Come, Holy Spirit, come, and from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor! Come, Source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine!
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul's most welcome guest;
sweet refreshment here below;
in our labour, rest most sweet;
grateful coolness in the heat;
solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
shine within these hearts of thine,
and our inmost being fill!
Where thou art not, man hath nought,
nothing good in deed or thought,
nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
on our dryness pour your dew;
wash the stains of guilt away;
bend the stubborn heart and will;
melt the frozen, warm the chill;
guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
and confess thee, evermore
in thy sevenfold gift descend;
give them virtue's sure reward
give them thy salvation, Lord;
give them joys that never end.
On this day when we commemorate Jesus ascending into Heaven amid choirs of angels, a very special angel has "descended" on the convent property as our new guardian. The sisters are delighted to have put in place at the convent a beautiful statue of St. Michael the Archangel; a special reminder to pray always for his protection, especially for the church.
Today in 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the three children in Portugal. She reminds us, “Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.” Our Lady asked the children, “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may be pleased to send you, as both an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended and an act of supplication for the conversion of sinners?”
When the children responded yes, Our Lady said, “Well then, you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.”
The children recounted:
"It was upon saying these last words, 'the grace of God...' that for the first time she opened her hands, which emitted a most intense light that penetrated our breasts, reaching the innermost part of our souls and making us see ourselves in God, Who was that light, more clearly than we can see ourselves in the best of mirrors.
Then, driven by a deep inspiration, we knelt down and repeated inwardly: 'O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.'”
Let us, like the three heroic children, offer our sufferings to God for the salvation of souls and pray the Rosary daily for peace!
“Divine Mercy: The Message for Our Times.” Sr. Mary Augustine speaks about our need for trust in Jesus during the sisters recent mission at Holy Family Church in West Newton, PA. This was followed by the veneration of the 1st class relic of St. Faustina. Listen to the full talk on www.sistersofreparation.org
SISTERS OF REPARATION
"Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ" Colossians 3:23-24.