School of Lay Evangelists Established and Letters from our Bishops

Dear Charlie,

What a pleasant surprise, receiving your email!  It is good to hear from you and to learn that you are well and are still energetically spreading the Good News of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I remember clearly the occasion when I told you that I could not ordain you to the Permanent Diaconate because you had missed too many of the classes in that program but that I wanted to commission you as a Lay Evangelist, the first as far as I knew.  The initial shock was apparent on your face, but it was almost immediately replaced by a look of joy and you contemplated the future. 

I is now clear to me that I was inspired by the Holy Spirit on that occasion and that you have served the People of God much more effectively during these past 30 years than you ever could have as a Permanent Deacon.  That there has been suffering for you along the way does not surprise me since anyone who chooses to follow the Lord in proclaiming the Good News will be subject to the pain of rejection and humiliation even as Our Lord himself was subjected to it. 

I congratulate you on the upcoming Agape Conference and I pray that it will be a great success.  I regret that I cannot be present for it physically, but be assure that I will be spiritually united with you on that occasion.

"My prayer is that your love may more and more abound, both in understanding and wealth of experience, so that with a clear conscience and blameless conduct you may learn to value the things that really matter, up to the very day of Christ.  It is my wish that you may be found rich in the harvest of justice which Jesus Christ has ripened in you, to the glory and praise of God."
- From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Phillipians, 1:10-11
+Rene Henry Gracida
Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat