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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Community Spotlight: Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary
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Order: Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Mary
Gender: Male and Female
Charism:
Eligibility: 18-40 years of age, single, never married, without children, physically and psychologically healthy
Formation: Unknown
Vows: Poverty, chastity, obedience and "a fourth vow to offer one’s life for the intentions of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and for the conversion of sinners, keeping nothing for self but giving all without reserve and with joy."
Practices:  Peace Chaplet, daily Rosary, daily Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Chaplet of Union, Eucharistic Adoration
History: Found here.

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Daily Offerings

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Prayers: Stations of the Cross

What are the Stations of the Cross?

Also known as the Way of the Cross, the stations of the cross can be found in any Catholic parish. The Stations of the Cross began as a pilgrimage through the path walked by Christ in Jerusalem, and the devotion began when it became dangerous to travel to Jerusalem. The Stations of the Cross is practiced especially during Lent. There are fourteen stations marking events that took place during Christ's passion and death.

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What are the fourteen stations?
  1. Jesus is condemned to death. 
  2. Jesus carries His cross. 
  3. Jesus falls for the first time. 
  4. Jesus meets His mother. 
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His cross. 
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. 
  7. Jesus falls the second time. 
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. 
  9. Jesus falls a third time. 
  10. Jesus' clothes are taken away. 
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross. 
  12. Jesus dies on the cross.
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross. 
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
Some add a fifteenth station, the resurrection, although it is not traditionally part of the stations.

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How do I pray the Stations of the Cross?
There is no set formula for the Stations of the Cross, aside from the fourteen stations. Many prayers and meditations for the Stations exist but you may simply have your own prayers as you meditate of the Stations. 

Links and Resources
Stations of the Cross with reflections by Mother Angelica (EWTN)
Stations of the Cross for Children
Meditations by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman
Meditations by Bl. Pope John Paul II
The Way of the Cross - St. Josemaría Escrivá
A Salesian Method of Praying the Stations of the Cross
Stations Of The Cross According to the Method of St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, 11 March 2013

Saint's Corner: St. Louise de Marrilac


Name: Louise de Marillac
Birth & Death: August 15 1591 - March 15 1660
Feast Day: March 15
Country of Origin: France
History: Born out of wedlock, she was cared for by her father, a widower in the French aristocracy. When her father remarried his wife refused to acknowledge Louise and was educated at the royal monastery. She attempted to become a contemplative nun but was rejected, possibly because of poor health. Her family convinced her to marry and she was a devoted wife and mother until the death of her husband. She was counselled by St. Francis de Sales and later St. Vincent de Paul became her confessor and her guide. She and St. Vincent de Paul would go on to found the Daughters of Charity.

Recommended:
saints.sqpn.com
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, 1 March 2013

For Whom is Religious Life for or Not?

I just wanted to share this lovely reflection in poetic verse with you all. It's written by one of the sisters (SDS) and I thought it was quite something, and it spoke to me strongly, renewing in me what I had always believed about trusting one's whole life to God and listening to the Holy Spirit. Prayers for you all as always, Kim Lee.

For Whom is Religious Life for or Not?

A reflection by: Sr. Elizabeth Segleau, SDS

Source
 

 Religious life is not for wimps,
It is for those filled with courage.
Religious life is not for the lazy,
It is for those who have the fire within.

Religious life is not for those who thirst for wealth,
It is for those who’s treasure is set and kept in God.
Religious life is not for those who are their own boss,
It is for those who are obedient in seeking God’s will.

Religious life is not for those who expect to be directed,
It is for those who trust and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Religious life is not for the loners,
It is for those who hope to grow in the company of others.

Religious life is not for those who have a single plan,
It is for those who are ready to help with many plans.
Religious life is not for the grumpy,
It is for those who already rejoice in God’s friendship.

Religious life is not for those who always need to be busy,
It is for those who can remain in the quiet and stay a while with God.
Religious life is not for the militant,
It is for those who are able to be flexible.

Will you dare to join and share this graced adventure?

Sr Elizabeth SDS