"It was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in the act of giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father. It was fitting that God's Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God." - St. John Damascene
"While the face of Jesus shone as the sun, his garments became white as snow. Now these garments so snow-white, as St. Mark observes, that no fuller on earth could have bleached them so, are the just men, the royal ornament inseparable from the Man-God, the Church, the seamless robe woven by our sweet Queen for her Son out of the purest wool and most beautiful linen that the valiant woman could find. Although our Lord personally has now passed the torrent of suffering and entered forever into his glory, nevertheless the bright mystery of the Transfiguration will not be complete until the last of the elect, having passed through the laborious preparation at the hands of the Divine Fuller, and tasted death, has joined in the Resurrection of our adorable Head. O Face of our Savior that dost ravish the heavens, then will all glory, all beauty, all love shine forth from thee. Expressing God by the perfect resemblance of true Son by nature, thou wilt extend the good pleasure of the Father to that reflection of his Word, which constitutes the sons of adoption, and reaches in the Holy Ghost even to the lowest fringes of his garment which fills the temple below him."
- Dom Prosper Gueranger on the Transfiguration
“I want My Church to…put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart
beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.”
- Our Lord to Sr. Lucia
"God began the work of our redemption in the Heart of Mary, given that it was through Her ‘fiat’ that the redemption began to come about. This Immaculate Heart must be for us a refuge and the way that leads to God ... We see that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be established in the world by means of a true consecration, through conversion and self-giving. Christ began, with Mary, the work of our salvation. It was from Mary that Christ received the Body and Blood that are to be poured out and offered up for the salvation of the world. Hence, Mary, made one with Christ, is the co-Redemptrix of the human race.” - Sr. Lucia on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Unlimited is the effectiveness of the God-Man’s Blood — just as unlimited as the love that impelled him to pour it out for us, first at his circumcision eight days after birth, and more profusely later on in his agony in the garden, in his scourging and crowning with thorns, in his climb to Calvary and crucifixion, and finally from out that great wide wound in his side which symbolizes the divine Blood cascading down into all the Church’s sacraments. Such sur passing love suggests, nay demands, that everyone reborn in the torrents of that Blood adore it with grateful love." - Pope St. John XXIII on Promoting Devotion to the Most Precious Blood
"Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth:
they shall remember Thy name, O Lord."
- Graudal (Ps. 44:17)
To Jesus my heart, my all, forever ...
With profound gratitude to the Most Holy Trinity, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa joyfully announce the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Sister Mary Victoria of Our Sorrowful Mother on Saturday, June 25, 2022, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated by The Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa, Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, at the Cathedral of St. Eugene at 10:30 a.m.
Sister Mary Victoria is a native of Haiti and a daughter of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York where she attended Holy Innocents Parish.
"I am the Bride of Him Whom the Angels serve,
Who the sun and moon gaze upon with admiring wonder.
The Lord Jesus has placed His ring upon my finger.
He has clothed me in the character of His Spouse."
- words of St. Agnes used in the Mass of Perpetual Profession
Sister Mary Regina of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary
Sister Maria Consolata of Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Sister Josefa of Our Lady of the Annunciation
- presentation of the blue veil -
"Temporary profession is a time to experience and train in the apostolic works of the community and to attain professional education while integrating the religious and spiritual training of the novitiate (cf. Can. 659) ... While growing in closer union with Christ, the vowed religious learns to “combine contemplation with apostolic love. By the former, she clings to God in mind and heart; by the latter she strives to associate herself with the work of redemption and to spread the kingdom of God” through evangelization. uring this time of formation, as the sister begins to take part in the apostolate she will grow in her appreciation for the Marian spirit of the community. As the sister strives to be Mary’s visible hands at work in the world, Mary communicates to her something of her own spirit, her strength of mind, and her courageous will. "- Constitutions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
by professing the evangelical counsels in the presence of Your Church today.
Mercifully grant that their manner of life may bring glory to Your name
and further Your loving plan of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord."
- prayer concluding the examination of those professing vows -
First Profession Slideshow
Drawn by God’s mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life.
I ask you to teach me to follow Jesus Christ Crucified
and to live generously in poverty, chastity and obedience ..."
- Request of the Postulant to be admitted as a Novice
With heavenlight radiant on her face
Making a glow of her shining hair,
Marking each fold of her garment’s grace?
Breathless in awe shall the angels listen
While we, the fallen, declare her ours
Though all the stars of the morning glisten
Around her circlet of skyey flowers?
For only God and ourselves may claim
This loveliest, spotless, and sinless on
And call her “Mother”—O matchless name!
Whose God and Creator is her Son.
Who shall have words for that breathless hour
When death’s dark slumber is past awhile,
And heaven unfolds like a glowing flower
That blooms forever in Mary’s smile?
Mater Amabilis! Mother-my-own,
How shall I wait all the long years through,
Unsated with beauty, in exile lone,
Searching the skies for a sight of you!
“Mater Amabilis” from p. 43 of Our Lady of Springtime, by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.
and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family,
whose tender and vigilant head he was."
- Pope Pius XI
WORK AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This simple word sums up Joseph's entire life. For Jesus, these were hidden years, the years to which Luke refers after recounting the episode that occurred in the Temple: "And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them" (Lk 2:51). This "submission" or obedience of Jesus in the house of Nazareth should be understood as a sharing in the work of Joseph. Having learned the work of his presumed father, he was known as "the carpenter's son."
Mary's Hands & Heart