Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spirit & Life - Saying Goodbye to a Friend

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As this email goes out, I will probably have just landed in Manila and met our dear friend, the unstoppable Dr. Ligaya Acosta, our director of Asia and Oceania.
This is my sixth (seventh?) mission to the Philippines since I joined HLI almost five years ago. My colleague and traveling partner, Dr. Brian Clowes, can't count how many times he has been to this archipelago nation of almost 100 million souls. But we both love coming here, where the hearts of our Filipino brothers and sisters are even warmer than the hot weather that always welcomes us as we disembark from the plane.
The faith is still strong here, and while there are many reasons for this, one very large reason is because of the reach of EWTN, the Catholic network started by our recently departed and beloved Mother Angelica. Filipinos, of whom almost 80 percent are Catholic, know the fiery Italian nun and evangelist well.
Truth be told, my heart is in two places right now. A big part of me is with my friends at EWTN in Alabama. Over the last few days
I've communicated with Michael Warsaw, Mother Dolores, the Friars, and Knights of the Holy Eucharist to express the condolences of the HLI community for the loss of Mother Angelica. It pains me to not be able to join them for the various remembrances of our sister, and to participate in the Holy Mass of Christian burial tomorrow. Their love for Mother is palpable in both their sadness and in their gracious perseverance as they pull together to get through what will be a very busy week full of hospitality and diligence in fulfilling their duties. More than one of my friends have told me that Mother would in no way want me to cancel the mission we have planned, and I know they're right. My heart is with them in prayer, and I know you all can say the same.

I ask you to keep the Poor Clares, the Friars, the Knights and the whole EWTN community in prayer especially during this difficult time. We will certainly be praying for them at our many events in the next eight days in the Philippines.

Also, despite well intended and expected calls for Mother's sainthood to be declared, let us not forget to pray for her soul and not presume that because of her heroic life that she does not need our prayers. You know she would not approve of such an assumption. Our merciful Lord knows all there is to know, and He will use our prayers as He sees fit. Not a prayer is ever wasted when our intentions are submitted to the will of God.

I'll have to leave it there for now. Thank you all for your kind prayers and support of our mission to the Philippines, and of our missionary partners around the world. We pray that the Holy Spirit can do what we can't, in reaching and changing the hearts of all people of good will, whether through EWTN's broadcasts, our missions, and the efforts of faithful Catholics all over the world. To God be the glory, now and forever. Amen!

(Link to article here.) 
Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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Like many, I am grateful to Mother Angelica for her loving and courageous witness, and to Almighty God for her life and legacy. Because of her witness and trust in the Lord, the transforming power of the Gospel of Life is being proclaimed around the world. Because of EWTN's television and radio programs, millions of people around the world are hearing the Gospel, learning about Jesus, His teachings, and His Church. Mother's fidelity, commitment, and fearless adherence to the Truth made this possible and continues to make a difference. - continue  -
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