HM Magazine

  • santeodotodeanciraBy Fr. Felix López, SHM

    “You gave birth to the Beginning that has no beginning, to a child before all ages, to the Virgin’s Son, the Eternal One that is nurtured in her womb; to Him who is older than His Mother...”

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    By Sr. Estela M. Morales, SHM

    It has become even more frequent to go into a school gym and see students in the lotus flower position, or lying on a tatami mat with their eyes closed and with silly smiles on their faces practicing mindfulness.

    During the last years, hundreds of manuals concerning this have been published and conferences, retreats, and talks about mindfulness have multiplied, presenting it as a compliment to prayer or as a way of dealing with anxiety or stress.

    Unfortunately, this has extended even to the Church and we can find these techniques practiced in retreat houses and even taught as school subjects.

  • “Little Nellie of Holy God”  (1903-1908)


    By Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM

    Ellen Organ or “Little Nellie of Holy God” was particularly dedicated to the Eucharist, which she loved in a special way. Her life story inspired Pope Pius X to admit young children to Holy Communion.

  • Know your martrys


    By Sr. Isabel Jordán, SHM

    Fire, sword, and apostolic zeal are what most characterized the man destined to become one of the main pilars of the early Church, although obviously not by his own merits. This magnanimous soul was able to set afire with the Holy Spirit an entire empire abounding in vice, idolatry, and corruption.

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    By Fr. Rafael Alonso

    "As Jesus walked along the shore of the Seas of Galilee, He saw Simon Peter..."

    The apostle St. Peter is often mentioned in the New Testament: in the Gospels, in the Acts of the Apostles, and in the Letters of St. Paul. His name appears 182 times. We know that he was born in Bethsaida, a small town on Lake Tiberias. He moved to Capernaum, where he was a fisherman along with John and James, sons of Zebedee. They had established a sort of fishing business together. There is evidence enough to assume that Andrew (Peter’s brother) and possibly even Peter himself were followers of John the Baptist and had therefore prepared their hearts for the arrival of the Messiah. Peter was a bit primary, impulsive, astute yet simple, struggling with his abrupt and temperamental character, but with a heart open to the truth. Christ would transform him in his character, through suffering.

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    Show Thyself a Mother

    By Martha Pezo-Marin

    I am going to begin by explaining why I chose this title for this article. I had the grace of being able to visit with the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Spain. It just happened to be the month of May, the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We also celebrated Mother’s Day, which practically coincided with the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. What an important event!

  • Know Your Martyrs


    By Sr. Elvira Garro, SHM

    Young martyr of the Eucharist from the 3rd Century. Patron Saint of Altar Servers and of the children of Nocturnal Adoration.

  • By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM


    "We ask you to at least help her with your prayers, for I can assure you, I am often in need of them." (Mamie to her religious Sister)

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    The Forgotten Blood of the Martyrs

     By Sr. María Fuentes, SHM

    Recently, we attended the beatification of over a hundred martyrs from the religious persecution that took place in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a very beautiful ceremony and very well prepared. Before the celebration of the Holy Mass began, we prayed a Rosary accompanied by testimonies of several martyrs who were going to be beatified. The entire celebration was full of reverence and the words of Cardinal Angelo Amato helped us penetrate into the mystery we were celebrating. There is no doubt that such an event as this one has been an immense grace for the diocese in which it took place, as well as for the entire Church. And yet… yet?... Well, yes. There was a “yet,” and not a small one at that. A “yet” which had to do with the quantity, condition, and attitude of those present. [I mention] quantity, because there were many empty seats. Having in mind that we are speaking about 115 martyrs and that a large number of those present were relatives of those being beatified, there were very few others. That is the truth… Not even the seats reserved by the organization were filled.

  • Divine Mercy in the Heart of Christ, Builds the Church


    Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, opened the “Misericordiae Vultus” Conference with a reflection on the words of Pope Francis in his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, No. 14.

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    The Greatest Call

    By Fr. Luke DeMasi, SHM

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways- oracle of the Lord” (Is 55:8).

    On April 29th, the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, Br. Luke DeMasi, SHM, was ordained a priest. His full conversion story can be found through our website in the book: “For You the Glory, for Me the Confusion.”


    By Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM

    On August 21, 1879, at approximately 8 o’clock in the evening, fifteen people from the village of Knock in Coounty Mayo, Ireland, witnessed an apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and a cross on an altar at the gable wall of their Parish Church. The witnesses watched the apparition in the pouring rain for two hours, reciting the Rosary. Although they themselves were drenched, not a single drop of rain fell on the gable wall or vision.

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    By Sr. Anna Riordan, SHM

    It is strange how there are certain people you know for years, but you never experience a special connection with them. There are others you meet just once, and yet you feel a certain closeness to them as brothers in the faith. This is because the logic is different in the spiritual world; things work with a Divine logic.


    maxkolbeBy Sr. Karen McMahon, SHM

    On Friday, April 29th, 2016, three Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother received the casket of Sister Clare in the Dublin Airport. She had just come from Ecuador. The three Sisters escorted her to her home in Derry. Once they arrived, the first requiem was given by the Bishop of Derry, His Excellency Donal McKeown.

    The funeral Mass took place on Monday, May 2nd, 2016, at 12:30 pm, at St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower. Bishop Donal McKeown was present, as well as Bishop Emeritus Edward Daly of Derry and Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin. Twelve priests concelebrated.


    Know your Martyrs

    Spain is known for its many martyrs, especially the many who lost their lives during the religious persecution that broke out in the 1930s. Over 1,870 martyrs from this time period have already been officially recognized by the Catholic Church and many more are on their way to canonization.

    Barbastro (Huesca, Spain) was the diocese that suffered most during the persecution. 80% of the clergy, the highest figure in all of Spain, were killed. A total of 18 Benedictines, 9 Piarists, 51 Claretians, 13 canons of the Cathedral, 114 diocesan priests, 5 seminarians, and a bishop were martyred.


    The Oldest Prayer to Our Lady

    By Fr. Ángel Mª Rojas, SJ

    Edgar Lobel, an expert in papyrology from the University of Oxford, has dedicated his life to the study of papyri found in Egypt. The extremely dry climate in the greater part of Egypt has led to the conservation of a multitude of fragments of very ancient papyri, including texts from millennia ago, in Greek and Coptic. In many cases, the papyri help to confirm the dates of texts that had been conserved through successive copies o translations.

  • By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM


    After the unexpected healing of the eye disease that was gradually making Mamie blind, her life returned to its normal tranquility. A short time after becoming a widow, her mother finally accepted the invitation to go live with Mamie and her husband, François Treuttens. François was very fond of his mother-in-law, Cornélie, and Cornélie responded with affection to the attention and care he offered her. Given that Sor Helena, Mamie’s sister, had already begun the novitiate, mother and daughter (Mamie and Cornélie) were able to get to know each other much better. The little one, Simone, was the delight of her parents and her grandmother. In this way, they lived four relatively tranquil years together.

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    By Sr. Paqui Morales, SHM

    When I went to Ecuador as a missionary, a priest with great zeal for souls said to me (somewhat seriously and somewhat jokingly), “Why Ecuador? That mission is for the weak. If you want an authentic mission, it’s better to stay in Spain. It’s easier over there: you speak and they listen to you. The people are searching for God; the apostolate is easier. True mission is here, where you have to surrender yourself until at least a few learn to love God.”

    I reflected on whether he was right or to what extent when another conversation came to mind, a conversation I had with another a great missionary priest who is literally giving up his life for souls.

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     By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM

    A few months ago I participated in a retreat for married couples. There were several people who were attending for the first time, so we began by introducing ourselves. When my turn came up, I was asked to not only introduce myself, but tell my vocation story as well.

    When one is going to talk about their own vocation, you first have to see to whom you are going to tell your story, to try to do it in such a way that what God has done in your life, will help as much as possible the people who are listening to you. I was speaking to a group of married couples and parents of Christian families, so I finished my story saying: “Look, 24 years ago I gave myself to God. Discovering and accepting my vocation is what has given meaning to my life and has made me tremendously happy. Therefore, my advice to you, fathers and mothers of families, is to work and pray to help your children discover the will of God for them. The greatest good you can do for your children is this: help them fulfill the will of God for them.”

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    By Sr. Conchi García del Pino, S.H.M.

    On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, my mother passed away and on Holy Saturday, we buried her. They were days of painful and yet very intense graces. We experienced the closeness of the Lord and Our Lady, as well as of my mother. I truly feel that she is alive and very close to Them. I think my siblings and father experienced the same thing. At given moments, it seemed like we were at a festive celebration rather than a funeral and burial. We said good-bye to my mother between hymns to the Lord and Our Lady about Heaven. It was beautiful!

Sister Clare

Hermana Clare

A Tribute to Sr. Clare in Costa Rica

Dúo Santa Cecilia (St. Cecilia Duo) sang I Prefer Paradise as a tribute to Sr. Clare on the third anniversary of her death.

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