By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, S.H.M.
A few years back, I was confronted with a very complicated situation. In the parish where I collaborated, there was a woman who had a certain leadership role that began the process of trying to have a baby by using assisted reproduction technology (ART). She was a well-known person and her decision created a lot of confusion in the parish community.
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!
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.
By Sr. Eyling Reyes
The Home of the Mother Magazine is a magazine dedicated to Our Blessed Mother and she has been the guide and protector of it for the past 33 years. It has been a long journey traveled along with many of you who have been the visible hand of Divine Providence because thanks to your material and spiritual aid, this publication has continued despite the difficulties that have arisen throughout the years. Your donations and prayers have made it possible for us to purchase the necessary machines to be able to continue with this publication.
Br Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM
In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, St. John Paul II said,
“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church…
It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in His heart…
How can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament?”
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.”
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!
By Sister Emma Haynes, SHM
I know someone who suffers from poor health. For this person, something as simple as climbing up the stairs becomes a heroic act and, on occasion, nearly impossible to do. As this person prays the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary,” he climbs each stair with increasing difficulty. Sometimes he does not even know if he will make it to the top. When he arrives at the landing, he looks at a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is before him and says to her with a childlike heart, “Well, Mom, here we are. We’ve arrived.”
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A year ago Sr. Clare was invited to partake in the exposition “Young Witness of the Faith, the Saints Next Door.”