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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Already on It's Way!

BE Retreat a huge success!  God is doing amazing things!

The School Christmas Play is such a special place to be!

Sr. Mary Michael just came back from a Training Class in KC.
One of the important lessons of life is to be balanced.
Here she is with her classmates playing a game on someone's iPhone.

Sr. M.M. with some of her classmates.

Jesus Risen (silhouette) behind the cross --
This is the Christian Life - Living the Paschal Mystery all at once!

This past Sunday was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!  God delights in each one of us as His Children, so we invite you to meditate on those words that the Father said to Jesus, "This is my son / daughter in whom I am well pleased!"  Imagine that God is a parent that loves us UNCONDITIONALLY!  How awesome is that?!

God is good!  Pray for us as we pray for you!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Harvest of Blessings Gala 2013, Advent, and the Passion Garden!

Passion Garden path is on the way!

A Future Gazebo?
Boy Scouts helping with their fellow Eagle Scout Project.

Gala 2013 --Getting ready with last minute details!
We had pictures of our Mother Foundress and from our apostolates and some special Sisters.

The famous "Just-a-Bite" Dessert Table!





The Passion Garden is well underway (see pics above).  We're getting excited!

The Harvest of Blessings was a great success thanks to so many friends and volunteers!  All of these pictures were taken before the guests arrived.  We had an ice storm, and there were still almost 400 people there!  It was awesome.  (Our photographer didn't come because of the ice . . . )

God bless you all! We're praying for you during this time of Advent and Christmas with a Novena of Masses.  Pray for us too!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Calling All Alumni with a Story!



www.panhandlefranciscans.org/alumni

  

 As we prepare for the "Harvest of Blessings Gala" 2013, we are hoping to connect with students who have been taught by us in the last 60 years!  See link below the top picture for more information!

God bless you all!  Pray for us as we pray for you!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Beauty of Saint Clare

Dear Friends,

Today (usually Sept. 23, but was transferred to Sept. 24) is the Feast (Optional Memorial) of "Finding of the Body of St. Clare of Assisi", observed by the 2nd and 3rd Orders of St. Francis.  The 2nd Order is the Poor Clare's who are cloistered women.  The 3rd Order is what we belong to as School Sisters of St. Francis.

Thought we'd share of couple of her quotes.  Today in the Franciscan Office of Readings, she asks us to let go of what is good for what is better, from virtue to virtue, "...so that he whom you serve with all your heart may deign to grant you the reward you long for."  Look up her writings - they are quite beautiful.

We are all called to let go of what is "good" for the goods of Eternity!  She calls it a "laudable exchange".  She was an amazing woman of faith and love!



Sorry it's taken so long to update the blog.  Time is flying by unmercifully.  We were very busy while our Superior General was visiting at the beginning of this month.  Here are just a few pictures below from her visit (this is in a classroom that we work in).  Accompanying her was Sr. Maria Irina, a General Councilor from Vienna as well. 


Sister leading the children in a song.

Sister telling the students the story of St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio.

Austrian Sisters singing a song from their homeland.

The following "signs" are from the Amish Furniture Store on I-27 near Amarillo. 
(Take the Sundown Lane exit, I think.)
We're advertising for them because they are graciously donating something to our fundraiser this fall.
May God bless them for their generosity.







Amen.  Awesome signs to remind us to put our priorities in order.  May the Lord bless you and keep you all!

(P.S. Check out our website to learn more about our upcoming fundraiser and also our new project the Passion Garden.)