As the New Year begins, many people look towards the motto, "new year, new me." Many wish to get back on track with their health - starting exercise routines or a different way of eating. Others focus on mental health. removing stress in their life, or carving out more time for family and loved ones. Thankfully, others wish to bring about a healthier soul - diving deeper into their spiritual life. All of these are good attitudes for one to have, providing that we see that a healthier body, mind, and soul helps one to serve God better and to more perfectly do His will.
"The Church presents to us the 'first fruits' of these 'true Christians,' those who by their works, and even by their death, having sung the glory of the Redeemer. We see them in the retinue of the divine Child, like angels on earth, who unite their hymn to that of the angels in heaven."
The glory of God is our supreme end, what all creation groans for in expectation. By grace we begin to share in that glory which shall be fulfilled in the eternal bliss of union with the Holy Trinity. Let us join with Our Mother, Mediatrix of all Graces and St. Louis Marie de Montfort in meditating on our blessed hope in the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
Suffering and sorrow is our lot here upon this sinful earth. Far from abandoning us to our self-imposed misery, Our Lord enters into our sorrows in His Incarnation, and particularly in His Passion and Death, in order to redeem us by setting us free from our sins. His Mother joins Him in her role as co-redemptrix, sharing His and our suffering as the most tender of mothers. Let us join with Our Sorrowful Mother and St. Louis Marie de Montfort in meditating on the great love of Our Lord in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Our Lord is Himself luminous; radiating light, illuminating and revealing the mysteries of the Kingdom of God to the world that dwells in the darkness and error of sin. The Mysteries of Light, or the Luminous Mysteries, invite us to meditate on Christ’s public ministry when He made Himself known as the revelation of God, God Who seeks us in the darkness to draw us to His never-failing Light. Let us join with Our Blessed Mother and St. Louis Marie de Montfort to find this illumination in the five Luminous Mysteries.
Joy is the special kind of happiness that comes from being in the presence of one we love. The rosary, and the Joyful Mysteries in particular, allow us to experience the greatest of joys, that of being with Our Lord Who loves us above all things, Who longs to shower us with graces as we pray. Let us join with Our Blessed Mother and St. Louis Marie de Montfort to find this blessed fruit in the five Joyful Mysteries.
"Grant we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we, who in our affliction put our trust in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy protection against all adversity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen."
- Collect of the Mass of Rogation
"In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none." - Psalm 68 (69)
The city of Santa Rosa and the surrounding area is well known for its beautiful parks. There are about 70 parks within a short distance of the convent. When our Lord provides good weather, the sisters sometimes have a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the marvelous work of the Creator.
"He whom the Virgin bore is acknowledged today by the whole world ... Today is the glorious Feast of His Manifestation." - Roman Breviary
The Twelve Days of Christmas comes to a close with one of the greatest feasts in the Church's liturgical year: Epiphany. On this feast, we celebrate God manifesting Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, as a humble little child to the Gentiles.