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A Different Perspective

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:21+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

The following two reflections are written by two of our Candidates who share their own unique perspective and experience here at the Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Candidacy is the stage that leads up to entrance as a Postulant in our community; currently we have 3 Candidates living here discerning membership. We hope you [...]

Misery Meets Mercy

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:21+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

Something we are all probably very familiar with is our own misery. We could use many different words to describe this spiritual and internal reality: weakness, woundedness, internal poverty, helplessness, powerlessness, littleness, wretchedness, brokenness, inadequacy, neediness, insufficiency, inability, imperfection, limitations, destitution, fallenness, sinfulness, unworthiness, and the list could go on and on. Regardless of which word [...]

Love of God and Love of Neighbor: Insights of Pope Benedict

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Newsletter Articles|Tags: , |

“In the love-story recounted by the Bible, he comes towards us, he seeks to win our hearts, all the way to the Last Supper, to the piercing of his heart on the Cross, to his appearances after the Resurrection and to the great deeds by which, through the activity of the Apostles, he guided the nascent [...]

Contemplating with the Mother: An Advent Mass Preparation

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Contemplation, Lectio Divina, Newsletter Articles, The Mass|Tags: , , , |

The Mass is a prayer of unparalleled proportions. The Catechism says, “The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice . . . ‘the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.’ ” (CCC [...]

On a Cold December Day: A Psychologist Meets Christ

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 December 8th, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Works of Mercy|Tags: , , , |

On a cold December day, I got the news that the Psychology professor (who had taught me psychology when I was sixteen) had just had a heart attack and was going to need emergency open-heart surgery. Then I was told almost equally shocking news—that he said that if he was to die, he wanted to die [...]

Personal Thoughts on Consecrated Life

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Vocation Stories|Tags: , , , |

“How can I ever put into words the gift God gave me in giving me a Vocation? He saved me from a life of self-gratifying, which leads to emptiness, and gave me a life of self-sacrificing, which leads to fullness. He asked me to let go of everyone I sought love from, and then He gave [...]

Rejoice! The Year of Consecrated Life

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Pope Francis has named 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life. It has been proposed to begin November 21, 2014, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple and end a year from that date or on the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple February 2, 2016. “I want to say one word [...]

Adoring Jesus with the Heart of Mary

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Categories: Eucharistic Adoration, Marian, Newsletter Articles|

When we are in Adoration we believe that we are not alone. Our faith teaches us that along with our Lord’s Real Presence—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—are present the whole host of heaven, all the angels and the saints, and even the souls in purgatory, as true members of the Mystical Body of Christ. “Where there [...]

Homeless Ministry

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Works of Mercy|

So often in my life I’ve asked the question “Why?!”—Why did I have to go through this or that painful experience?! Why wasn’t I born better looking or have a more attractive personality?! Why is my tendency to judgment and condemnation of others so strong?! Why was I made this way?! And for goodness sake, why [...]