Cross and Resurrection in
the Life of Some Founders
Holy Week 1997 provided me the time to do
something I had been wanting to do for some time: read the lives of founders of religious
families and try to see some constants of Gods purifying action in their lives.
It was soon obvious that what I had in mind could not be done in a short time, but
there was one factor that was immediately clear and unmistakable: the presence of the
Cross, and concretely, the Cross of misinterpretation and defamation with certain
- The greater the impact the institute has on society, the more severe the attacks.
- In stormy times, the founder is the beacon that leads the ship to safe harbor.
- "The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians," and the persecution of
founders is the seed of their order.
This book is the result.
"Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man,
since he annoys us and opposes our way of life,
reproaches us for our breaches of the law,
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
"Before us he stands, a reproof to our way of thinking,
the very sight of him weighs our spirits down.
"Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof."
Wisdom 2: 12, 14, 19
Father Patrick Langan LC, was born on May 26, 1958
in Dublin, Ireland, and entered the Legionaries of Christ in the year 1975. He was
ordained a priest on January 3, 1991, in St. Peters Basilica by Pope John Paul II
along with 59 other Legionaries of Christ. On that day, the Legion was celebrating the
50th anniversary of its foundation. He currently is working in the United States.
Fr. Patrick Langan LC
The Legion of Christ is a Roman Catholic Congregation of priests, founded in 1941 by
Fr. Marcial Maciel, L.C. For more information about them, see their website at: www.legionofchrist.org
Library of Congress Catalog card number: 97-67254
Copyright © 1997 Patrick Langan LC
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