"Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord the most high God,
above all women upon the earth. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem,
thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people."
- Gradual for the Immaculate Conception (Judith 13:23)
“During this time of transition from life in the secular world, the postulant learns
to grow in intimacy with Jesus Christ through Eucharistic prayer, the practice
of recollection, generous self-sacrifice, and joyful community life.”
- Constitutions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
As the weather here in Santa Rosa has shifted - from blue, warm, sunny skies to overcast, cold, and rainy - there too has been a shift in the convent atmosphere: Advent has come upon us and the new liturgical year has begun.
"The royalty of Christ rests upon a twofold basis. He is our King by right of birth and by right of conquest. The first refers us to the personality of the Son of God, whereby, in His divine nature as God and by virtue of the hypostatic union, He is the sovereign Lord and Master. The second places before us the God-Man coming down on earth to rescue fallen man from the slavery of Satan, and by the labors and sufferings of His life, and passion, and death, to win a glorious victory for us over sin and hell." - 1962 Roman Missal
Fall is well underway here in Santa Rosa and at Regina Pacis Convent as the golden leaves make quite a contrast with the scattered, blooming flowers. The season began with a postulant project: pumpkin carving - Catholic style. We may be a bit biased, but we think these were the finest carved pumpkins in town! (Who wouldn't want a monstrance with accentuating candelabra for table or fireplace decor?)
O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the deep pit; deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell engulf them not, nor they fall into darkness, but let Michael, the holy standard-bearer, bring them into the holy light which Thou once didst promise to Abraham and his seed. We offer Thee, O Lord, sacrifices and prayers of praise; do Thou accept them for those souls whom we this day commemorate; grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to the life which Thou once didst promise to Abraham and his seed.
- Offertory from Daily Requiem Mass
"When we love, we remember; and this memory, the effect of love, is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into deeds for the loved one. Why, when sorrow is united with faith, should not our sad memories resolve themselves into sentiments sweet and precious to the soul? To recall the features, the accents, the manners, and the sentiments of a loved one is still to see him, to hear him, to touch him, and to associate him with the joys and sorrows which he formerly shared." - Gergeres
Barely two years after the devastating fires that consumed neighborhoods in Santa Rosa and the surrounding areas, the area is again threatened by fire. By God's providence, the Community is safe and able to continue our life of prayer and sacrifice on behalf of those more directly in the fire's path.