REPARATION  THOUGHTS

 

Volume XII, Number 15
 

Dear Reparation Donnes, Family and Friends,

 

We are nearing the Solemnity of Christ the King which concludes the Liturgical Year. In natural terms it would be New Year’s Eve completing the full cycle of Church celebrations. We lay to rest Advent 2014 through November 2015 which embodied Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and the many great feasts that enlivened and enriched our faith journey. They were times of blessing and sources of great grace.

 

It is naturally apropos to review the past year and consider our areas of growth, our need to repent, and where we have been led to grow. Many of these days may have been besieged with trials or sickness or pain and recall to mind the heavenly joy and hope that sanctifies those burdens for “My yoke is light and My burden is sweet,” says the Lord Jesus.

 

We retreat to the Communion of Saints deliberating the example and words that guide us, the Church Militant. St. Fulgentius, a nobleman of Carthage understood, “Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to love, therefore, in all sincerity, and give one another practical proof of it.” St. Anselm, Pastor and teacher discovered this through contemplation, “My soul, have you found what you are looking for? You were looking for God, and you have discovered that he is a supreme being, and that you could not possibly imagine anything more perfect. You have discovered that this supreme being is life itself, light, wisdom, goodness, eternal blessedness and blessed eternity.” St. Stephen called out as he was being stone to death, “Lord do not hold this sin against them.” St. Padre Pio, the subject of our next Faith Alive, tells us, “The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.”  The Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation to Mary spoke, “Nothing is impossible with God.” To Simon Peter, Jesus said: “Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men.”

 

We are so very rich from the glorious treasury of those who have gone before us. Each one burgeoning our strength and courage to live according to the Word of the Lord as we strive for perfection.

 

When I get discouraged, I am well reminded by our beloved Sisters to keep journeying forward for the work of this Community is vital for the souls we are meant to assist. These inspired words through the life of Sister Regina Rose speak clearly to my heart: “Keep peace within your hearts for one another; and pull together, for a great load is always lighter and easier to bear when each and every one is pulling in perfect accordance with each other.”

 

Does this not reflect our call to prepare for the City of Light? Does this not resonate the Word of God in action? Such an approach can change the world!

 

Lord and King of the Universe help us to strive for holiness one moment, one hour, and one day at a time!

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.

November 2015

 

Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus

2120 S.E. 24th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214-5504

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                                  REPARATION THOUGHTS

 
 

Volume XII, Number 14


Dear Reparation Donnes, Family and Friends,

 

“You need to have this! Find your answer! Sale! Save time and money! Trusted! You’re pre-qualified!” Words like this pass our eyes frequently on the Internet, television, billboards, newspapers, and stores. “We have every choice you need or desire!” they convey. It is no wonder that confusion surrounds us.

 

I was listening to some tapes made by our Sisters several years ago. What caught my attention was the rhythm they conveyed. It was present in their praise; in their joy; in their discussions; and in their actions. Mother Therese always had a lilt and rhythm to her voice and those who followed her acquired that, as well. However, I am not just speaking of musical rhythm but symmetry in prayer, thinking, decision-making and daily life.

 

Webster’s dictionary describes rhythm in the following ways: “regular or measured flow of sound, as in music and poetry, or of action, as in dancing; measured, periodic movement, as in heart pulsations; regular recurrence; symmetry.” We experience this when musicians play in orchestral symmetry, or a chorus blends harmoniously, or dance teams perfect their art, or when watching a professional game. Rhythm allows a coordinated flow of action that brings a sense of balance and cohesion to the event.

 

I meet with many who have lost or misplaced that equilibrium of daily life. Some develop an insatiable desire for all that can be attained in worldly status. There are those baffled by innumerable choices and demands. Some concede to another’s entangled lives. Others buy into the compulsive earthly demands to satisfy every whim of the human heart. Often, what results is confusion and hopelessness which complicates the harmonious rhythms of our lives and relationships.

 

The rhythm of the Creator was placed upon this earth at its beginning. Life became a harmonious song to be lived by all. Then sin entered and the perfection of God’s work was compromised. Fraudulence and pride became undermining forces fracturing the sacred relationship between God and humankind and assaulting His gracious love. The glossary of these offences spiraled through the centuries.

 

Fortunately, Jesus came and gave His Word which guides us daily and invites us to embark upon salvific waters with Sacramental strengthening to where He awaits us in the secret-most caverns of our heart and soul. To simplicity He draws us. To follow, He calls. In hope, He secures us. In faith, He restores us. In love, He allures us to find Him here, amid the engagements of our lives. The harmonious rhythms of life are impregnated with His everlasting love.

 

O gracious and loving Lord, may the hours of our days flow with songs of praise and thanksgiving. Guide us to be peace makers for all that we meet. Teach us to number our days aright that we gain wisdom of heart.(Psalm 90:12) Amen.

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.

 Late October 2015                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus

2120 S.E. 24th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214-5504

repsrs@comcast.net; wwwReparationSisters.org ©2015 Sisters of Reparation     

 

You are invited to join the
Sisters of Reparation

 

for two scheduled events

 

 
Thursday, October 12, 2017           Faith Alive Discussion
 

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Catholic Catechism Topic: Prayer in the Christian Life

 

A light meal will be served
 

 


Saturday Retreat
 

October 14, 2017
 

The day will include Mass, Adoration, Confession, conferences and lunch

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Celebrant: Fr. Timothy Mockaitis, Pastor, Queen of Peace Parish, Salem

 

Topic: What does it mean to be Franciscan?

 

This Reparation Community follows the Franciscan Rule in the spirit of Reparation. This adds spirit to everyday life for our Sisters and our Donnes. Francis’s life, faith practices, message and teaching are deep and honorable.

May this time of reflection increase our own faith and love of our beloved church.

 

 

Please invite your friends and family

 

“Rose Hall” Reparation and Prayer Center

2120 S.E. 24th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97214-5504
503-236-4207; www.repsrs@comcast.net; www.ReparationSisters.org; and like us on Facebook