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.
Mother Mary Wendy and Sr. Mary Augustine are on double duty mowing today! We are offering all our work in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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.
If you are a fan of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis you will not want to miss a live webinar tonight by Joseph Pearce that explores the Christian philosophy of myth behind their works- as said by G.K. Chesterton: "not facts first, truth first."
Truth beyond Reality
Sr. Mary Francis had an interesting mediation on the weeds growing up with the wheat today, except she found some great heads of GARLIC amidst the weeds instead!
The Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat.
He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest;* then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
The Servant of God Sr. Alfonsa shared with her patron the same debilitating disease, rheumatoid arthritis, which she offered up to the Lord with such grace that many people did not know the depths of her physical pain. She practiced the apostolate of the smile; smiling heroically in the midst of her suffering. This saintly sister lived in Steubenville for 8 years from 1960-1968. Below is her reflection on her vocation of reparation. To learn more about her life visit: www.srmaryalfonsa.com
“Reparation. This word I see written on the earth with blood, because blood was the price paid by the Son of Man, and blood must be the price paid by souls of reparation. Their life must pass through the difficulty of the cross…one might believe that this offering would occur in peace, in serenity; the scene of Gethsemane reminds us instead of the tragic anguish of this offer. But in heaven I see it written in gold letters; therefore, Reparation embraced, becomes gold. It is love that makes it acceptable, desirable. One cannot want the fruit of love without first having planted the tree of the cross in the center of one’s heart. We make reparation because Love is not loved.”
- Sr. Alfonsa of the Child Jesus
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