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:

"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."


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.

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!