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.
By Fr. José Luis Saavedra, SHM
The year 2017 marks 500 years since the Protestant heresy divided the Western Church. Luther was the protagonist of that sad story. His reasons were unconditionally upheld by the German princes of his time. However, their interest was influenced by the fact that following Luther meant leaving aside the payment of imperial taxes. Luther later discovered this painful fact. However, at the time, he firmly exhorted them to support him in that division. His writings demonstrate the difficulty and gravity of that horrible rupture for the entire Church. He writes:
“The Church of the Pope is a Church full of whores and hermaphrodites… [The Pope himself] is a furious madman… [and all the pontifical acts are] sealed with the devil’s excrement and written with the flatulence of the ass-Pope.”
By Sr. Elvira Garro, SHM
Saint Justin, philosopher and martyr, was born into a pagan family in Flavia Neapolis (Nablus), Samaria, around the year 100. He searched for the truth for a long time as he wandered throughout the different schools of traditional Greek philosophy, until he finally found the Christian faith. He is the most important Apologetic Father of the second century.
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