According to the calendar, today is officially the first day of spring. Be that as it may be, it has felt like spring in Santa Rosa for a while and we have treated it as such.
"Hail, holy Joseph, hail! Chaste spouse of Mary, hail!" begins a well-loved devotional hymn, one of the hymns we sing in honor of St. Joseph on his feasts and on Wednesdays throughout the year. Today is one of great conventual joy. The silence and austerity of Lenten disciplines give way to the celebration of the Solemnity. Even the bright flowers on the altar proclaim the Church's veneration of so great a saint.
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of God and Foster Father of Jesus, is our father in a special way. To him we confide our temporal wants, to him we confide our vocations, to him do we go when in need spiritually or temporally. Each year, we pray a novena leading up to his feastday, thanking him for his care of our Community and entrusting to him our petitions.
A MEMBER of the "24 Club", St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows is a special inspiration to the young, students, clerics, and novices whose patron he is. In his short life, he rose heroically from an average, even worldly, life to one of great perfection, as is exhibited by the resolutions which guided his brief religious life.
Alleluia cannot always
Be our song while here below;
Alleluia our transgressions
Make us for awhile forgo...
"How poor a life in which there is not thirst. Craving and longing, and the restlessness which goes with them are a sort of consolation in themselves, and a hint of likeness with Him; and it is craving and longing, more than anything else, which makes the difference between one's good and bad days." - from Notes of a Meditation by Mother Janet Stuart
Christ came to do the will of the Father who sent Him, and He did it steadily, becoming a cause of salvation for all who obey. Our lives of consecration are lives of deep identification with the His sacred life; each of our actions proceeds from His will and is carried on by His assistance, redounding for His glory.
The Institute on Religious Life recently officially added the Community to its roster of affiliate communities. We have been actively involved in with the Institute since our founding, benefiting from their resources and seminars, and this past fall, giving back by our presence at the IRL Gala fundraiser.
Our vowed life is a life lived in imitation of Christ's life. Fr. Louis Colin writes about religious life, "Devised by the sovereign Wisdom, from all eternity, proposed by the Master to His disciples, it is one of the exquisite fruits of the Redemption: a vigorous and immortal offshoot growing at the very foot of the Tree of the Cross, watered and nourished by the Blood of Jesus."
“To hope that any other will please me does wrong to my Spouse. I will be his who first chose me for himself." St. Agnes