December 1, 2012

First Sunday of Advent

God is real!  Every moment of every day God is with us.  Faith makes it possible to know this.  Isn’t the Season of Advent an ideal time to “rediscover the joy of faith, in the knowledge that it is not something extraneous, detached from daily life but is its souls.”?  In His passion to speak to us and communicate His love, the Word became flesh that we might see his Face and know the fullness of joy.  The gift of faith allows us to see God, and to know God personally in a relationship of trust.  We read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God”, born from a true encounter with God in Jesus Christ, loving Him, trusting Him, so that our whole life becomes involved.  Pope Benedict urges us in this Year of Faith to be conscious of God, recognizing Him throughout our day, in our joys and sorrows, in our successes and failures.  Faith is real!  Faith allows us to see reality in all its fullness.  It is in faith that I entrust myself freely to a God who is Father and who loves me; it is adherence to a “You” who gives me hope and trust.”  Let us spend this Advent Season reflecting on what is real: God’s loving presence in my life.  May we all come to know the fullness of joy when we see His Face, now and for all eternity.

September 18, 2012

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Statement regarding HHS

March 6, 2012

In union with the Catholic Bishops of the United States, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious joins with other citizens, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, in calling upon our government to protect and defend the rights and freedoms upon which our nation was founded.  We believe that our first and most fundamental freedom, the right to religious liberty and freedom of conscience, is gravely violated by the ruling announced on January 20th by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The accommodation announced by President Obama on February 10th does not respect nor safeguard our rights or the rights of others.

We join our bishops, other religious leaders and concerned citizens in calling for the mandate to be rescinded and for the broadening of a religious exemption.  In love for our country, we continue to pray for a renewed zeal for truth and for the preservation of our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are integral to our identity as a nation.  In His mysterious Providence, may God be at work in this critical moment in our history to "make all things new" (cf. Revelation 21:5).

August 27, 2012

 

June 13, 2012

Dear Family and Friends,

As Our Lady assured the children of Fatima: “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”, we are confident and rejoice in Her maternal solicitude for us.

Since the middle of March, Our Lady’s powerful intercession has manifested itself over and over again.  As one wonderful thing led to another, clearly Our Lady’s feminine efficiency at work, we have obtained 80 acres of land making it possible for us to begin building a house of formation for our novitiate and those discerning a vocation to Religious Life.

Please join us as we renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that consecrated to Mary we may place ourselves, our family and all our works under Her protection, knowing that our call for Her aid has never been in vain.  May all that we do redound to Her greater honor and glory, and lead us unerringly to Her Divine Son.

Be assured of our prayers for you always,

Mother Mary Magdalene, IHM

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