REPARATION

THOUGHTS        

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                                      Volume XVIII, Number 15   

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends, 

 

When we were called to this Community and Life of Reparation we had no idea what challenges nor what great privileges would unfold in the ensuing years. Those things were not the measure that decided our commitment to dedicate ourselves entirely and completely to God. Our hope included a fashioning of our existence into an instrument of God’s grace however He decided to do that.

 

This included closing one door after the other to work toward the place that Jesus was waiting for us. We had to trust the depth that God wished to be present within us and learn to live from there. No words could explain how wondrous and unfathomable that relationship has been. He has cared for us, loved us, taught us, guided us in all matters of life so that someday, we might be happy with Him in heaven.

 

This reparational walk has often prevented us from participating in family gatherings, neighborhood activities, celebrations with friends and parishioners, and times of vacation. From a natural standpoint these “misses” could not be recovered. However, we have come to understand that those small offerings have allowed grace to generously flow into the lives of those we hold dear. And God’s grace can touch areas of need far out of our reach!

 

We want you to understand where you have been in our journey of growing in Christ. We have held each of you near and dear not only to our hearts but to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Joseph, themselves. The Angels of heaven have been beckoned to watch over you. Your patron saints have been called upon to guide and direct you. Each time we have come before the Most Blessed Sacrament, our hearts have brought you there into His adorable Presence. As His word has inspired and helped us along the way, we have prayed that the Holy Spirit would enlighten and guide you as well. The Sacramental life of our beloved Church has sustained us through the Grace of Our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and we know He has extended those blessings to you.

 

We are the family of Christ enabled to grow, mature and live on this journey to holiness. The light of God is given to us and streams through the windows of our days that we can draw from that very light. Every day is a day of Thanksgiving from our perspective. Your presence and place in our lives is high on the list of things for which we are grateful.

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                   

November 2019   

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 REPARATION

THOUGHTS

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                               Volume XVIII, Number 14   

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends, 

 

Most of you know that Sister Mary Immaculate has been reparationally-challenged with a number of medical ailments. She has been busy at work offering the pain, discomfort, limitation and all else that accompanies these trials in reparation for the souls in need and for vocations. We have made a number of adjustments in our convent to allow her to continue her much-needed work.

 

Ascending and descending stairs, one observes stair lifts and canes for safer ambulation. Trays help hold her supplies. Everyone gets to hop, skip and jump over oxygen tubing, and take special care passing her walker.

 

Today, we moved her computer to the second-floor foyer for her to access her email and design and print the envelopes for this mailing. Now, our system requires lots of cords and plugs to make everything work in coordination. It was more than a simple puzzle to unbridle her office set-up for the transition. There were cords from the computer to the printer and the monitor and the speakers and the keyboard and the permanent back-up system. There were cords from the printer to the computer, the monitor, and the internet system. Certain plugs had to go directly into the wall socket and others could function on an extension cord. This century-old home is fully upgraded but it wasn’t constructed as an IS Building. Believe it or not, everything worked in its new temporary location.

 

Many Christians have developed devotion to Our Lady, Un-doer of Knots. I was pleading to her throughout this process to help me with all of those entangled cords! She did it!

 

The photo above is connected with St. Teresa of Avila upon whose feast I write this note. Simplicity—getting down to the basics—was one of her qualities. Many aspects of our lives are causing entanglements and confusion and a sense of disturbance. These cultures lead us away from the awesome perfection of God. Today’s challenge was a clear reminder to me of this need for more simple approaches to everyday activities. Tomorrow may hold even more surprises in this regard.

 

May you be blessed with the virtuous gifts of St. Teresa of Avila and Our Lady, Un-doer of Knots. May peace and calm envelope the hours of your day and bring you contentment.

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                   

October 2019   

 

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               ….by His Wounds we are healed                                                                                  Volume XVIII, Number 11   

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends, 

 

We are preparing to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our Founding as a Religious Community and a few thoughts from the past seemed appropriate at this writing.

 

Sister Mary Aloysius was the mother of our Foundress. She was about eighty years of age when she took her official vows as a Sister of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus. This was but the topping on the cake, so to speak, because her life emulated this vowed call to reparation many years before.

 

In her pre-commitment years, most people knew her as “Gram”. Alicia was the name given shortly after her birth when she was baptized in a Parisian-French family. Their roots were stable and deep in the Catholic heritage. Children were always dressed in something of light blue to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is no wonder why this was Sister Mary Aloysius’ favorite color to her death.

 

She lived in New Orleans for many years and raised nine children to adulthood. I lost count of the number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren that were her offspring. However, from this large Catholic family, Alicia considered the residence of her daughter “Yvonne” to be her home. As the year would unfold, she travelled to visit her children and their families but always returned to the familiar surroundings of Yvonne’s home as her base. This was the case when Yvonne moved to Chicago for her professional studies and then to New York as her profession developed. So, it was God’s choice to add Alicia to the ranks of a co-Foundress when the Community took its natural form.

 

Alicia came from an aristocratic French family. She was taught the finest of arts in entertaining, cooking, sewing, needlework, designing, home-making and raising a family. Her Catholic Faith was central to all of this refinement. As her family grew, each child had a home formation based upon the artistic talents of their mother. Her daughter “Yvonne” became a performer, a designer of children’s clothes and theatrical costumes, an exquisite writer, a gourmet cook, an outstanding teacher and leader. All of her children were musicians.

 

Throughout “Yvonne’s” professional work, her mother was there working hand-in-hand however God’s design unfolded. In the ministries of our Community, Sister Mary Aloysius was a central figure intensely dedicated to our development and the teaching of those placed under our care. The school children came to know her as “Sister Cookie”. She won many a soul by her charm and tenacity. She was honest and forthright. She disciplined with a loving hand and left a trail of sweets for the forgiven and sorrowful.

 

Jesus called her home on September 15th, the Feast of His Sorrowful Mother to whom she had great devotion. Tears of sorrow and of joy continue to mix when we think of her!

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                   

August 2019   

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            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVIII, Number 9 

 

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,

 

We meet many lonely people in our daily travels. It is hard to imagine that one could be so lonely surrounded by an active, vibrant world. However, they are!

 

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen has inspiring words to consider about loneliness. He writes:

“The most immediate cure for loneliness is to show kindness to others. The search for happiness by turning one’s back on humanity kills happiness…There is no cure for loneliness in distraction, in amusement, or in momentary excitement. Being outside us, they leave the inner man sometimes even more destitute. In any case, it is not things that make us lonely; it is rather persons or the absence of persons. Our healing must involve personal relationships…Even the love of God for lonesome people is to be shown through persons who love God...If the love that I have is inspired by God, then the other person feels less lonely because they are truly loved.

 

One wonders if there has ever been a lonely missionary in the world—certainly not, if he was serving either the body or the spirit of another...The moment we begin to put love where we do not find it, two things happen: we find the other person loveable, or we become less lonely. To love the seemingly unlovable requires effort, but it is no great effort once we realize that God loves us.” (Excerpts from Footprints in a Darkened Forest)

 

Summertime offers opportunity to meet new potential friends. The weather provides atmosphere similar to the land of Judea—the hills where Jesus walked and preached. We can even wear sandals to feel more at home. A visit to a shoreline or even a pond in a local park might remind us of Jesus along the shores of Galilee. A sunny day can draw us to the Mount of the Beatitudes and inspire our activities.

 

Perusing a Biblical Passage in the morning can set the pace for our entire day. Spiritually, one can sit with the Lord under a shade tree; or feel the breeze of the Spirit’s inspiration; or smell the fragrance of the lily—a sign of His purity; flowers on the vine could take us to Mary’s home in Nazareth; an outside barbecue could become similar to the open hearth where the women of the village would bake their bread; the young boy Jesus could easily be envisioned among children at play.

 

We are called to make our home a Nazareth home. We are challenged to make our family a Holy Family. We are each called to be holy as God is holy. Let us prayerfully support each other in this journey. In this way, our hearts will never be lonely for the love of God binds us together!

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                          June 2019 

 

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            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVIII, Number 7

 

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,

 

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We honor her throughout the church year and remember her in a special way during this springtime of life! Additional joy comes when it includes the Easter Season for it was she who was chosen to bear our Redeemer. It was Mary who was conceived without original sin that she might participate in the redemption of all humankind.

 

We call upon her patronage in the Litany provided for us. As it is prayed, every conceivable petition and need may be included. Let’s take a moment to consider her attributes:

Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of good counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Savior, Virgin most prudent, Virgin most venerable, Virgin most renowned, Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful, Virgin most faithful, Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, Cause of our joy, Spiritual vessel, Vessel of honor, Singular vessel of devotion, Mystical rose, Tower of David, Tower of ivory, House of gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning star, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, Queen of angels, Queen of patriarchs, Queen of prophets, Queen of apostles, Queen of martyrs, Queen of confessors, Queen of virgins, Queen of all saints, Queen conceived without Original Sin, Queen assumed into Heaven, Queen of the most holy Rosary, Queen of peace.

 

These words reflect Mary’s life, her acceptance of God’s Holy Will, her faithfulness, her endurance in trial and tribulation. She is s model of grace and humility. Mary is our Queen and our Mother. Even the Angelus that we pray at twelve and six o’clock each day springs forth in Alleluia by replacing it with the Regina Coeli or Queen of Heaven during this joyful Easter Season. Queen of heaven rejoice, Alleluia!

 

In a world so dense with sin and burdened by non-believers, the Mystical Body of Christ, our beloved Church, through its Mother, reminds us to rejoice and be hopeful for redemption is at hand!

 

We close our Marian Litany asking for the grace to hold fast to the joy and hope of eternity as we pray:

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                          May 2019 

 

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