Father Aidan Rooney began his fourth day of the Novena of Mercy saying that sweetness, tenderness, gentleness is an aspect of Jesus character that is a mix of what St. Vincent used to call humility and meekness. It is the two sides of the evangelist, the two sides of the missionary of mercy. Humility is simply to be who you are, to recognize your status as chosen sons and daughters of God and to let that love fill your life. And because of that, you can be in the world and be available to people to share the good news. For Vincent this is meekness or approachability. Meekness isn’t weakness. I will accept the anger of others so than I can share with them the good news.
He talks about the role of Moms in character formation and how Jesus observed this in Mary.
Click on this link to follow his sermons each day by scrolling down to day 4.
As you can see from the following each day of the novena will be dedicated to a deeper understanding of the words of this well-known hymn.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12: Mother of Mercy
MONDAY, JUNE 13: A Song of Mercy: Salve Regina
TUESDAY, JUNE 14: Jesus is Our Life
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15: Jesus is Our “Sweetness” (Tenderness)
THURSDAY, JUNE 16: Jesus is Our Hope
FRIDAY, JUNE 17: Banished Children No More
-Anointing of Sick at all Services
SATURDAY, JUNE 18: When I’m in the “Valley of Tears”
SUNDAY, JUNE 19: Reconciliation: Jesus is Clement, Loving, and Tender
**MONDAY, JUNE 20: His Name is Mercy
These Days Are Offered for the Intentions of These Special Groups:
Sunday, June 12: Priests, Seminarians, and Religious Men & Women
Monday, June 13: Public Servants: Police, Firefighters, and EMTs
Tuesday, June 14: U.S. Veterans and Military Personnel
Wednesday, June 15: Catholic Educators
Thursday, June 16: Catholic Medical Professionals: Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians
Friday, June 17: Seniors (each service will have “Anointing of the Sick”)
Saturday, June 18: Catholic Lawyers and Business Professionals
Sunday, June 19: Catholic Societies/ Organizations: Knights of Columbus, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, and many more
Monday, June 20: Vincentian and Novena Families: All Who Attend Vincentian Parishes & the Monday Novenas (Past & Present Devotees)
Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, CM
Superior of the Vincentian’s Bolivian Altiplano Mission, and International Coordinator for FAMVIN
Fr. Rooney was born in Staten Island, NY, and was ordained a priest for the Congregation of the Mission in 1984. Before entering the Congregation, he was the Technical Director for Educational Theater at New York University.
As a Vincentian, Fr. Rooney has served in a wide variety of the works of the Congregation. He taught graduate level Research Methods and Statistics at Niagara University, served as Vocation Director and Director of Continuing Formation for the Eastern Province, and directed the Vincentian Youth and Young Adult program as well as the Retreat Program at the Vincentian Renewal Center in New Jersey. He also served as Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown, and as Co-Director of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries in the United States. He is now both a Missionary on the Bolivian Altiplano, where he is the Superior of the Mission, and as the International Coordinator for the digital presence of the Vincentian Family: FAMVIN.
Fr. Rooney has served the Philadelphia community as Chairman of the Board of Partners for Sacred Places, a national non-profit headquartered in Philadelphia. He has also authored books of Vincentian reflections published by Paulist Press, and has given retreats, presentations, and conferences in the United States and Latin America. Fr. Rooney credits the Blessed Mother’s intercession with saving his life.