REPARATION THOUGHTS

                                 

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVII, Number 16

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote this:

Thanksgiving Prayer
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.

 

This year has been unlike any other for our religious community. We are assured of God’s relentless desire to care for us and walk with us on this incredible journey toward His reparational love. This has ignited many torches of fond memories and experiences.

 

I pray in thanksgiving for my Catholic Faith; for the upbringing and family formation I received; for Catholic education; for introducing me to Rose Ferron at such a young age; for large family support and example; for the extensive number of vocations within our family structures; for the guidance of aunts and uncles and cousins; for sharing life with so many nieces and nephews; for the parishioners and neighbors who helped in my formation; for the priests and seminarians who shared Sunday meals and important events of life; for the example and faith of innumerable religious women and men; for music and laughter; for healthy experiences; and for the gift of life.

 

I am eternally grateful to be called as a spiritual daughter of Marie Rose Ferron and Mother Mary Rose Therese. Their example has continued to inspire my decisions and actions each and every day. Each of the Sisters who have served under their leadership presents examples of courage and fortitude and faithfulness. I feel their love directing my decisions and efforts to please the Lord as He invites us to follow especially through devotion to His Most Sacred Wounds.

 

We are called to holiness in every aspect of our lives. Our faith is a conduit to direct each thought and action. Service is at the core of that faith, and hope continues to lift us to acts of charity wherever the Holy Spirit directs. Can one even begin to imagine the graces heaven bestows to live by such a call? Could one even hope to complete it without the help of a myriad of angels; a host of saints; the tender care of the Blessed Mother of God; and unbounded grace and blessing!

 

I only desire to be faithful and loving in answering this call; and I extend my gratitude to all who have chosen to share my life’s journey.

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                    

November 2018  

 

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  REPARATION THOUGHTS                     

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVII, Number 15

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,   

 

I continue to meet people who carry difficult physical or spiritual burdens through our call to reparation. This naturally limits what they consider a “normal” life. “You told us to strive to say the rosary every day but somedays I only get a decade said. Other days take the entire twenty-four hours to pray even a few Hail Mary’s!” one explained.

 

As we spoke, I asked about their ordinary day. “Well, by the time I get ready in the morning, I am already late for my first appointment. It takes so long, you know. There are blood sugars to test and pills to fix and consume; and clothes to wash and dishes to do. I can’t move quickly like I used to. Sometimes the most I can do is say ‘Hail Mary’ or ‘God help me’. I keep thinking about God and the saints but feel like I am letting God down.” I sought to understand some of their basic prayer practices. “Are you offering your day to the Lord in the morning and closing your day with an Act of Contrition?” I asked. “As often as I can”, came the answer.

 

This is the essence of what I responded. Do not be discouraged. Your pain, your limitations, your frustrations, your weariness are your prayers. It is in this way that God draws you to Himself each day. His example was not what the world calls a perfect life. From the beginning of His life on earth, He lived in poverty, littleness, constraint and in contradiction to the world that surrounded Him. When we suffer, we are invited to share in Jesus’ own life. This is our reparation call. It is our treasure; our way toward eternal life.

 

Praying the Rosary is very important but the life within the meditations of the rosary should be part of our own. In your sickness and burden and limitation, Jesus and Mary are allowing you to “live the rosary” with them. Were they not limited in time when finding a place of refuge in Bethlehem? Must it not have been difficult to keep up with daily needs as they traveled to Egypt? Did Jesus not fall from weakness and exhaustion while carrying His Cross? Were the Apostles and disciples afraid while they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit? Did Jesus not multiply provisions to feed the large numbers? Was His Holy Eucharist not a source of strength at the Last Supper as well as in our very day?

 

Mary has given her rosary to help us pray in the ordinariness of life. Even a few Hail Mary’s throughout the day draw attention to her love and care for us and her Son Jesus. They invite us to spiritually sit in her garden at Nazareth smelling the fragrances; feeling the breeze of its holy air; listening to the melodies of birds; and resting with the Holy Family. This brings true refreshment amidst life’s busy hours. It draws us to the Annunciation when heaven visited earth through the Archangel Gabriel; and the Holy Spirit filled the Virgin Mary with the life of her Son. We cannot help but be brought to peace and comfort as God blesses us through His own Mother.

 

Mary, Queen of peace, pray for us. Mary of Nazareth, be our guide. Mary, Mother of God, grant us a mother’s blessing and a mother’s care. Amen.

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.    Late October 2018  

 

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REPARATION THOUGHTS                     

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVII, Number 14

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,   

 

Blessings to each of you in this season of the Rosary! During this month, we are encouraged to pray the rosary every day and make it part of our spiritual journey. Some of us practice this year ‘round but for others, it is the time to begin. This Marian prayer is often described as the “epitome of the Gospel” and is part of our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” -St. Padre Pio

 

The Catholic Catechism teaches that Mary is the perfect Orans (pray-er), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, Who sends His Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple, we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes, for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope. (CC 2679)

 

“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” -St. Padre Pio

 

The Catechism also explains: Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. (CC 2708)

 

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 

I so appreciate what meditation upon the rosary does for me. It allows me to enter into the life, the very life of Christ in all of its joys, sorrows, luminous and glorious events. It literally encapsulates any kind of experience I might have in my day-to-day journey. It stimulates hope. It strengthens my endurance in times of trial. It reminds me of heaven’s promises. It draws me into the mystery of God in all of its glory.

 

We often hear about family members and loved ones who have abandoned their faith. Add the Rosary to your prayers for them. So many are enduring chronic, painful medical conditions. Add the Rosary to your prayers for them. Many of our families have lost their cohesion, unity and peace. Enfold them into the mysteries of the Rosary.

 

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” -Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima

 

Dear Mary, show us the way to your Son. Help us not only to pray but to live the Rosary each day of our lives. Amen!

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.  October 2018  

 

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  REPARATION THOUGHTS                     

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVII, Number 13

 

 

 

 

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,     

 

The month of September is dedicated to honor Angels. Needless to say, I am extremely partial about these holy, invisible beings. This year, EWTN published a book on Angels written by Father John Horgan, STL who has written and spoken extensively on this topic. The Book is titled: “His Angels at Our Side—Understanding their power in our souls and the world”.

 

In addressing our spiritual formation with the Angels, Father notes five roles that the angels take on in their love and service for the Lord: messengers, stewards, warriors, guardians, and adorers. (Page 253) As messengers they are pure spirits sent from God to communicate His grace, His goodness, and His truth. As stewards, the angels stand over all principles and forms of creation. As warriors, angels defend us against evil and support the plans and purposes of God. Our guardian angel is our faithful companion from conception to death. Every angel adores the Lord from the very depths of his being and leads us to a deeper spirit of adoration. (Excerpts from Chapter Fifteen)

 

I am forever enamored by the gracious, loving care of God by His gift of Angelic guardianship throughout the entirety of our lives. If one thinks of the process of growing in holiness, which is our journey toward eternity, nothing that we could endure or experience has been left without angelic help to strengthen our journey. They are wise and intelligent beings that guide us to serve the Lord more fully in every aspect of life. We are never alone!

 

I have had any number of experiences where help has come forth; or timing and inspiration moved me differently than planned; or wherein I was drawn more deeply in my relationship with God. The only explanation that I could give is recognizing angelic protection and guidance. Angels are powerful, loving and wonderful.

 

We all know that God allows incidences that are difficult or challenging for our personal well-being and growth. We know He is there helping us but in addition, His angels have also been assigned to help. How magnificent is our kind and loving Lord!

 

When I am tired and weary, they lift me with their strength. When I try to pray, they draw me to my knees. When I seek understanding of God’s truth, they assist in the opening of my intellect. When I am seeking to respect creation, they seem to direct me toward new perspectives. Always at work and prayer and praise are these blessed creatures.

 

It is often impossible for me to complete the weight and expanse of my daily responsibilities. Somehow, they help me to do what is necessary and appropriate for the hours of any given day. I have come to call it “The Angelic floatation technique”. Blessed be the Name of the Lord both now and forever!

 

Let us strive to imitate their wonderful qualities. May we pray and praise God more fervently and stand strong in the face of evil. May we be messengers of hope and courage, and loving stewards of God’s creation. Amen.

 

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                    September 2018  

 

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