudo as it was the date of the religious profession of four novices. The celebration of the Eucharist began at 5:00 p.m. and was presided over by Monsignor Ángel San Casimiro, Augustinian Recollect and bishop emeritus of Alajuela, Costa Rica. Prior General Miguel Miró Miró delivered the homily and received the profession of the four young men.
Both the Mass and the rite of the profession were prepared with care and all solemnity Fray Antonio Antón. The provincial prior Sergio Sánchez and Miguel Ángel Hernández and about thirty priests, from different parts of the Spanish geography, were present.
To give solemnity to the function also contributed the participation of the simple professed of the houses of formation of Monachil (Granada) and Las Rozas (Madrid), who were in the course of own formation in the monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja) and the high number of novices -23- who had begun the year of novitiate on August 9.
The ceremony was broadcast "live", which did not prevent many others: friends and acquaintances of the neoprofessians preferred to be present at the celebration, as well as members of the Augustinian-Recollect Secular Fraternity, Augustinian Recollect missionaries and people of Monteagudo.
Everyone was offered a snack after the celebration, where congratulations and photos were lavished with the neoprofessed
Homily of Friar Miguel Miró,
prior general of the Order of Augustinian Recollects
“Randy, Mateus,Rodrigo and João Vitor. The four of you, along with Rodrigo and Pablo, have walked together at this stage of the novitiate; you have done it together with a formative community, the community of Monteagudo, in which each one has its own function. Mary, the Virgin of the Way, has inspired and accompanied you in the encounter with Jesus. The novitiate is an experience, an encounter with Jesus and is also a community path. This encounter and this path lead you to make decisions and reaffirm the desire to give your life.”
“Saint Ezekiel Moreno, Mariano Gazpio, the Augustinian Recollects, many Augustinian Recollects, from the diversity of cultures, peoples and situations have found in Mary light in their life and in the community path. Jesus touches our hearts and heals our wounds, trusts each of us. His love leads us to simply give what we have. It's about getting to the bottom of the heart and learning to give life, to serve with joy and to live with hope. You know that sometimes this costs, there are hard stages, in every way there are difficulties, but Mary is always there, she is always Mother of Hope and star of Evangelization. It teaches us to be open-minded and to look forward, without fear.”
“In the profession you will say that you want to follow Jesus in the common life, that you want to be poor in the spirit; you want to love and orient your affectivity by being chaste, and you want to be free to obey with availability. This is a life project, a process. Your happiness is precisely in living like this. And this requires prayer and being united to Christ; only then are we happy and can we grow in faith and love. It is the grace and task of each day.
To choose to be Augustinian Recollect is to walk together and walk with the People of God to serve concrete people, with simplicity and joy. Whatever mission we are entrusted with. To be happy, we are not worth a sterile narcissism, nor to live on successes and recognitions... it is a matter of love, humility and fidelity to the end. Be happy like that.
Look at Mary: today we behold her radiant, glorified; she has walked her path faithfully since the Annunciation, stood at the foot of the Cross, and waited for the Resurrection. That is why today in the Gospel, Jesus said, "Happy are those who hear the word of God and fulfill it."
St. Augustine affirms that Mary is happy "because she guards the very Word of God, through which it has been made and which in it became flesh" (Io. eu. tr. 10, 3). Mary becomes present on our way, proclaiming with her the greatness of the Lord.”
“Thank you for your profession of evangelical counsels. Thanks to your families, to the community of Monteagudo, to all those who have accompanied you and helped you in your process... Put names of specific people in your life and never forget the poor and those who suffer.
May Saint Mary, Virgin of the Way, accompany you to those who profess and to those who begin the novitiate. May Mary, assunta to heaven, guide us all along paths of hope.”