The sisters sing "Veni Sponsa Christi" (Come spouse of Christ) on the occasion of Sr. Viannea's 25th Anniversary of vows. Consecrated life is a great gift of love for Christ, as one's spouse!
We were blessed to witness the celebration of Sr. Viannea's 25th Anniversary of Vows recently with the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer. Sister is from Slovakia and is now serving faithfully in Elizabeth, PA. May you be greatly blessed Sister for your faithful love for Our Lord and inspiring witness!
Read about the life of Mother Alphonse:
Prayer to Mother Alphonse Marie:
St. Faustina records in her Diary, that Jesus says, "when you approach the confessional, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul." (1602)
Whether you have recently been set free by God's Mercy in this sacrament or are contemplating the next occasion, this talk is for you: FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES: Confession & the Life of Prayer by Msgr. Charles Pope
You can join live today Sun. Aug 20th @ 7PM ET or listen to the recording after the fact:
Jesus tells the Canaanite woman, "Great is your faith!" This is an inspiration for us to have great faith and persevere in prayer.
The Gospel this Sunday is from Matthew 15:21-18.
If you have ever been confused about why Jesus says to the woman, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs," then watch this Gospel reflection, and it will be become clear!
Jesus is actually teaching his disciples that salvation is for all people, not just the house of Israel to which he first sent them.
Through the Passion, Death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered death, so that like Him, at the end of time our physical bodies will be resurrected and joined with our souls in Heaven. The spotless Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord, anticipated this grace and at the end of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into Heaven. Let us rejoice, because where she has gone as Our Mother, we also will go!
(That the assumption of Mary into Heaven occurred is a dogma of the Church- meaning it is certain. The exact location and stories surrounding it are not definitively declared, some also think Ephesus was the location. Still there are very ancient traditions that connect these events to Jerusalem. See the photos to learn about these fascinating traditions.)
This is the crypt of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion. There is an ancient tradition that this is the place of Mary’s Dormition (falling asleep).
This is the area in Church of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary in Jerusalem where the empty tomb is preserved. It is an ancient tradition that after Mary’s falling asleep her body was taken and buried in a tomb in the Garden of Gethsemane. But, that like our Lord, her body and soul was taken up to Heaven from there.
There is an ancient tradition that St. Thomas was absent during the Dormition, but that he saw Mary being assumed into Heaven and when he asked where she was going, she threw him her cincture. In the photograph is the place where it is believed that this occurred at St. Mary Magdalene’s Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem. Pieces of this cincture are preserved and venerated as relics in various churches in the East.
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.