Text from a poem by Sr. Mary Karis of the Holy Spirit, Poor Clare
Sr. Marie de Lourdes, Sr. Mary Emmanuel, Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Maria Magdelena,
Sr. Michelle Marie, Mother Teresa Christe
Please join us in praying for our new novices:
Sr. Michelle Marie of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels,
Sr. Maria Magdelena of Our Lady of Fatima,
Sr. Mary Catherine of Mary, Mother of the Church,
and Sr. Mary Emmanuel of Mary, Cause of our Joy.
Mary, Queen and Mother of Religious, pray for us!
Our Lady in thy Visitation,intercede for us!
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Sorrows and my Mother,
you are God's greatest achievement in womanhood.
Help me to realize my religious womanhood
by bearing in my heart all the swords of the world's sorrows,
and pouring out the healing of my compassionate love
upon all whose lives touch mine.
May I find my fulfillment as you found yours - in giving.
May I be spent, as you were spent, in loving and comforting.
Gentle Mother, valiant Mother,
make me a woman according to your heart,
generous and given in the sight of your Son,
our Lord, and my Spouse. Amen.
"In answer to Our Lady's request at Fatima, we are greatly devoted to the recitation of the Holy Rosary (cf. Can. 663.4). 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, XV
On this 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, we reflect gratefully on the her message, including her request for us to share in her Son's work of salvation, "Pray much and sacrifice yourselves for sinners." In Christ's suffering and passion, human suffering is infused with the light of grace and human sorrow becomes redemptive. All of our suffering now has the capacity to be co-redemptive in and through Christ. All of the little sufferings and inconveniences of our daily lives become opportunities, opportunities of grace for us and opportunities to console the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Since sacrifices are the offering of something precious to God, our sacrifices are not limited to painful experiences or ordeals but may and should include all things. Everything, regardless of how small or delightful, may be offered as a loving sacrifice to God in reparation for the offenses against the most tender and loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In this way, in every moment of our day we can be responding to Mary's call for prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of the souls in our care.
"Even outside times of formal prayer we unite our hearts and minds with our Spouse, Jesus Christ. Through this contemplative union, and illumined by the light of the Holy Spirit, we seek to be more effective channels of His activity in the Church." ~ Constitutions
The Sisters renewing their total consecration to Jesus through Mary following a May crowning
Of white-thorn, fayre white thorn,
Of Chryste's crowne I sing,
Of Marye, Flower of Heaven
Of Chryste our Joye and Kyng.
A medieval poem found in a book by Sr. Mary Catherine Anderson, O.P.
Madonna Adoring the Baby Jesus by Francesco Botti
Mary, Queen of the May, Pray for us!
Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!
THE LAST WORDS OF MARY that were spoken in Sacred Scripture were the words of total abandonment to the will of God. "Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye." As Dante said: "In His will is our peace." Love has no other destiny than to obey Christ. Our wills are ours only to give away. The human heart is torn between a sense of emptiness and a need of being filled, like the water pots of Cana. The emptiness comes from the fact that we are human. The power of filling belongs only to Him Who ordered the water pots filled. Lest any heart should fail in being filled, Mary's last valedictory is: "Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye." The heart has a need of emptying and a need of being filled. The power of emptying is human - emptying in the love of others - the power of filling belongs only to God. Hence all perfect love must end on the note: "Not my will but Thine be done, O Lord." ~ Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!