By Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM
The famous French writer, Leon Bloy, once wrote: “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.”
Mamie wrote a letter on November 23, 1955 to her sister, Sister Helena, a Daughter of Charity working at the time as a missionary in the Belgian Congo. Each line of the letter expresses her profound emotion as she opens her heart to her sister. The woman we know today as Mamie, “Lisette” (from Elizabeth) for her friends and relatives, had recently taken an important step in her faith journey.
By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
A few months ago I participated in a retreat for married couples. There were several people who were attending for the first time, so we began by introducing ourselves. When my turn came up, I was asked to not only introduce myself, but tell my vocation story as well.
When one is going to talk about their own vocation, you first have to see to whom you are going to tell your story, to try to do it in such a way that what God has done in your life, will help as much as possible the people who are listening to you. I was speaking to a group of married couples and parents of Christian families, so I finished my story saying: “Look, 24 years ago I gave myself to God. Discovering and accepting my vocation is what has given meaning to my life and has made me tremendously happy. Therefore, my advice to you, fathers and mothers of families, is to work and pray to help your children discover the will of God for them. The greatest good you can do for your children is this: help them fulfill the will of God for them.”
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.
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