Rejoice, O sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings,
you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son.
- Benedictus Antiphon
"O all ye that pass by the way, attend,
and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!"
- Lamentations 1:12
"Thou has redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue, and people, and nation, and hast made us to our God a kingdom.
- Psalm 88:2 | Introit for the Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus
"O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life,
Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love.
You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
O my adorable and loving Savior,
consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflamed.
Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions. Amen."
- St. Gertrude the Great
Blessed are they who imitate Our Lady,
for in imitating her, they imitate Christ.
"Through her, Jesus came to us; through her we should go to Him.
If we are afraid of going directly to Jesus, who is God, because of his infinite greatness, or our lowliness, or our sins, let us implore without fear
the help and intercession of Mary, our Mother."
True Devotion: 84
"God the Father wishes Mary to be the mother
of His children until the end of time ..."
True Devotion #29
Mother's Day in the convent brings about a thrice-fold thanksgiving in the heart of every Sister.
Ubi caritas et amor Deus ibi est
Where charity and love are, there is God
The Lord again presents us today with a timing that causes contemplation. Today being both Holy Thursday and April 1, the month whose devotion is dedicated to the Most Holy Eucharist. The True Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist is a devotion which swells in our hearts today as we celebrate both the Institution of the Eucharist and the conferral of the Holy Priesthood.
St. Joseph is also a particular model for our religious community. We are, by the essential elements of our charism, a Marian, Ecclesial, and Eucharistic community. These facets of our spirit find expression in, among other areas: our total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, daily Eucharistic Adoration, and praying for priests, respectively. In each of these, we can look to St. Joseph to learn how to live our consecrated lives in a way most pleasing to Our Beloved Jesus.
Hail Joseph, guardian of all those who have embraced holy virginity ...
St. Joseph as the Model of Religious
It is our great pleasure and privilege to honor our beloved spiritual father, St. Joseph, in this, his month (and his year!). He, with Our Blessed Mother and St. Louis Marie de Montfort, is a principal patron of our community. But surely, it is only right and just that he has a certain pride of place in patronage for any religious house; he is, after all, the “protector of virgins”—as he is acclaimed in his litany.