"Wisdom was born of the tenderest, the gentlest, and the most beautiful of all mothers... because He is Eternal Wisdom, tenderness, and beauty Itself."
Sister teaching little ones about Consecrated Life
"And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him." This is the love of the Redeemer: a love that flows from all the human and divine depths of the Redemption. This love reflects the eternal love of the Father, who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.
The Easter Octave is a time for community building - extra time together doing those things that rejuvenate us as individuals and as a "family" unit. This did not prevent us from sharing the joy of the season with those outside of the community. Two members of the community traveled to Mundelein Seminary to participate in the Institute on Religious Life's annual conference. The theme of this year's conference was "Religious Life, Ever Ancient, Ever Beautiful..." In recognition of his staunch fidelity to the faith and his acheivements in publishing and education, Fr. Joseph Fessio received this year's Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award.
Jesus greets His Mother after the Resurrection
Mary as Witness to Whole Pascal Mystery
After Jesus had been laid in the tomb, Mary “alone remains to keep alive the flame of faith, preparing to receive the joyful and astonishing announcement of the Resurrection” (Address at the General Audience, 3 April 1996). The expectation felt on Holy Saturday is
Holy Saturday is the day on which the Church contemplates the rest of Christ in the tomb, after the victorious battle of the cross. She remembers his descent into the world of death to heal the roots of humanity, and she expects his promise to be fulfilled: "The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles..., they will kill him, and in three days he will be resurrected " (Mk 10, 33-34).