Ite ad Joseph
"Go to Joseph" - the meaning of which you can learn more about here - is the aspiration for the month of March, the month of St. Joseph. In this simple phrase one finds a profound confidence in the intercessory power of St. Joseph. As head of the household and father of the family, Mary and Jesus both went to St. Joseph for their needs; and if they went to St. Joseph, so can we. During this month of St. Joseph, we pray that your devotion may grow to love he who is the patron of the universal Church.
"Let us amend and do better for those things in which we have sinned through ignorance lest, suddenly prevented by the day of death, we seek time for penance, and be not able to find it. Attend, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against Thee. "
- Response chanted by the choir during the reception of ashes
Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of Mary - Jesus Who is the Light revealed to the nations, and Our Lady who is the pure reflection of this light. But now, as Septuagesima begins, we follow Christ, "the Light of men" into the darkness.
Septuagesima is now but nine days away, and so in the month of February, the Church turns our attention toward the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - that we may begin to prepare our hearts for the holy season of Lent.
Any opportunity to be Mary's hands and heart in the world is an opportunity well spent! This weekend held multiple of these opportunities as the Sisters spread out across the west coast to live the Mystery of the Visitation and joyfully bring Our Lord to all. Here is a little recap of the weekend:
In the witness of every young, virgin martyr, the religious finds renewed inspiration in how to live her vocation: to love Jesus Christ with an undivided and pure heart, to see Him as the Spouse of her soul, and to give this gift of love completely until death. We see this very example in the life and death of St. Agnes, whose feast we celebrate today. May this young virgin martyr pray for us and help us to live out our spousal union to Jesus Christ, Who has betrothed each of us.
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.