in the most fundamental expression of His union with the Father in fulfilling His Father's will:
"I always do what pleases Him" (Jn. 8:29). It is especially through obedience that Christ Himself offers to religious the experience of full Christian freedom.
~ Essential Elements
Early in the month, several Sisters had the opportunity to assist at Camp 12, the Diocesan camp for students in the 7-9th grades. In continuity with the diocesan efforts to commemorate this 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, the camp was focused on the message of Our Lady, allowing the Sisters to share our Marian charism in a particular way.
Each summer for the past four years, the Sisters have been blessed to spend a day with the young ladies attending the Little Flowers Girl's Camp. This year, the theme of the camp was "The Great Hot Air Balloon Race" to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady, so the Sisters spent the day presenting the message of Fatima and its importance in our lives today. They were also able to join Father, the campers and staff for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and a wonderful lunch.
Several of the Sisters were privileged to join Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Archbishops Alexander Sample and Salvatore Cordileone, our own dear Bishop, Bishop Robert Vasa, and other chant and liturgy experts for a three day immersion in sacred liturgy and Gregorian chant. This year's theme was "The Voice of the Bridegroom" and focused on the liturgy, Church history, and the role of Gregorian chant in the Church. The conference was intellectually, spiritually, and liturgically enriching and our Bishop gave an excellent conference on "The Heart of the Liturgy".
The Sisters listening to Bishop Vasa speak