“...A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a man on fire with love, who spreads its flames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives by all means possible to set the whole world on fire with God’s love. Nothing daunts him; he delights in privations, welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander, and rejoices in suffering. His only concern is how he can best follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him in working, suffering, and striving constantly and single-mindedly for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.”
May we, too, as Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, live by these words!
St. Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago, founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Apostle of the Holy Rosary
Feastdays: October 23 and October 24
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!
“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus,
Our Redeemer, who loves His Mother.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort
In praying our rosary, we follow the method of St. Louis de Montfort who assigned to each decade a fruit to be meditated on and asked for. These seemingly simple reflections add an additional layer to the beauty of this prayer. Thus, before praying the first Joyful mystery, for example, the Sister who is leading the rosary would pray:
"I unite with all the saints in Heaven, with all the just on earth, and with all the faithful here present. I unite with Thee, O my Jesus, in order to praise worthily Thy Holy Mother and to praise Thee in her and through her. I renounce all the distractions that I may have during this Rosary, which I wish to say with modesty, attention, and devotion, just as if it were to be the last of my life. We offer Thee, O Most Holy Trinity, this Creed in honor of all the mysteries of our Faith; this Our Father and these three Hail Marys in honor of the unity of Thy Essence and the Trinity of Thy Persons. We ask of Thee a lively faith, a firm hope and an ardent charity. Amen." ~ St. Louis de Montfort
Francesco Botticini's Assumption of the Virgin shows the three hierarchies and nine choirs of angels
More commonly known as the month devoted to Our Lady and the Most Holy Rosary, October is also devoted to the Holy Angels. We are blessed to be surrounded by angel guardians at all times, spirits who pray and intercede for us, who protect us and guide us throughout our lives.
The Sanctus that we pray at each and every Mass is the prayer of the angels, a prayer that we join with in profound adoration of Almighty God. Of this great prayer, the Benedictine Abbot Prosper Guerrenger writes,
"After confessing the holiness and Strength of God, the Church adds: Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. There is no way, more magnificent than this, of expressing the Glory of God; verily there is no nook or corner of Creation where shines not forth the Glory of God; everything is produced by His Power, and everything gives Him Glory. Holy Church transported on beholding this, cries out aloud: Hosanna in excelsis. We read in the Sacred Scriptures that this cry was uttered by the Jews, when Jesus was entering into Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, and the people shouted Hosanna filio David; yes, Hosanna,which means Salvation, a salutation of deep respect. Holy Church blends both of these together, making one of the Sanctus and of this solemn salutation: Hosanna in excelsis, Hosanna in the highest.... Just as at the commencement of Mass, she would have us unite with the Angels in chanting the Kyrie a very cry of distress, so now she bids us mingle our voices once again with their Angelic Choirs, but in a manner totally different to the former occasion; lo! now she has entered into the mysteries, - she is on the point of coming into complete possession thereof; - therefore is she seized with enthusiasm, and her one thought now is to sing to her God: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Hosanna in excelsis. Verily, the Jews did well to shout their Hosanna, as they went, wending in glad procession down the Mount of Olives, towards Jerusalem, entering by the Golden Gate; all was in harmony, and breathed triumph; but how far more fitting is it for us to sing it, at this portentous moment, when the Son of God is about to come down in the midst of us who truly know Him!"
BLESS the Lord, all ye His Angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute
His word, hearkening to the voice of His orders. ~ Introit from the Mass for St. Michael
On this feast of the three named Archangels, the Sisters particularly love to honor the angels by singing the hymn "Michael, Prince of All the Angels". In this triumphant hymn, St. Michael is given pride of place for His role as Defender, but the Gabriel and Rafael are also honored in their roles as Messenger and Healer. Each of the other choirs of angels are mentioned, with a special note of thanks for our faithful guardian angels.
Mary, Queen of all the Angels, "whose garment is the sun," pray for us who turn to thee!
"Only a God Who is love could ask you to love Him with all your heart.
Only He Who has given you everything could ask you for everything."
Regina Pacis, ora pro nobis!
Regina Pacis in the basilica of St. Mary Major
"In union with Mary, Mother of the Church, we strive to magnify Jesus Christ,
her Divine Son, by communicating the Beauty, Goodness, and Truth of the Catholic faith in
a spirit of joyful evangelization while living the fullness of the Church's liturgical life."
~ Charism Statement of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place " ~ Letter accompanying Summorum Pontificum
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the issuing of Summorum Pontificum and in thanksgiving for our precious charism, the special gift that God has given us for the life of the Church, our Superiors and Chaplain recently traveled to the Eternal City on pilgrimage. There they had to opportunity to join in many of the liturgies and conferences hosted by the Summorum Pontficum 2017 pilgrimage and to pray for the community and the Church at the major basilicas and other sacred places.
"When you shall see a soul leave all things to adhere to the Word with all her strength, live by Him,
allow herself to be guided by Him... a soul, in short, who can say: for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,
then you can indubitably recognize her for a spouse of the Word." ~ St. Bernard
The Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus as He places a ring of St. Catherine's finger - by Hans Memling
Our consecration as religious women is most beautifully expressed and summed up by the three primary
relationships in our life: Daughter, Spouse, Mother.
"I am a daughter of the Church." ~ St. Teresa of Avila
"The nuptial dimension belongs to the whole Church, but consecrated life is a vivid
image of it, since it more clearly expresses the impulse towards the Bridegroom." ~ Verbi Sponsa
There is a need for people able to show... the motherly face of the Church, people who spend their lives
so that others can have life and hope. The Church needs consecrated persons who, even before committing themselves to the service of this or that noble cause, allow themselves to be transformed by God's grace and
conform themselves fully to the Gospel. VC 105
Daughter, Spouse, Mother ~ in each of these, the Sister holds Our Lady as her Model and Mistress. May Mary, Daughter of the Eternal Father, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Mother of Christ and of the Church, pray for us and obtain for us the grace of final perseverance in our holy vocation as a
Daughter of the Church,
Spouse of Christ,
Mother of souls!
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom the world
is crucified to me, and I to the world (Galatians 6:14). ~ Introit for the Exultation of the Cross
“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us.
There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear
that Christ has not already born for us, and does not now bear with us.”~ St. John Paul II
Saint Augustine says: "Beautiful is God, the Word with God ... He is beautiful in heaven,
beautiful on earth; beautiful in the womb, beautiful in his parents' arms, beautiful in his miracles, beautiful in his sufferings; beautiful in inviting to life, beautiful in not worrying about death, beautiful in giving up his life and beautiful in taking it up again; he is beautiful on the Cross, beautiful in the tomb, beautiful in heaven. Listen to the song with understanding, and let not the weakness of the flesh distract your eyes from the splendor of his beauty." The consecrated life reflects the splendor of this love because, by its fidelity to the mystery of the Cross, it confesses that it believes and lives by the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this way it [consecrated life] helps the Church to remain aware that the Cross is the superabundance of God's love poured out upon this world, and that it is the great sign of Christ's saving presence, especially in the midst of difficulties and trials.... Fidelity to God also inspires devotion to neighbor, a devotion which consecrated persons live out not without sacrifice by constantly interceding for the needs of their brothers and sisters, generously serving the poor and the sick, sharing the hardships of others and participating in the concerns and trials of the Church. ~ Vita Consecrata (emphasis added)