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
"Behold, I make all things new." Each day, our beloved Lord invites us to begin anew. Each day, we are given the opportunity to serve Him more faithfully, to resemble Him more closely.
There are few things that bring more joy in Community life than sharing in each other's joy. On the feast of Mary, Help of Christians, we collectively entered into the joy of Sister Mary Catherine of Mary, Mother of the Church and Sister Mary Emmanuel of Mary, Cause of Our Joy as they made their first profession of vows.
Sister and her class
At the culmination of several years of serious study, our dear Sister Mary Vianney graduated from Divine Mercy University this month at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, TX, celebrated the baccalaureate Mass.
'Tis the month of our Mother, but it is also a season of retreats, sacraments, presentations, and any number of other apostolic adventures!
Resurrexit sicut dixit! Alleluia! May the grace of the resurrection of our Lord fill your hearts this joyous season! As might be imagined, the Sacred Triduum is a most beautiful and very full time for the Sisters. Living as we do at the service of the Sacred Liturgy, there was scarcely a breather between Palm Sunday and the present moment for side duties (such as blogging), but now that we are basking in the glow of the Easter season, there may be time to share a little about our Holy Week and Easter, beginning with a few highlights.