Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Dead Tree by the River???

Some of the Sisters went to Red River and Taos, NM in recent weeks for a few days off. 
Here are some of our pictures and reflections:

This dead tree is RIGHT next to the Red River in New Mexico.
Amazing how a person could be right next to the Church and not get "watered" with a prayer life.
Without a real relationship with the God of Love, we are in danger of wilting on the vine.
May we always have the grace to be filled with God and His Grace!

The beauty of Red River is amazing. The trees in the background give a small indication.

Fishing is a tough job.


 

San Francisco de Asis Iglesia in Taos, NM

On her way to fishing in the river!

Sometimes Sisters fight too . . .
 
God is so good!  Time for some of the Sisters to go back to school.  Pray for us as we pray for you!
For more pictures, check out our Facebook Photo Album:  https://www.facebook.com/schsrs
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

God's Gaze - Chapter of Mats - Golden Jubilee - Renewal of Vows - a VERY Busy Summer!

Bishop Zurek posing with Sisters from our Motherhouse in Vienna and Sisters from our Argentina Region
celebrating Sr. M. Theresa's Golden Jubilee!  Congratulations!

Group Picture of our Sisters in Texas and visiting Sisters from Argentina and Vienna.

Visitors love going to Palo Duro Canyon when possible for sight-seeing.  We love taking them.

Sr. Mary Grace renewing her vows at St. Theresa's Church.

(from left to right) Sr. Jean Marie (Regional Superior), Sr. Mary Grace (renewal of vows), and
Sr. M. Herlinde, Superior General from Vienna.

Bishop Zurek blessing Sr. M. Theresa for her Golden Jubilee.
Most of the month of July was centered around our "Chapter of Mats".  St. Francis would invite the brothers to bring their mats for a Chapter.  We were blessed to have 2 Sisters come from our Argentina Region and 3 Sisters from Vienna, our Motherhouse.  May God be praised!!!

God's Gaze is on us always -- not because He wants to catch us in our wrongdoing, but because He loves us SO much!  God bless you all!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Springtime of the Church




The Springtime of the Church, as Pope John Paul II called it, is happening now!  As we travel to different vocation events and retreats, it is apparent that God is pouring down a grace upon young people today that is so beautiful and so refreshing to see.  We continue to meet youth and young adults who are searching and finding truth, Love, and happiness in God!  Praise God!

Here is an awesome quote from St. Faustina's Diary:

#890:
"Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free. She is like a queen; she knows no slavish compulsion; she sets about everything with great freedom of soul, because the love which dwells in her incites her to action. Everything that surrounds her makes her know that only God himself is worthy of her love. A soul in love with God and immersed in Him approaches her duties with the same dispositions as she does Holy Communion and carries out the simplest tasks with great care, under the loving gaze of God. She is not troubled if, after some time, something turns out to be less successful. She remains calm, because at the time of the action she had done what was in her power. When it happens that the living presence of God, which she enjoys almost constantly, leaves her, she then tries to continue living in lively faith. Her soul understands that there are periods of rest and periods of battle. Through her will, she is always with God. Her soul, like a knight, is well trained in battle; from afar it sees where the foe is hiding and is ready for battle. She knows she is not alone -- God is her strength."


Awesome!

Yesterday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and today is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  God loves us SOOOO much!  Let us bask in that love always!




Monday, June 2, 2014

Learning Virtue in the Midst of Daily Life

Lots of things are happening as usual -- landscaping, building the Passion Garden (outdoor Stations of the Cross), hosting visitors, etc.  On a more important note, one of the Sisters has been involved in the School of Faith Mentorship Program,which has proven to be an amazing experience.  This week was on virtue, and she says that's it's been transforming for her.  If you are looking for a place to grow so that you would be a better instrument for building the Kingdom of God, consider joining this program. The next class is applying now that will begin next Spring.  It is highly recommended!

Here are some pics from other things happening in our lives:

The school year is coming to an end -- here is a picture of students using their iPads for learning in one of our schools.
May the students in our schools grow in their relationship with God and neighbor!

Passion Garden Entrance waiting for a trellis!  (and a few other things)

Will be the place for The Resurrection when it is finished!!!

Station Three


We finally received some much needed rain -- the yellow grass should be greening up soon!

Sr. Mary Magdalene pretending to be working on the Passion Garden . . .

Our beautiful statue of Mary in the front of our convent was repainted for the first time in many years.

Sister learning how to garden and enjoy the outdoors.

One of our Sisters was able to go to the NCEA National Convention this year.
Friends from the Dallas area to visit. God is so good!  Beautiful family.

Mary overseeing our home with a beautiful sunset on the horizon.

May God be glorified through our lives!  God bless you all!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy and Blessed Easter!

Jesus is Alive!  He is Risen!  Alleluia! (See comments on bottom of pictures!!!)

About 2 weeks ago, we had some terrible winds. This was actually a good spot
compared to some others where the visibility was smaller. As we write this,
we're reminded of St.Francis' "Brother Wind" -- he has visited us quite a bit lately.

"Before" picture -- the Blessed Mother Statue
has been surrounded by trees for many years.
It was time to free her from this.
Here's a beautiful day for cleaning the statue of Mary!



New rocks and new plants make the front very beautiful.
Sunsets are one of the perks of living in the Texas Panhandle.







New trees line the front driveway! 

We are still in the middle of finishing our Passion Garden (Outdoor Stations of the Cross) in our backyard.  The Resurrection will be Station XV, of course.  As we are pilgrims in this world on our way to the world to come, the Resurrection is our constant hope.  We are invited to live the Paschal Mystery with Christ.  May we grow every day into more and more beautiful lights of Christ to shine in this world, even in the midst of suffering.  We're not in heaven yet.  "Suffering is the heat that molds us into Christ."  This is true -- May God be praised because of our lives lived in the light of the Resurrection!  Happy and Blessed Easter to you all!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Consecrated Life -- What is That?

We love talking with Youth Groups! The other day, we were able to visit with a local youth group about the Consecrated Life. We used this picture of a chalice to explain what it means to be "consecrated".  Just as the chalice is set aside for a holy and specific purpose, so are we who are called and choose to live the our consecration through Religious Life and the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.

Just as the chalice is set aside for the ultimate LOVE of God -- to give Himself to us in His Precious Body and Blood, present to us even on this Earth . . . even to us sinners . . . even to the point of us being able to receive Him!  Just as the chalice is set aside for LOVE, so is the Consecrated Life -- we are set aside, so to speak, for LOVE.  He is the One we are connected to (instead of a human husband) for Love, and not just for ourselves, but to be shared and spread throughout the Kingdom of God!
Isn't God awesome?!



Sister visiting Dallas metroplex for various events.

Divine Mercy Bookstore (Denton) is owned by one of our Sisters' relatives.
Great place to shop in the metroplex!

We're still working on beautifying the front of our house with new trees and plants.
All possible with a grant from the Scanlan Foundation.

More new trees!  Having new plants (and replacing the old dead ones) gives the place a new feel!

God bless you all!  Remember, we are all consecrated through our Baptism.  Each Christian is a very special child of God!  Live your consecration today by setting yourself aside for Christ in the way He is calling you to live.  Amen!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Walking (and Dancing) in the Fog

Rosary Garden covered in snow!  Thank God for Sister Water who waters our fields!

Have you ever felt like life was like walking in the fog?  It's amazing how every person feels like this sometimes.  It's important for us as Christians to not be afraid of the fog of life.  We are walking with Jesus. He can see everything of where we are walking!  He is leading us (if we ask Him to), and He is taking us safely through the fog.  He will not let us walk over a cliff or onto something that will harm our souls as long as we Trust His Lead.

You know what?  He wants to do more than lead us through the fog -- He wants us to DANCE with Him in the FOG!  He wants us to Trust Him SO much that we're willing to even dance with Him in the middle of the uncertain ground!  He wants us to delight in Him at this time and to receive Him delighting in us!

Let us dance in the fog with Jesus!  He will not forsake us.

Today is Our Lady of Lourdes. May the Immaculate Conception pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.