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A Life of Love
Deacon Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, made his perpetual vows with five other Marians on Friday, Sept. 5, and was ordained to the diaconate with Jonathan Inskip, MIC, on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Here, he shares about his formation and sends a message to everyone who supported him along the way.
If you could speak directly to the Marian Helpers, what would you say to them?
It's a joy to be able to commit my life to God, and I want to thank you for all of your support, both monetary and prayerful support for me. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, and it is a great joy for me to be a member of this community and to persevere. Thank you again, and God bless.
How have you been transformed by the formation process?
More than anything else, formation has enabled me to encounter my own weakness and God's saving power. There are moments of frustration where things just don't seem to be going right. However, I have found that, like the Divine Mercy image depicts, Jesus often appears in the midst of the darkness of everyday life to shine the rays of His mercy upon me. Certainly, I have been transformed in formation, and I hope to continue formation under the gaze of Jesus and Mary until I die. There is a never-ending process of allowing God's power to fill and shine through my many human weaknesses. I have learned that the only obstacle is my refusal to let God enter my weakness and sin; everything else can be transformed by His love.
You've just taken perpetual vows with the community. Talk about the significance of the step for you.
Perpetual vows are certainly important as a way of solidifying my bond with the Congregation in the service of Christ and the Church. More important, however, is my total surrender to and confidence in God's unchanging love for me and for all mankind. This surrender to and confidence in God's limitless, unchanging love is something every Christian is enabled to do through Baptism and Confirmation. Being able to do this in an exterior way through religious life enables me to choose the "one thing necessary" in this life: allow myself to be loved by Jesus and Mary and love them in return, especially in my neighbor. There is a great joy in knowing that Jesus and Mary desire my human love. Just as couples are excited to declare their life-long love for each other, so, too, I am excited to publicly declare that my relationship with Jesus and Mary through the Marians defines my earthly existence to the exclusion of everything else. When you're in love, you don't think of what you're giving up but of what you're gaining. I am losing nothing and gaining everything.
To help other men answer God's call with the Marian Fathers, pray for them and visit marian.org/vocsupport or call 1-800-462-7426.