Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas- Reflection

baby jesus
It is hard to celebrate this Christmas with joy and happiness
 because of the tragedy at Newtown, Ct. 
The massacre at Sandy Hook School  has made us, as a nation,  look more deeply it to our own value system.
We  are  asking questions and offering solutions but when all is said and done we once again are left silent.
The silence that becomes prayer.
That is all we have to offer and maybe in the end as we pass this spirit of pray  on to our childrent that is enough. In doing this  we may behold the face of this
little Child who took on our flesh , and bore the same pain that we are bearing now.  We know Mary, His Mother, held His broken body
when He died at the hands of people who chose to rid the world of this Man, this Man who never sinned. 
May the parents find some consolation in Mary's own suffering as a Mother.
May the parents know that we support them with our prayers.May  we survive and grow.  That is our prayer.
 Posted by Sister Florence Vales OSC

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Lady of Guadalupe- December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of all of the Americas and in her hands we pace all her people.
May Mary intercede for us and for all the people of the world.

Posted by sister Florence Vales OSC

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Altar of Immaculate Conceptionpainting by Bianchi, 1740
mosaic, 1744-47
At St. Peter's Basilica

The Immaculate Conception from Catholic Answers

It’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what "immaculate" means: without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings.
When discussing the Immaculate Conception, an implicit reference may be found in the angel’s greeting to Mary. The angel Gabriel said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28). The phrase "full of grace" is a translation of the Greek word kecharitomene. It therefore expresses a characteristic quality of Mary.
The traditional translation, "full of grace," is better than the one found in many recent versions of the New Testament, which give something along the lines of "highly favored daughter." Mary was indeed a highly favored daughter of God, but the Greek implies more than that (and it never mentions the word for "daughter"). The grace given to Mary is at once permanent and of a unique kind.Kecharitomene is a perfect passive participle of charitoo, meaning "to fill or endow with grace." Since this term is in the perfect tense, it indicates that Mary was graced in the past but with continuing effects in the present. So, the grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit. In fact, Catholics hold, it extended over the whole of her life, from conception onward. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence.
And what is the lesson Mary and the Church teaches us from this Feast.
As Mary surrendered to all in her life so we need to do the same and this comes through prayer, the great  means of grace, the sacraments but especially the Eucharist; a love of suffering  through accepting what comes our way.  This is not easy and seems very ordinary but it is the path of Holiness. 
Posted by Sister Florence Vales OSC

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent 2012- We gather around our Advent Wreath to begin the Celebration of Advent

Sister Miriam, our Abbess, sprinkles holy Water on our Advent Wreath.

The Advent  wreath lights up the beginning of this Holy  Season.  May we also have light to our eyes and peace in our hearts to begin again our preparation for  Christmas.  Advent  is a time to go back to the desert spots in our hearts where we find we are empty and of need  of the right kind of fulfillment in our lives.  Christ calls us out of this darkness to walk with each other  in the light of His coming every day in the present NOW.

Posted by Sister Florence Vales OSC

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