Monday, September 26, 2011

Monthly Discernment Discussion. Topic: Prayer - Thoughts from St. Jose Maria Escriva

You write, "To pray is to talk with God. But about what?" About what? About Him, about yourself—joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions—and Love and reparation. In a word, to get to know him and to get to know yourself—"to get acquainted!" The Way, 91

You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, "Lord, I don't know how to pray!" you can be sure you've already begun. The Way, 90

Look at the set of senseless reasons the enemy gives you for abandoning your prayer. "I have no time"—when you are constantly wasting it. "This is not for me." "My heart is dry..." Prayer is not a question of what you say or feel, but of love. And you love when you try hard to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything. Furrow, 464

Persevere in prayer. Persevere, even when your efforts seem barren. Prayer is always fruitful. The Way, 101

You don't know what to say to our Lord in your prayer. You can't think of anything, and yet you would like to consult him on many things. Look: make some notes during the day of whatever you want to consider in the presence of God. And then take these notes with you to pray. The Way, 97

Please join our discussion by leaving comments or asking questions. What are your struggles in prayers? How can they be overcome? What helps you to pray and to persevere in prayer? In vocation discernment, how can a young woman give ample time to prayer amidst her many committments? What is the essence of prayer?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SOLI Summer Celebrations!!

Hello friends! This has certainly been a busy, blessed, and joyous summer!

This past July, Sister Maria Faustina and Sister Mary Augustine attended the summer Vita Consecrata Institute (VCI) four week program of theological studies and spiritual renewal for religious offered at Christendom College, as a final preparation before Perpetual Vows . The sisters were blessed to have had the opportunity to meet His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who was a guest lecturer for the class on Liturgy and the Consecrated Life.

On August 15th, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the SOLI community celebrated together the Final Profession of our two sisters with great joy! The ceremony was most beautiful and the glowing faces of the two sisters reflected their immense excitement and gratitude in being called to give themselves completely to Our Lord Jesus as His spouses forever. We were grateful to have our dear friend, Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki, as the main celebrant for the Mass, and to see all the priests, seminarians, friends and family who came to share this wonderful day with our Community. A special thank you to Mr. Steven Strauss for his work in conducting the Schola made up of some of our own sisters and talented friends, whose Chants also added to the beauty of the ceremony.

So wonderful to have so many of our friend priests at the celebration!
The community sings "Be wise: make ready your lamps; behold the Bridegroom comes! Go out to meet Him!" and the sisters respond, "Now with all our hearts we follow you,  we reverence you and seek your presence.  Lord, fulfill our hope:  show us your loving kindness, the greatness of your mercy."
The ceremony was held in beautiful St. Clement's Church.
Bishop Ustrzycki with M.C. Father Wayne Lobsinger
Sister Mary Augustine receives her wedding ring!
Sister Maria Faustina receiving the Liturgy of the Hours in the ceremony.
Sister Mary Augustine signs her Vows.
Bishop Ustrzycki giving the homily.
The joyous brides as they make their way down the aisle after the Mass
Cut the cake!

We also had the joy this summer of receiving Shelby Glofcheski as a new postulant and Sister Margaret Mary (Rochelle) MacGrath as our newest Novice. Congratulations to everyone!
"Shelby, what do you desire?"   "I desire to become a candidate in the Community of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, in order to prepare myself for religious consecration."

"Rochelle, as a sign of your dying to the world and entering into a new way of life in Christ as a Novice with the Sisters of
 Our Lady Immaculate, from now on you will be called Sister Margaret Mary."
Congratulations Shelby!
Congratulations Sister Margaret Mary!
Some of the SOLI Community together with Father Tim Higgins, who is so kind in offering Mass for us each week