….by His Wounds we are healed
Volume XVII, Number 8
Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,
We have renewed our Vows on Pentecost which binds us to live this reparation call as it applies to the Rule of our Holy Father, St. Francis. My preparation for this feast always draws me to more fervent meditation and prayer to the Holy Spirit and on St. Francis’ influence in our lives.
Shortly after Pentecost, Sr. Mary Immaculate was admitted to the hospital with leg edema and difficulty breathing. She remains there as I write this note. Little success has been gained from the procedures and medications she has received. Her spirits are positive and she has accomplished much ministry throughout these hours.
This causes me to ask what our Seraphic Father and our beloved Sisters may be trying to teach us as we strive toward a more virtuous life. Many of Francis’ words fill the spirit of my soul.
"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching." "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." "If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."
Mother Mary Rose Thérèse would explain it this way: “If you are going to do something, do it the very best that you can. All sincere effort draws us closer to God for He provides everything for us”.
Mother Regina Rose would express it this way: “I am the littlest of the flowers in God’s garden. I could never have value or survive without His gentle, caring love. There is no reason for my existence except with Him.”
As the hours and days have unfolded, Sr. Mary Immaculate is doing her best to put all of these messages into action toward each person she encounters. Somehow in the light of God’s goodness, it gives meaning to sickness, helplessness, fatigue, vulnerability and pain.
Is this not the message Jesus taught us by His own life? If we follow Him, we can find strength and purpose in every ordeal. May the grace of our lives be renewed and multiplied as we journey forward.
Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R. End of May 2018
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