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?)
If friends are those with whom you spend many pleasant hours, books are some of a Sister’s closest friends - she certainly spends a great deal of time in their company!
"God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world." - Galatians 6:14
These words of St. Paul are the words we heard in the Introit of the Mass on September 14 for the Exultation of the Holy Cross, and also today for the Commemoration of the Imprinting of the Holy Stigmata on the Body of St. Francis.
The saying, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!" is much more applicable in the convent than one might think.
Summer has drawn to a close, school has begun, and the Sisters resume the steadiness of their regular apostolates after a summer of apostolic adventures in our Diocese and beyond.
"The Assumption reminds us that Mary’s life, like that of every Christian, is a journey of following, following Jesus, a journey that has a very precise destination, a future already marked out: the definitive victory over sin and death and full communion with God, because as Paul says in his Letter to the Ephesians the Father 'raised us up with Him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus' (Eph 2: 6) ...
In the spring, Sister Gardener launched into a fun endeavor: growing sunflowers! A basic rule of gardening is to plant a few more seeds than desired in the case that not all of them sprout. Much to Sister's surprise (and our enjoyment), all the seeds decided to sprout and blossom this summer!
With grateful hearts we extend a hearty "thank you" to all who made our annual BBQ such a delightful day for God's glory. May God, who is never outdone in generosity, bless abundantly each of you - our generous hosts, dedicated Committee members and volunteers, families, and all who supported us by your prayers and presence.
A "flock" of Sisters out and about together inevitably results in stares, not-so-discrete-pictures, videos, and requests for prayers. Add to the group a priest in cassock and zucchetto, and the interest is magnified. Recently, a number of the Sisters went to visit our Chaplain's new assignment, the Newman Center at Sonoma State University. Occasions such as walking through a secular college campus in habit cause our own attention to this expression of our life of consecration to be heightened. It gives an opportunity to reflect more deeply on what the habit means and why we wear it.
"And Mary, what shall we say to Thee? Mary, Thou art the Sacristan of the High Priest!
Thou wert a Sacristan in Bethlehem when He did come to Thee as wheat and grapes in
the crib of Bethlehem. Thou wert His Sacristan at the Cross, where He became the Living
Bread and Wine through the Crucifixion. Thou art His Sacristan now, as He comes from
the altar of the Cross wearing only the drained chalice of His sacred Body."
- Calvary and the Mass