By Kathy Fanger
As God’s children, we are all called to holiness. The way we live and die points to our faith, our relationships, what is and what was most important. This is the legacy we leave our families, our loved ones and the world.
In recent columns, we spotlighted Rose Zukas of St. Martin of Tours Parish and World War II Navy Veteran Jean Therese Mulloy. Their ordinary lives were actually quite extraordinary, giving testimony to Jesus’s words, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Our Diocesan Priests and Religious
This month we spotlight the hundreds of priests, deacons, women and men of religious congregations who minister in the Diocese of San Jose. Each responded, “Yes” to Jesus’ personal call, “It is not you who chose me, but I who chose you.” They arise each morning to lives of committed prayer and service. Receiving daily Eucharist and reflecting on God’s Word nourish them as they are sent forth with the Holy Spirit to bring Christ’s light to thousands every day!
Living out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
Our religious offer the graces of the seven sacraments to the People of God–most especially Jesus himself in the Eucharist. They touch the sick, dying, and sorrowful with the Christ’s unconditional, healing love through the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation. Serving in our 54 parishes and beyond, they work as counselors, campus ministers, educators, administrators, and ‘prophets’ for justice and peace.
The breadth of their ministries is far reaching, shared with their fellow deacons, seminarians and religious, as well as lay people.
Our diocese includes many different religious congregations of men and women. Each has a unique ‘charism’ – a special vision or mission formed by their founder or foundress from which their ministries flow. They serve in schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, jails, retreat centers, parishes and prisons. They are catechists, counselors, spiritual directors, administrators, lawyers, doctors, nurses, chaplains, and campus ministers. They speak out for justice and peace, immigration reform, an end to war, abortion, and human trafficking. They are involved in marches and protests, such as Respect for Life, Get on the Bus, and Nuns on the Bus. They travel beyond our diocese to other states and countries ministering to God’s People. Plus, they invite laity to join them in their works: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, comfort the sorrowful, pray for the living and the dead. Together we are all missionaries.
Catholic Cemeteries Responds
Grateful for their lives and service, Catholic Cemeteries responds with the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, “Pray for the living and the dead and bury the dead.” We provide beautiful resting places in our Bishop, Priest and Religious sections. Many people regularly visit and pray for our priests, deacons and religious. They, too, have left their legacies of faith, love and service. We look forward with hope to Jesus’s promise of being reunited with them one day in heaven.
For additional information, please call (650) 428-3730 x508, or visit www.ccdsj.org.