How can we implement the Gospel? Although this is a difficult question, it is a very important one to answer. For us Christians, it is not enough to hear the Gospel. We are called to put it to action in our own life. Sometimes it is difficult to take action. How should one do it? The good news is that we are not alone in answering this question. We have examples of many who have asked it themselves and used their lives to answer it. Every time the Catholic Church declares a person blessed or a saint, she gives us an example of how the Gospel can be lived. Blesseds and saints are role models for our faith journey. Even if every one of us has to find out individually what God is calling us to and how to live the Gospel, the blesseds and saints can help us learn how to answer this call. How can the soon-beatified Pallottine Father Richard Henkes, S.A.C. be an example for our life and for our quest for God? When I read Fr. Henkes’ biography, I learned that he tried to live out the Gospel even when it seemed inconspicuous and less effective. Three situations in his life illustrate this.
On 28th of October, 2017, for the 14th time, many members of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate gathered at the Spiritual Centre of the Union, the Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda in Rome, where the remains of St. Vincent Pallotti repose under the altar. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and solemn Mass were the expression of gratitude for this deeper ecclesial recognition of the Union. The praise to God for the recognition by the Church authority, with subsequent final approval of the General Statues of the Union in 2008, is for us to follow with perseverance in the footsteps of St. Vincent Pallotti, who received from Pope Gregory XVI “a thousand blessings” for the Union.