Prayer for the intercession of Venerable Pio Bruno Lanteri
O Father, fountain of all life and holiness, you gave Venerable Pio Bruno Lanteri great faith in Christ your Son, an unconquerable hope, and an ardent love for the salvation of souls. You made him a prophet of your Word and a witness to your mercy.
He had a tender devotion to Mary, and by his very life, he taught fidelity to our Mother, the Church. With wisdom and gentleness, he guided countless souls toward friendship with you, and founded the Oblates of the Virgin Mary to sanctify your people through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the formation of priests, the defense of the truth and zealous pastoral ministry.
Father, hear my prayer and, through the intercession of Father Lanteri, grant me the grace for which I now ask…. May he be glorified on earth that we may give you even greater glory and honor. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.read more
Founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary
I’m glad to have this opportunity to say a few words on the Founder of our Congregation. Fr. Lanteri was one of the most active priests in northern Italy in the Eighteenth century. He preached retreats and wrote and edited books. He spent hours and hours in the confessional and visited the poor and the sick. In the midst of all this, he always remained a man of deep contemplation and study. What was the source of such a priestly life?
When the young Bruno arrived, at the age of eighteen, in the city of Turin, with the desire to become a priest, he found himself in difficult spiritual surroundings. The entire ecclesial life was permeated with Jansenism, a theological vision that presented God as a severe and intransigent judge. Bruno suffered a lot from that kind of religiosity until he experienced, under the guidance of Father Diessbach (an extraordinarily good spiritual father), the infinite Mercy of God. That was for Lanteri a true liberation of spirit and heart! That became the center of his mission. For the whole of his life he would announce, in every manner and to everybody, the infinite Mercy of the Father manifested in Jesus Christ. He did it in his preaching and his writings, but in a particular way in the sacrament of Reconciliation and in spiritual direction. He would never let a person go if not comforted in hope and confidence in God.
Wherever I travel throughout the Congregation (we are present in nine different countries of very different cultures), I see my Oblate confreres being very sensitive to that fundamental aspect of Fr. Lanteri’s message. In our parishes or sanctuaries, in the writings of the Oblates or in their personal encounter with people, one phrase constantly resounds: “God loves you!” May this word continue to give peace, hope and meaning to all the people who will come in contact with Fr. Lanteri and with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.
Fr. Patrice Veraquin, O.M.V.
Rector Major Emeritus, Oblates of the Virgin Mary
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Boston, MA 02215