By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
John’s Gospel practically comes to a close with the well-known question that the Lord asks Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” (Jn 21:16). Peter, confused, confesses that yes, he does love Him, although his love is very poor. The Lord then announces to him with veiled words the violent death that he would endure for love of Him. Indeed, it is he, Peter, the same one that once denied Him three times, swearing that he did not even know Him. He, the fisherman from Galilee, would die one day on the cross for love of his crucified teacher. The Lord ends the conversation by saying, “Follow me.”
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.
By Juan José Albañir, LHM
Ever since I discovered, when I was 17 years old, that I had a Mother in heaven and how powerful she was, I haven’t stopped asking for things. I first asked for Rosa, a girl in my town, Baena. Later, for Encarnita in Cordoba, while I was doing military service in the barracks of immediate intervention in Lepanto. Finally, for Maria José, my wife. Later, for my children that didn’t come once we got married.
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 Sr. Beatriz Liaños, SHM
In a recent conversation with a friend of ours who is a doctor, we discussed the apparent increase of "rare diseases" that seem to be the "plague" of our modern world. This doctor is a prestigious nenatologist with over 30 years of experience, someonoe who knows what he is talking about. He expressed his concern, mentioning the fact that the hospital where he works has tripled its pediatric oncology medical team over the course of the last twenty years given that the incidence of childhood cancer, especially leukemia, is on the rise. According to this doctor, on average a case of leukemia is diagnosed "once a month and sometimes once a week." The conversation would definitely have proved most interesting, had it not been interrupted. I must admit, I had several more questions on my list for him.
José María Zavala is an acclaimed Spanish journalist and author of over 30 books. His most recent work, co-authored by his wife Paloma, is entitled, “Un Juego de Amor” (A Game of Love). In it, the couple offers a beautiful testimony of their conversion, as well as their difficult path up until marriage.
By 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.
By Sr. Paqui, S.H.M.
The year 2012 was coming to an end, and we were at 7:00am Mass in the Church of the Merced in Portoviejo, Ecuador. Before Mass started, Sr. Ruth Maria pointed out a little old lady that seemed like she had just come out of a fairytale. She was probably ninety something years old, walked hunched over, had grey hair, bright eyes and a little girl’s smile. She was with a man younger than her that looked like he could be her son.
Giulia Gabrieli passed away at a young age on August 19, 2011, while the Way of the Cross for young people at World Youth Day in Madrid was coming to an end. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with sarcoma following a visit to the hospital for a swollen left hand. She would pass away two years later, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.
By Sr. Mari Carmen Checa, S.H.M.
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