"The Virgin Mary was taken up to the heavenly bridal chamber
where the King of kings is seated on a heavenly throne."
- Antiphon from Vespers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we celebrate Our Lady being assumed, body and soul, into Heaven where she is fully united to her Creator and Lover of her soul. So too on Sunday did we celebrate the reception of Postulants into the chamber of our community, where each Sister lives with her Divine Spouse.
Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee
Heart of Mary, I implore Thee
Heart of Joseph, good and just…
In these three Hearts I place my trust.
"Suscipe me, Domine, secundum eloquium tuum et viviam,
et non confundas me ab expectation mea."
After the profession of Holy Vows, wherein, the Religious is now perpetually professed, she implores Our Lord to receive her in His great mercy chanting: “Receive me, O Lord, according to Thy word, and I shall live:
and let me not be confounded in my hope” (from Psalm 119)
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.
Last Saturday, on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the temple, we witnessed the most awe-inspiring profession of perpetual vows of Sr. Mary Vianney, MSSR and Sr. Caritas Marie, MSSR. Heaven was rejoicing as Jesus gained two beautiful brides for eternity. Join us in rejoicing with the angels and thanking God for His abundant blessings!
Perpetual Profession Slideshow
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King (OF) immediately following the Perpetual Profession of Vows of our two Sisters, we reflect gratefully on His Kingship in our lives as His spouses.
"We sit at the School of Mary as she teaches us in the Rosary to contemplate
the beauty of the face of Christ, to experience the depths of His love,
and to draw down the specific graces of each mystery here and now
upon Christ’s living members, most especially our Holy Father."
- MSSR Constitutions
As the Sisters are about their respective duties behind closed doors - in the refectory, kitchen or chapel - they may periodically hear, "scratch .... scratch, scratch, scratch." This familiar sound is our little dog's attempt at communicating with the Sisters on the other side of the door. It usually means one of two things: "I'd like to come in" or "I'd like to see what's on the other side."
With great joy, we welcomed new sisters into our religious community on Thursday, the Feast of the Transfiguration.