By Sr. Miriam Loveland, S.H.M.
The First Commandment invites us to recognize God as God and realize that this means that I am not God. If we remember the last article, the Ten Commandments are given to man as a light to illumine our path. They help us to identify both where the cliff is and where the paths are that lead to death and to life.
By Sr. Elvira Garro, SHM
Karl Leisner was born in Rees, Germany on February 28, 1915 and educated in Kleve. From the time of his youth he kept his love for Christ ardently aflame with prayer, the reading of the Word of God, and daily Mass. “Christ, You are my passion,” was written in his diary. As a high school student he joined the Schoenstatt Movement and became an apostle of deep Marian devotion, the same devotion which inspired Fr. Kentenich and the Schoenstatt Movement.
By Sr. Paqui Morales, SHM
“God’s timing is perfect.” This is the way Sarita summarized the day of her First Holy Communion.
Sarita is a 45-year-old woman who has been bedridden for years due to being both blind and paralyzed. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago. Her husband chose not to accompany her in her illness and abandoned her, leaving her to care for herself and their two sons, aged four and seven at the time. Her sons have lovingly taken care of her over the course of the years as they have witnessed the progress of their mother’s illness. She was first left bedridden with complete paralysis in her legs and partial paralysis in her arms, and later she lost her sight as well. The boys still go to school and study, but they must also take care of cleaning, cooking, washing the clothes, and attending to their mother.
By Clara Martínez Gomariz, LHM
We continue to go through the historical evolution of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, travelling to France during the seventeenth century: the so-called “great century of souls” because of the incredible development it underwent during that time. On a religious level, the growth became evident in several ways, such as the founding of new congregations led by clergy, such as Pierre de Bérulle, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Francis de Sales. St. Francis de Sales started the Visitation Order, directing the religious sisters’ formation towards love of the Word Incarnate, a perfect seed which made the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus grow throughout the world.
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.
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. Elvira Garro, S.H.M.
The French Revolution broke out in 1789 in an apparent hostile environment for the Church. The confiscation of Church goods and the expulsion of religious orders rapidly ensued. In 1790, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy condemned by Pius VI, was approved, and converted the French Church into a national and schismatic Church, separate from Rome. The clergy was divided by a sworn oath: priests who swore on the Civil Constitution, thus becoming employees of the State, and “refractory priests” or “non-jurors,” who remained faithful to Rome. The latter group were removed from their duties, and parishes were handed over to “jurors” (priests who took the oath). Those who did not take the oath were threatened with dismissal, deportation, or the guillotine.
The past twenty-seventh of October 2018, Br. Joseph Bloomer and Br. Andrew Krische, Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother, were ordained to the priesthood. The entire Church rejoiced and gave thanks to God because, in them, He has once more fulfilled His promise to never abandon His people. In difficult times the Lord continues calling, choosing, loving with predilection; He continues giving us priests in order to be with us always, until the end of times. “The Lord has done great thing for us; we are glad” (Psalm 25).
For the Church, for all men, for the Home of the Mother: two new alter Christus, other Christs on earth, priests for all Eternity.
By Clara Martínez Gomariz, LHM
This past December 2nd, 2018, the Papal Nuncio, Mons. Renzo Fratini, opened the Holy Door of the Basilica of the Cerro de los Angeles in Getafe (Madrid) and inaugurated the Jubilee Year granted by the Holy See in order to commemorate the first centennial of the consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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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.”