July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate all the good things we have received through our Nation and its forefathers, and ask God to “bless our dear homeland.”  Every morning in our Community Intentions we pray for our Country, its leaders, and all our fellow Americans through the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, our Country’s Patroness. 

Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving and for peace for our Country!

 

A few years ago, we put up a flag pole near Saint Joseph’s statue at the front of our driveway.

 

Coming from a military family, Sister Margaret Mary grew up with reverence for our Nation’s Flag and has enjoyed passing on to the Community the proper way to care for it. 

 

We fold the Flag with respect and a prayer for our Country every time we retire it for the night.

 

Many thanks to our family and friends who have made our 4th of July celebrations so memorable over the years.  We wish you all a happy Independence Day and hope you are able to find ways to celebrate this weekend!

Please enjoy these pictures from years past:  

A traditional 4th of July picnic – in the breezeway!

 

Thank you for the sparklers!

 

Fresh from the grill.

 

The grand finale of a wonderful day!

June 26, 2020

When the Wind Blows Through

 

What is the best way to praise God

for a gloriously sunny and windy day?

By making a kite, of course!

 

Hope you enjoy these photos of the sisters!

 

June 18, 2020

Celebrating the Sacred Heart

 

We celebrate with great joy the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! 

The Church dedicates the whole month June to this Mystery of Jesus.

At Casa Maria, one of the first things visitors see is the beautiful Sacred Heart Statue in our courtyard.  Our community has a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!  We pray an act of consecration to Him every morning and observe the First Friday devotions every month.

In the Image of the Sacred Heart, Jesus reveals many things about the nature of His Love.

When the Sacred Heart appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, He said:

 

 

“Behold the heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even exhausting and consuming itself in testimony of its love.”

 

 

The Flames represent the Passionate Love of Jesus.  Passionate love is a burning desire for the good of some beloved person.  To desire something we cannot have – or at least not without great struggle – causes a painful heartache in our deepest being. 

What is God’s desire that prompted Him to suffer His Passion? He desires us! God created us to be happy and He is waiting for us to respond to that welcome gift. 

His Heart burns with this passionate love so that all men may be gathered to Himself. (John 12:32)

The Crown of Thorns surrounding Jesus’ Heart reminds us to have sorrow for sin and share in His compassion for poor sinners.  Although historically Jesus was crowned with thorns as a mockery of His Kingship, it points to a greater reality:

His Kingship is a Reign of Redemptive, Self-sacrificing Love.

Jesus’ Heart bears the Cross like a trophy.  He willingly suffered His Passion because He wants us to share Everlasting Life with Him forever.

When Jesus reminds us of the Cross, He wants us to remember the extent of His Love! 

Jesus’ Heart is pierced.  The drops of blood flowing from it indicate that it is still an open wound.  Jesus has thus made Himself vulnerable – so accessible to us that He can be hurt by our rejection. 

He keeps it that way to pour out graces upon us and so that we can be free to approach the Merciful Heart of God to beg Him for all our needs.

While He reveals the suffering of His Heart, Jesus also shows us His Glory by the Light that emanates from behind His Heart.  He has already won the victory for us over sin.

Let us respond to His grace and imitate His Heart by our lives!

This is an especially rich time to prayerfully meditate on God’s Love.  When you look at His Sacred Heart, know that He is speaking to you with singular affection and calling you to enter into His Heart, where “you will find rest.” (Mt 11:28)

June 12, 2020

Welcome to the Sister Servants’ Blog!

 

 

Hello to all our family and friends!

The last few months have certainly been a challenge for all of us. So many are experiencing great hardships in this current pandemic, and we want you to know of our prayers for you and your families. We have missed seeing you in person, whether here for Mass and retreats, or at other events where we would have met this summer.

But we know that when the Lord closes a door, He opens a window. While our in-person apostolic work has had to be put on hold, we are using the time to develop new ways to stay in touch with you. One result of our time in quarantine is this new blog! We hope to update it frequently so that you can get a peek into our daily life and activities.

We miss you all!  Please keep us in your prayers, and stay in touch until we can see you again!

With our Love and Prayers,

The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word