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 Sr. María Fuentes, SHM
Recently, we attended the beatification of over a hundred martyrs from the religious persecution that took place in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a very beautiful ceremony and very well prepared. Before the celebration of the Holy Mass began, we prayed a Rosary accompanied by testimonies of several martyrs who were going to be beatified. The entire celebration was full of reverence and the words of Cardinal Angelo Amato helped us penetrate into the mystery we were celebrating. There is no doubt that such an event as this one has been an immense grace for the diocese in which it took place, as well as for the entire Church. And yet… yet?... Well, yes. There was a “yet,” and not a small one at that. A “yet” which had to do with the quantity, condition, and attitude of those present. [I mention] quantity, because there were many empty seats. Having in mind that we are speaking about 115 martyrs and that a large number of those present were relatives of those being beatified, there were very few others. That is the truth… Not even the seats reserved by the organization were filled.
By Sr. Miriam Loveland, SHM
At a given moment, Jesus looked at the Jews who began to believe in Him and said to them, “…you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn 8:32). Upon hearing that phrase, many were indignant and began to dispute with Him saying that they had never been slaves of anyone. In other words, they didn’t need to be set free. Jesus was pointing out a much deeper slavery than the physical one, and a much more dangerous one. Nowadays, there is constant talk about freedom and about reclaiming it where it isn’t found. It would not be easy to find someone who does not desire it, and yet there are very few who really reach it. They don’t obtain it because they’ve lost sight of the intrinsic connection that freedom has with the truth. Without the truth, you cannot live in freedom, because it would mean living in a false, inconsistent, and unreal world.
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 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 Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
After the unexpected healing of the eye disease that was gradually making Mamie blind, her life returned to its normal tranquility. A short time after becoming a widow, her mother finally accepted the invitation to go live with Mamie and her husband, François Treuttens. François was very fond of his mother-in-law, Cornélie, and Cornélie responded with affection to the attention and care he offered her. Given that Sor Helena, Mamie’s sister, had already begun the novitiate, mother and daughter (Mamie and Cornélie) were able to get to know each other much better. The little one, Simone, was the delight of her parents and her grandmother. In this way, they lived four relatively tranquil years together.
By Sr. Sara Lozano, SHM
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima (Portugal). Amidst the tumultuous time of World War II and the Russian Revolution, God sent Our Blessed Mother to the world so she could remind her children to return to God before it would be too late. In Him alone would they find peace and hope. God would reign in the world through the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The “Lady dressed in white” entrusts this important message to the three humble shepherd children: Lucia, age 10, and her cousins Francisco, age 9, and Jacinta, age 7. These children will prove to be faithful to their mission. “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God to bear all the sufferings which He wants to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and for the conversion of sinners?” the Lady asked them in the first apparition. “Yes, we are,” they responded with confidence.
By Sr. Miriam Loveland, SHM
By virtue of baptism, every Christian has been incorporated into the Church’s mission of evangelization that continues through time the very mission of Christ. If Jesus came “so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), this is also the same reason of being for the Church, and for everyone who is baptized.
Por Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
Each one of the seven books in the Harry Potter series that have been published, have been accompanied on the one hand, by huge editorial success and, on the other, polemics and conflicting views, even within the Catholic Church. Indeed, the division is irreconcilable between those who view Joanne Rowling’s novels to be inoffensive and fantasy adventures of a sorcerer’s apprentice, and those who consider that serious dangers can stem from its reading.
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