Religious life, as a consecration of the whole person, manifests in the Church a wonderful marriage brought about by God, a sign of the future age, and of the indissoluble union of Christ with his Church. Thus religious bring to perfection their full gift as a sacrifice offered to God by which their whole existence becomes a continuous worship of God in love. ~ Can. 607.1
Loving Christ above all else!
Mary, Queen and Model of Religious, pray for us!
Blessed Solanus Casey, pray for us!
The life consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels is a stable form of living by which the faithful, following Christ more closely under the action of the Holy Spirit, are totally dedicated to God who is loved most of all, so that, having been dedicated by a new and special title to His honor, to the building up of the Church, and to the salvation of the world, they strive for the perfection of charity in the service of the kingdom of God and, having been made an outstanding sign in the Church, foretell the heavenly glory. ~ Code of Canon Law, 573.1
Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the "Mother" of Churches, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. St. John Lateran, as the Pope's Cathedral Church, holds a preeminent place in the life of the Church and this feast presents us with the opportunity to thank God for the gift of His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis: requiescant in pace. Amen.
November, the month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, is observed with special love by the Sisters. It is our custom to write out the names of our deceased loved ones and place the list on the altar so that they can be particularly remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the month. Each of the Sisters includes the Holy Souls in her daily prayers for the month and we strive to visit the graves of the faithful departed frequently, especially this first week when plenary indulgences can be gained for the souls in purgatory.
Indulgences for the Holy Souls
Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day
A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted to the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory on November 2nd, All Souls Day.
Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence on All Souls Day
Visiting a Cemetery
Praying for the Souls in Purgatory
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when saying the “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen." or " Resquiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis: requiescant in pace. Amen."
~ From the Handbook for Indulgences
“O Almighty God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one Communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys which Thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love Thee; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.” ~ Collect for All Saints' Day
Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico
Christ the Crown of All the Saints
"When we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, we ought to repeat to ourselves the words that St. Augustine heard: Cur non poteris quod isti, quod istae? What reasons have we for not tending to holiness? Oh, I know well what each one is tempted to say: 'I have such or such a difficulty, I have such or such a trial to contend with, I cannot become saint.' But be sure that all the saints have met with such difficulties, such trials, and much greater ones than yours. Thus then none can say, 'Holiness is not for me.'" ~ From Blessed Abbot Marmion's book, Christ in His Mysteries
Mary, Queen of all saints, pray for us!
All ye Saints of God, intercede for us!
All ye consecrated to God, pray for us!
The triumph of Christ as King is celebrated on the last Sunday of October in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite. Abbot Guerranger writes about this great celebration in The Liturgical Year:
"Christians have ever hailed our Divine Lord as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It was as a King that the representatives of the Eastern world came to adore Him in the manger; it was as a King, albeit not knowing what he did, that the official representative of the western world lifted Him up on the Cross. The patriarchs and prophets of the old dispensation foretold His royalty; He spoke constantly of His Kingdom: when asked plainly whether He were in truth a King by the representative of Caesar, He acknowledged that such indeed He was, though of a Kingdom not of this world.
"His Kingship is founded upon the ineffable hypostatic union. It is spiritual, and concerned with spiritual things. It is opposed to none other than that of Satan, and to the powers of darkness. Christ is King over Angels and men; King over men's hearts and wills; His Kingship demands of its subjects a spirit of detachment from riches and earthly things, and a spirit of gentleness. They must hunger and thirst after justice and, more than this, they must deny themselves and carry the cross."
May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you, O Christ our King!
Those who have dedicated their lives to Christ cannot fail to
live in the hope of meeting him, in order to be with him for ever.
~ Vita Consecrata, 26
Our life is a sharing in the charity of Christ, in his love for the Father and for his brothers and sisters, a love forgetful of self.
~ Fraternal Life in Community, 21
O Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for us!
Come now, loving Mother, let us lose no time. Here I am: dispose of me as you will, for you know that I am wholly yours. I trust that you will do this out of your great kindness, pity, and mercy, and I ask you this through the love you bear for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret
O Mary, Comfortress of the afflicted, pray for us who cry out to thee!
Rose-tinted by the smoke, Our Lady watches over the convent
Sister thanking service men for delivering cots and supplies for the evacuees
In spite of the natural disaster happening in our own city and diocese, the heart of our life continues uninterrupted. The Sisters continue to gather for our regular periods of prayer throughout the day, and individually and communally have increased the fervor and amount of prayer and supplication offered to our good God on behalf of the people of our Diocese.
Please keep the people of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in your prayers! Pray for protection and for the courage and wisdom necessary to proceed with rebuilding and re-establishing our diocese, schools, and cities.
Our Lady still stands in front of burnt classrooms at Cardinal Newman High School (NCR Photo)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now!