Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

St. Pius V, after calling on all of Europe to pray to Our Lady for victory,  miraculously witnesses from his window the destruction of the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto, on October 7, 1571, a victory won by the power of the rosary. The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716.

Fall at The Formation House...

the view of Glen Morris from the top of our meadow.

 The pond just behind the Formation House


The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything - St. Catherine of Genoa

Monday, October 5, 2009

Life Chain Sunday 09

 Our Lady of Guadalupe,
   Protectress of the Unborn, Pray for us!

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God I thank You today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know that there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
By the resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself never to be silent,
Never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement
And never to stop defending life. 

This Sunday, together with so many others across the nation, some of our sisters took part in the 2009 Life chain, praying for the end of abortion and for the conversion of those who seek to take the life of the unborn and for healing for those who have already had an abortion. As we stood on the side of the highway this afternoon, silently praying and holding our pro-life signs, I couldn't help but think of St. Francis of Assisi who feast is celebrated on this day, the 4th of October. St. Francis taught his brothers, by his own example, that one's actions can speak louder to another soul than any words one might say.  We pray that the courageous witness of all those who came out today to stand up for the right to life for all our brothers and sisters spoke a powerful and loving message of God's mercy, healing and forgiveness as well as the dignity of each person He has created out of His infinite love. We encourage each of you to try to sign up to take part in the 40 Days for Life going on in your areas as well.  Canadian Abortion Fact Sheet 
 God bless you all!