Monday, May 31, 2010

The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

Yesterday was the awesome Solemnity of the Holy Trinity! The Holy Trinity has become very important to us -- we were made in the Image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:26). We were made in the image of the Holy Trinity -- an image of perfect Love and Unity and Communion. Wow.

Here is a quote from Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (yes, Franciscans love Carmelite saints too, and have a Blessed Feast of the Visitation!):

"I have found heaven on earth, since heaven is God, and God is in my soul. My mission in heaven will be to draw souls, helping them to go out of themselves to cling to God, with a spontaneous, love-filled action, and to keep them in that great interior silence which enables God to make his mark on them, to transform them into himself."(Letter 122)
Here is a prayer from her to the Holy Trinity:
O my God, Trinity whom I adore; help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action.
O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You...even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to "clothe me with Yourself," to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior. O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance. O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, "come upon me," and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; "cover her with Your shadow," seeing in her only the "Beloved in whom You are well pleased."

O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy and Blessed Feast of the Pentecost!

We must prepare ourselves for the receiving of the Holy Spirit! Jesus prayed deeply before each big decision or event in His life, so we must learn from Him! (taken from Bishop Zurek's homily preparing for Pentecost Sunday)
We've been busy -- top picture is Fr. Ron praying the Mass with us.... nothing is as beneficial to our souls but to be with and to receive our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Second picture is from a recent youth rally in Amarillo. Teens are awesome!
Third picture is from our little faith formation class here in Panhandle that is graduating. Small but powerful witnesses to the Lord in this world!
Bottom picture is from our recent visit from Greg and Julie Alexander. They work hard to let God use them as instruments to enrich marriages and save marriages, all with the Gospel and the Theology of the Body.
God bless you all! Receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Busy Mother's Day Weekend!

Busy weekend -- Bishop Zurek came to St. Theresa's Parish for Confirmation. Sr. Mary Grace finished her year with her students who were able to make their First Communion. We had our May Crowning with our Sunday Holy Hour in our Chapel with Sr. Rose Marie crowning Our Lady. And then we had a special "program" for Sr. Mary Ana for Mother's Day -- Sr. Mary Jude attempted to dress up like Captain Jack Sparrow . . . you had to be there.
We celebrated Mother's Day for ourselves as Spiritual Mothers. And, every year, we all light a candle for our own Mothers whether they are living or deceased, to pray for them!
We love you, Mom!!!
We love you Mary, our Spiritual Mom!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Feast of St. Joseph & Fun at the CSC

First of all, HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER!!! St. Joseph is one of our special saint friends!
Secondly, what people do to raise money -- Fr. Nick and Fr. Daniel agreed to let the students throw pies at them for a price to raise money for the Relay for Life. Aren't they cute???

Thirdly, the Sisters in the schools are looking at their last month of school before summer break. Keep up the good work, Sisters! The children depend on you!
And finally, we will post pictures from visitors soon.....
God bless you all! Please join us in prayer for the many petitions that have been entrusted to us to pray for!