"The exaltation of the consecrated life belongs to the exultation of the cross of Jesus. Nothing could be more humiliating and nothing more divinizing." (Pier Giordano Cabra)
"Let your heart delight in the love your God has for you, personally, individually." (St. Katharine Drexel)
Saturday morning of our retreat this weekend, Fr. Joseph Marquis and Fr. Dcn. Lawrence Hendricks celebrated the Divine Liturgy in our motherhouse chapel. What a beautiful liturgy. Ah, the richness of the Catholic Church . . . The Church indeed needs to breathe with both lungs: East and West.
At the end of the Liturgy Fr. Joseph presented us with a stunning icon of the Incarnation. Thank you, Father Joseph, for the icon you are of the Father's love for us.
Our Roman rite chapel transformed into a Byzantine Rite chapel in preparation for Divine Liturgy in the morning.
We'll be on retreat this weekend. Asking for your prayers, and you can count on ours. A highlight will be: Fr. Joseph, a Byzantine Catholic priest, will be offering the Divine Liturgy in our chapel tomorrow morning. Can't wait to see our chapel transformed. Heaven on earth!
Sr. Sarah and I (Sr. Dorcee) just returned from the National Assembly of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). It was an excellent assembly with Masses celebrated by Fr. David Meconi, S.J., the Most Reverend Edward T. Rice and the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson. The Keynote speaker was Mother Mary Agnes Donovan, SV, foundress of The Sisters of Life. We had plenty of time for work, for prayer, and for play. I also come home so encouraged by God's work in the Church through these spiritual mothers. Please check out the new website: cmswr.org and this video of member congregations: CMSWR Congregations.
Did you know that the Servant's of God's Love have a wish list on Amazon? (You can buy a nun a book any day. ;-)http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/12SL8JVXYRFV6 And thank you to all of you who already have!
Nice to get a mention on Elizabeth Scalia's (aka "The Anchoress") blog, along with many other wonderful communities:
Nun News for Autumn 2013.
Some times we get asked why we don't wear a habit. Actually, in fact, we do. People always recognize us as Sisters--and frequently we get asked if we're the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, the ones on Oprah. (We actually sing pretty good, too!) Many people don't know that we started out as an ecumenical group wearing lay clothing. Then at the point when we decided to pursue becoming a diocesan religious order, we decided to simplify our clothing to three colors--but, because of some of our apostolates--to not look too different from the folks we serve. (Kind of like Mother Teresa deciding to wear a sari in India.) I'm sure there are many who can initially judge us by what we wear, but I've found that all those that know us, love us and know we're soundly Catholic and faithful to the Church.
Anyway, I came across this article by Elizabeth Scalia and thought she did an excellent job treating the subject: "Old-fashioned" Sisters, "Newfangled" Nuns, Numbers and Habits--Updated Just an encouragement to think twice and dig a bit deeper before jumping to conclusions.
Another highlight of our retreat last week was celebrating Sr. Mary Fallon's 25th anniversary of Final Profession. Sr. Mary has always been in love with her sweet Spouse Jesus, and her love has only grown deeper over the years. We had fun celebrating!