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Just For Smiles
Convent Trivia
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Our Apostolate of Prayer
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Fall 2012

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

The Church begins her liturgical year during Advent with the Marian feast which celebrates Our Lady as the dawn preceding the coming of her Son. Immaculate in her conception, Mary ushers into our world the reign of God’s grace.

The autumn of our solar year as well as the final quarter of the liturgical year is also preceded by a feast of the Blessed Virgin: that of her Assumption. The earthly harvest time is ushered in by the Heavenly Father gathering to Himself the first fruits of His Son’s redemptive grace: Mary’s Immaculate soul and body are taken up to heaven. The coming months will bring more harvest feasts, that of All Saints and All Souls, just following on the celebration of their Divine Leader Christ the King.

Providentially, this issue of our newsletter also brings us to the consideration of the closing lines of our title prayer which aptly develop the theme we have begun:

And there with the saints praise thee, for all eternity. Amen.

Today Reverend Mother gave the Sisters a talk in which she referred to the theme we have chosen for our Marian schools this year: “Let your light shine before men.” She told a story in which a teacher asked her students if they knew what a saint was. One literal-minded lad answered with the words, “A saint is someone the light shines through.” Little did the child realize the profound truth of his simple reference to the stained glass windows in his church. Yes, a saint is someone through whom the radiance of Christ shines on his fellow men. Mary, the Queen of all saints, is fashioned as the unspotted mirror of God’s beauty. Like her, we too must become all-transparent, cleansed of our stains and imperfections, so that the grace of God may glow within us and illuminate the dark world around us. We too, must become saints. We must turn our aspirations heavenward, following in the train of our divine Master and our Immaculate Mother whose praises we shall sing in heaven “as stars for all eternity” in the crown of our Queen.

Meanwhile, as one catechist of my acquaintance told her class, “In heaven we have All Saints, and in purgatory we have All Souls. So what do we have on earth?” Answered with silence, she had to explain, “Why, on earth we have ALL SORTS!”

God is wonderful in His saints. When we gaze on the variety in species of plant and animal life on earth, we have a small reflection of the amazing assortment of rational creatures, both angelic and human that He has created to proclaim His glory and to share His love. This brings us to two practical conclusions: First, let your light shine before men; let your good example and your patient love pour the light of Christ on those around you, drawing them to Him. Second, like the wise virgins of the Gospel, be sure to have your own unique lamp well lit when the Bridegroom comes, that the glory He will receive only from you may be His for all eternity.

Just for Smiles

 
The Sisters attending Holy Mass

Our Apostolate of Prayer

Are you worried about a loved one? Is there a problem that is weighing heavily upon your heart? Send in your intentions, and the Sisters will commend them in their prayers and Masses, especially during our upcoming Novenas:

Our Lady of the Rosary
   (October 7)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
   (December 12)

One of our missions opened the school year on August 30 (the feast of St. Rose of Lima), and among the new pupils was a non-Catholic second-grade girl who was eager to learn. At home that night when the country of Peru somehow came up at dinner, she saw a chance to impress her family. “I know who the patron saint of Peru is,” she announced. All eyes turned her way. “Really! Who is it?” “St. Rose of Lima Beans,” she answered proudly.

Convent Trivia

Did you know that the Sisters pick saints every month? A cup containing little slips of paper on which are written the saints and feasts of the month is passed around the dinner table and each Sister draws one. Then we take turns sharing the saint or feast that we picked, which often leads to a discussion of the lives of the saints or the beautiful feasts of the liturgical year. It is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the saints we would not think much about otherwise. As we learn how they grew in virtue and holiness and became so pleasing to God, not only do we grow in our devotion to them, but we are also encouraged in our own struggles in the spiritual life.

Calendar

September 5
8
26
29
  School begins
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sr. Renee Marie’s feastday
Feast of St. Michael: Titular feast of Mount St. Michael, St. Michael’s Convent, and St. Michael’s Academy; Sr. Michael Marie’s feastday
October 3
7
10-14
13
  Sr. Therese Marie’s feastday
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
Fatima Conference at Mount St. Michael: “Men Must Cease Offending God; He is Already Too Much Offended”
Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima (Miracle of the Sun)
November 1
17
19
  All Saints’ Day (holyday)
Sr. Maria Providencia’s feastday
Sr. Mary Isabella’s feastday
December 8
10
12
12-13
25
  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mary Immaculata’s feastday
Sr. Mary Loretta’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Concerts at the Bing Theater
Christmas Day; Sr. Marie Emmanuel’s feastday

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