Wednesday, February 27, 2008
A special thank you to all those who attended last evening's Cinema Divina: The Way of the Cross. Sister Mary Domenica's presentation, featuring film clips depicting the Lord's passion and death, was extremely moving.
Just a heads up that next month we will be hosting a special presentation on the spirituality of icons. More information will be forthcoming regarding the speakers and their subject, but for now, please mark your calendars: March 13th at 7:00p.m. Hope to see you then!
Monday, February 25, 2008
"[Mary,] did your silent, compassionate love give [Jesus] strength to go on? You gaze at one another. These seconds speak more than many words. This is how it ought to be for us. Every day there are such encounters. With your divine Son will you, too, walk beside me, look at me deep down, return my why with your gentle presence? When we look at one another, let it be as valuable as a long conversation. When others look at me and I at them, how beautiful it would be if we saw the face of Christ reflected there, just as you reflected it!" (Mary's Way of the Cross, p. 13).
Friday, February 22, 2008
I've just been alerted to the fact that our Sisters in Alexandria, Virginia and Manhattan have joined the blogverse. I've added their links below.
Monday, February 18, 2008
We'll journey with Christ together, using as a backdrop clips from films like Dead Man Walking, Romero, Entertaining Angels, The Man without a Face, and others.
this event, please call 650-369-4230. We hope to see many of you tomorrow evening!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Here's a great quote from the book:
The history of how and why Jesus died on the cross is at least partly an analysis of what we all do to one another when we are controlled by fear, or greed, or love of power, or too much love of ourselves. At every turn, Jesus challenges us to be brave enough to step out of our self-made prisons and turn toward the source of life and freedom....
Jesus taught that the only life worth having is a life shared with others, a life that brings challenging freedom to everyone.
Approaching Easter, pp. 6-7
Treat yourself to a beautiful and rewarding companion that will accompany you throughout these days of grace.
Monday, February 11, 2008
If you get a chance today, you may want to visit online the official Lourdes site (English page). http://www.lourdes2008.com/en/missions/mission_01_06.html
There are even live webcams of the grotto and basilica!
Technology at the service of faith!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Also, she has her own blog, with other wonderful book suggestions. The link is at the bottom of this page.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
We invite you to join us in praying that this faithful servant may soon be recognized among the Blessed.
Prayer to Obtain Favors through
Mother Tecla's Intercession
Most Holy Trinity, we thank you for the singular gifts of light, grace, and virtue which you granted to Sister Thecla Merlo, and we thank you for having chosen and constituted her the wise mother and sure guide of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Through her intercession, grant that we may live of her great loves: Jesus Master in the Holy Eucharist, the Church, the Gospel and souls--souls sought and served through evangelization with the instruments of social communication--to the point of total sacrifice.
O Lord, if it be in the designs of your divine wisdom, carry out even on this earth, for this very devoted Daughter of St. Paul, your divine promise: "If anyone serves me, my Father will honor him."
Exalt this faithful Servant to the joy of the Church and the good of many souls, and grant us, through her intercession, the favor we ask of you. Amen.
Glory Be...Hail Mary...
With ecclesiastical approval.
Anyone who receives graces and favors through the intercession of Venerable Sister Thecla Merlo is asked to send this information to the Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul, Via San Giovanni Eudes, 25, 00163 Rome, Italy.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
We have a number of resources available in honor of this special occasion--including a biography that contains the 857 words and conversations of Bernadette at Nevers. The book, aptly titled Bernadette Speaks, is currently the featured title of our Lives of the Saints Book Club. But for those of you not in the club, here's an excerpt you may enjoy that illustrates Bernadette's humanness. After she entered the convent at Nevers, Bernadette was continually visited by bishops, priests, and lay persons who wished to see the "seer of Lourdes." Bernadette's superiors tried to get around the young nun's reluctance to be put on "display" by devising a plan so that she might "accidentally" bump into the visitor. On one occasion, another young sister was told to take Bernadette for a walk outside and at a certain point pause in front of one of the plants. The following story is recounted by this same sister:
"Once we arrived in front of the parlor window, I stole a glance through the window and recognized [the superiors and visiting bishop]. I immediately took my companion by the arm and, showing her a daisy, said softly, 'Oh, my dear sister! Tell me if this wild flower isn't delightful! It is more beautiful than the flowers in the garden. Don't you find that the good Lord knows his business better than we do?'
"[Bernadette] broke away and headed for the linen room, saying: 'Blabbermouth!'" (from Bernadette Speaks, p. 436)