Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” (1 Cor 12:10)
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In January, 1996 I was asked by my diocesan bishop to spend some time in Ottawa with the CC’s – to see how they lived and ministered together. At the time, I was experiencing some disillusionment and frustration in my priestly life. I was searching for a spiritually healthier way to serve as a priest. When I came to my first CC brothers meeting and came to know the brothers over time, I liked what I saw and how it satisfied the spiritual & human needs I have as a priest. In 2001, I applied for (and received) a leave of absence from my home diocese to discern a call to formally join the CC’s.
I have been a member of this Community’s Formation Team, Chaplain at York University in Toronto, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Halifax, Vocations & Admissions Director for the Companions, and General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. I currently serve in Itinerant Ministry.
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To whom do we owe a thank you for all the ways in which people are putting themselves on the line for us?
Jesus loves us, calls us friends and chooses us so we can have His joy.
The Lord offers us his friendship, his love, and he reminds us that he has chosen us so that our joy may be in him and complete.
Like St. Joseph, am I allowing God’s grace to help me come to a deeper level of acceptance over my own powerless over the circumstances of my life? Am I praying for serenity and acceptance?
In the midst of all that is going on, am I praying for the grace to understand that God is still at work?
Have I been spending so much time apart from that I’m forgetting that I’m still a part of?
Have I been spending so much time apart that I am beginning to forget that I am a part of?
Yes Lord, I embrace my cross. I don’t go looking for it. It will find me.
What can we put into practice form the Alcoholic Anonymous program?
Here is some practical wisdom from the 12 step recovery program.