Today, January 15th, is the feast of St. Arnold Janssen. We, Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit, along with our Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration and our brothers – the Society of the Divine Word, honor and celebrate his life and legacy.
St. Arnold came from a humble, dedicated Catholic family and pursued his call to the Priesthood with steadfast faith. He enjoyed a rather comfortable and meaningful lifestyle as a diocesan priest and science teacher. The Holy Trinity, however, had other plans; a missionary fire was ignited within his heart.
St. Arnold discerned the will of God and responded with concrete actions for the missionary needs of the Church. To many it seemed that God had chosen the wrong time, the wrong place and, perhaps especially, the wrong person for such a task. St. Arnold responded by saying, “The Lord challenges our faith to do something new, precisely when so many things are collapsing in the Church.”
Gradually, with firm trust in God’s providence and with the collaboration of the laity, priests, brothers, and sisters, he founded three Missionary Congregations. Yes, our Congregations have blossomed and flourished around the world as we live the mission of spreading the Good news of God’s love.
In a few months, we will begin our 15th General Chapter with the theme- Immersed in the life of the Trinity, transforming the world with compassion. Like our dear Father, St. Arnold, we too are challenged to discern the will of God and to make a generous response.
Today, let us implore the intercession of our Founder as we continue to pray, “O Holy Spirit, what gift do you want to offer the world through us”