By Sr. Elvira Mª Garro, SHM/
Anacleto González Flores was born in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, near Guadajalara, Mexico, in 1888, into a very humble family. His apostolic soul was stirred after attending a mission preached by a priest in his hometown. From that moment on, Anacleto made the decision to receive Holy Communion daily and to teach catechism to other youth. In 1908 he joined the Conciliar Seminary of San Juan de Lagos, and later the Seminary of Guadalajara. He stood out in his studies so much that he was able to substitute the professor, which earned him the nickname “Professor Cleto.” However, upon discovering that his vocation was not to the priesthood, he left the seminary and entered law school (“Escuela Libre de Leyes”), where he obtained the highest qualifications.
By Sr. Kristin Tenreiro, SHM
As millennial nun, I would like to respond to the article “Behold, the Millennial Nuns” published in Huffington Post by Eve Fairbanks. The millennial generation is the generation born between 1990 and 2010. Apparently, abundant studies, polls, and statistics prove that we stand out for our selfishness and depression. Fairbanks is a young American journalist who lives in South Africa. She states that change fascinates her. In her article, she investigates an unexpected change in American society: young women are becoming nuns in a much higher percentage than just ten years ago. She frames this change in society within the broader context of a shift towards an attitude of openness towards God and towards traditional values in the youth.
By Cora Sánchez Gutiérrez, CSHM
remember how, when I was little, I would say to my mother that I wanted to have more brothers and sisters, but she would always reply by saying, “Whatever God wants!” Now it happened that the Lord blessed her with three daughters. Thanks be to God and to His infinite mercy, she realized that the most important thing was that her three daughters and her husband make it to heaven.
By Clara Martínez Gomariz, L.H.M
The spirituality of the Sacred Heart has been made known to us through God Himself, who has shown Himself to those who serve Him with such generosity that they have understood the riches that are reserved for those who love Him. In the case of Blessed Bernardo de Hoyos and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the supernatural visions of the Sacred Heart that they received have shown the great longing of the Lord to give His grace to mankind, inflaming their hearts with a desire to spread the devotion.
By Sr. Kristen Gardner, S.H.M
St. Stanislaus Kostka’s motto was “Ad majora natus sum,” meaning “I was born for greater things.” When Sr. Clare Crockett, Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother who passed away in the earthquake in Ecuador in 2016, first heard this phrase, she was greatly impacted by it and it remained engraved on her heart. She did not want to think only about small, trivial matters; rather, she wanted a big, magnanimous heart and desired to give everything for God and for others. However, we could also attribute this motto to one of her fellow countrymen from the twentieth century: Fr. William Doyle.
By Sr. Ana Mª Cabezuelo, S.H.M
Exactly twenty-five years ago, on August 3, 1994, an extraordinary woman suffered her final agony. Her life was coming to an end and the following day, she would have to give an account of her life to God. Her suitcase was already prepared and full of intentions, many of which had our names written on them as well as the entire Home of the Mother, both present and future members. Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo, seeing her in such deep anguish and suffering, compassionately said to her, “Mamie, ask the Lord and Our Mother to give you a little relief,” to which she quickly responded, “But son, if I have offered myself totally to the Lord, how can I now ask for what I have already given and already belongs to Him?” .
By Clara Martínez Gomariz, LHM
St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, said that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Bible. In light of this affirmation, we could consider the following: if this Holy Book contains all revelation and is the compendium of “Spirituality of the Heart” in itself, why, then, would private revelations to so many and such diverse people throughout the centuries regarding the Sacred Heart be necessary? What is their purpose? What is their relevance?
By Fr. Dominic Feehan, S.H.M.
The existence of God is a subject of debate in the philosophy of religion and popular culture. There are a wide variety of arguments for and against the existence of God. The Western tradition of philosophical discussion of the existence of God began with Plato and Aristotle. Other arguments for the existence of God have been proposed by St. Anselm, who formulated the first ontological arguments and St. Thomas Aquinas, who presented his own version of the cosmological argument (the kalam argument). René Descartes said that “the existence of a benevolent God is logically necessary for the evidence of the senses to be meaningful.”
By Sr. Elvira Mª Garro, S.H.M.
Africa has given to the Church countless saints, martyrs, confessors, and virgins such as St. Augustine, St. Athanasius, St. Cyril, St. Cyprian, the martyrs St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, the Scillitan and Carthaginian martyrs, and martyrs from the Vandal persecution. Along with these, in the nineteenth century we have the Ugandan martyrs Charles Lwanga and his twelve companions. The photograph was taken in the Bukumbi Mission in Tanganyika (Mwanza), in September or October 1885. The 20 future martyrs went to welcome and congratulate the new Bishop of Uganda, Leon Livinhac.
By Sr.Beatriz Liaño, S.H.M.
fr. Segundo Llorente was a Spanish Jesuit. If I had to choose a word to describe him, that word would be “great” , a great missionary. He was born in a village of Leon in Spain, on November 18, 1906. He died on January 26, 1989 in Spokane, Washington, USA. During his life, he spent more than forty years in Alaska, preaching the Gospel to Eskimos. There, during the long, arctic winter nights, he wrote thousands of letters exuding spirituality, love and dedication to Jesus Christ, along with a great sense of humor. Many of his letters have been compiled into engaging books, and if you have not had the chance of reading one, I highly recommend you do so.
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