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.
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 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.
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