January 2019 E-Meditation

January 30, 2019 by  
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Blessed beginning of Ordinary Time! The first Sunday, we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus and the second, we reveled in His first miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana. Both of these beautiful mysteries shed marvelous light into discerning the vocation to the consecrated life.  

One of our Sisters recounts that there was a period in her young life that her Mother attended several funerals in a row, and she tagged along. “In Baptism, Charles died in Christ;” “In Baptism, Loretta died in Christ;” “In Baptism, George died in Christ;”- this was too much for her sensitive heart! Deeply concerned for the infants of the parish (a budding Sister of Life), she tearfully asked, “Mom, what is going on with the Baptisms?”


In Baptism, we do indeed die with Christ and we rise with Him. We are consecrated- that is, made holy and set aside for the sacred- becoming One with Jesus, an adopted child of God. It is a gift I didn’t deserve or earn, totally gratuitous and lavish. 
The call to consecration in religious life is a new and special bond, built upon the gift of Baptism. I am invited to be conformed to Jesus in a deeply intimate way, to live His very life- poor, chaste and obedient- by letting Him “renew His whole mystery” in me. (Elizabeth of the Trinity) The soul that is consecrated by these vows is changed, transformed, like water into wine.Jesus takes the simple elements of a life given over to Him and has the power to radically transform everything.

I love the words of the Blessed Mother at Cana- after she has told Jesus the need she sees, “They have no wine”- then she tells the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.”

John Paul II said that Mary shares “the deepest secret of her life” in these words. He goes on, “The whole of her person is in these words. Her life, in fact, has been a total yes to the Lord. A yes filled with joy and trust. ‘Do whatever He tells you’ means: listen to Jesus, my Son, act on His word and put your trust in Him. Learn to say yes to the Lord in every situation of your life.”JPII’s motto, “Totus Tuus”- Totally Yours (Mary)- came from St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Mary. Recently, Fr. Michael Gaitley wrote 33 Days to Morning Glory, another way of preparing your heart to give your life to Jesus through Mary. Consider using one of these methods to entrust your life and vocation to Our Lady this year.  Jesus worked His first miracle at her request and hasn’t stopped! May Our Lady of Cana bring your needs to Him, and may the Divine Bridegroom respond by filling the emptiness with His wine of love, peace and joy.

Enjoy this reflection on a line from the Litany of Trust- “From the belief I have to earn your love”- given by Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tucci7OUDBA
 
Upcoming trips and events: 
 
Prayer Vigil for Life on the Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade– January 22nd, join the Sisters of Life and the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal for an evening of prayer. https://archny.org/events/pv4l

World Youth Day: Sr. Bethany will go to Panama for WYD, speaking at the English speaking site, hosting by FOCUS and the Knights of Columbus on Jan. 23rd. Sr. Faustina will be in Washington D.C. for “Panama in the Capitol,” giving a talk on prayer on Jan. 24th.
Sr. Bethany and other Sisters will be traveling in Phoenix, AZ for a Conference, and will give a talk at Flagstaff the night of January 31st and brunch for women the following morning.Come February, Sr. Ann Immaculee will be addressing the teens at the Mount 2000, held at Mt. St. Mary’s Feb. 8th-10th.

Sr. Faustina will be in Columbus, OH to speak at the Women’s Conference on Saturday, Feb. 16th.

Come&See Retreats 

If you are interested in attending a Come&See Retreat, feel free to fill out the webform here and we will be in touch. https://www.sistersoflife.org/vocations

  • Spring C&S in New York will be held March 14-17
  •  C&S West in Denver (limited spaces) is from  April 4-7

GIVEN FORUM

The GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum will bring together young adult women from across the country for a multi-day forum. It is designed for young adult Catholic women seeking leadership training, faith formation, and support to better understand and pursue their particular mission and/or vocation. Apply here! https://giveninstitute.com/given-forum-2019/

Deadline is February 4th.  

 
Be assured of our prayers, in Christ, our Life,
 
Sr. Bethany Madonna

 

Columbia University & Barnard College

December 5, 2018 by  
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This week the Sisters of Life spent an evening with the students of Columbia University and Barnard College for prayer, a tour of campus and fellowship. What a gift! It was wonderful to see Jesus so alive in the students who are following Him. The evening included dinner with the men and women of CCM and a women’s night. The sisters shared their vocation stories and gave a talk on the beauty of being a daughter of the Father and how to receive the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Advent begins, it was a perfect way to come together and ready our hearts for His coming!

Louisiana

November 27, 2018 by  
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The Deep South welcomed our sisters with open arms as we flew into New Orleans and made our first stop at Xavier University—a college founded by St. Katherine Drexel. We were overjoyed to walk the grounds where Mother Drexel prayed and met amazing students.

The next four days were spent among the “Rajun Cajuns” of the University of Lafayette. What a joy! Sr. Bethany spoke at the Catholic Center’s monthly “501” Series, with a talk entitled “The Secrets of the Saints.” We also had the great gift of speaking to the teenagers of Our Lady of Wisdom parish about the Charism of Life and shared vocation stories—God is blessing so many hearts with His love!

The Sisters hosted an event entitled, “Treasure in a Field: How Jesus sees you and leads you.” With 22 women in attendance, we discussed the beauty of our call to love and vocational discernment, joining one another in prayer and fellowship. It is clear God is blessing these precious and faithful souls!  

  

 

 

   

Minnesota

November 26, 2018 by  
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In late October, our Sisters traveled to the Midwest for fellowship and prayer with the teens and young adults of Minnesota. Spending our first two days at the University of St. Thomas, we gave talks on discernment, prayer and the Charism of Life, and felt awed by the goodness of those we encountered. Sr. Ann Immaculee, a graduate of St. Thomas, was able to share her vocation story in the very place she received abundant grace. We also spent an evening with St. Paul’s Outreach—a night of fellowship, prayer and formation. What a gift! We then enjoyed a day on campus at the College of St. Benedict’s in Collegeville, MN with Catholic students beautifully living their faith. And our trip concluded with an Archdiocesan Youth Day at in St. Paul with 1,200 teenagers in attendance. Sr. Bethany gave a talk during a breakout session to young women on the beauty of their feminine hearts and the radiating joy of chastity.

 

Washington, D.C. and more!

November 26, 2018 by  
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In early October, our Sisters had the joy of spending five days in the greater D.C. area. Speaking on Humanae Vitae during its 50th Anniversary, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia kicked our time off at Theology on Tap in Baltimore, Maryland. We were deeply edified by the receptivity and openness of those who attended. We spent the next day on campus at the University of Maryland with FOCUS missionaries and college students, attending a weekly mass and dinner put on by their Catholic Student Center. It is beautiful to see how God draws so many hearts to Himself!

We continued our time the following evening at George Washington University for a women’s night at the Catholic Center. Sr. Ann Immaculee gave a talk on the beauty of the feminine genius. Next was George Mason University where Sr. Faustina spoke on the vocation to love. With 100 students in the crowd, we were deeply moved by their “yes” to Him. Catholic University was next, and we enjoyed an afternoon on campus, getting to know the beautiful students striving for holiness in our nation’s capital. Our week was concluded with a Day of Recollection at our local convent in D.C. for young women—the day included talks on prayer and discernment, sharing a meal together and time for silence and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. God is working powerfully on the East Coast!

 

 

Central Florida

October 8, 2018 by  
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Sisters of Life take the Charism down south as they traveled the beautiful state of Florida! The heat was more than just the temperature— but the fire of the Holy Spirit! We began our trip in Gainesville, FL with the Students for Human Life Club on the University of Florida’s campus. Sr. Bethany Madonna spoke to 30 students about the gift of human life and ­­­­God’s plan for human sexuality. We were deeply moved by the fidelity and passion of the students, who led us through the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet outside of a local abortion clinic. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it!” (Jn 1:5) The next morning we were joined by 20 women at a “meet and greet” breakfast on campus, sharing the gift of consecration and the beauty of this call to love.

The grace continued as we traveled to the University of Central Florida for a day on campus with students from the Catholic Campus Ministry. What a joy to see such new life among the young adults in Orlando! Next stop: an hour south in Melbourne, FL where we met up with 200 young adults at a Young Adult Conference entitled, “God Speaks.” Our days in Melbourne included an evening with high school students at a Life Teen Mass and youth group at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, and a visit to Sr. Bethany’s alma mater, Melbourne Catholic High School, speaking to students of the goodness of the human heart and our capacity to live and love in accord with the truth. “God looked upon all He had made and saw that it was VERY good.” 

Sr. Therese Marie shares her vocation story at a Young Adult Conference

Sr. Bethany Madonna gives her vocation story at University of Central Florida

Sr. Ann Immaculee speaks about Charism of Life through the lens of the cross

Students for Human Life at University of Florida

FOCUS Day of “Re-Creation”

October 8, 2018 by  
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On September 22nd, the Sisters of Life and Franciscan Friars of the Renewal welcomed 23 FOCUS Missionaries to the Motherhouse for a Day of “Re-Creation”: a day to be renewed in Jesus, filled with His love and strengthened in the joy of community. The Holy Spirit certainly came down! Talks were given by the Sisters and Friars, along with extended hours of prayer, praise and worship, and fellowship with one another. Jesus is so pleased with His missionaries who are laboring in the vineyards of college campuses, and it is such a gift to be united with them in mission and desire!

Louisiana!

June 16, 2018 by  
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Sr. Faustina and Sr. Anastasia had the privilege of traveling to “Cajun Country” from April 4-9th, where they received a warm welcome from the beautiful people of Louisiana! They were invited to share the Charism of Life at a variety of events: a campus ministry night at Louisiana State University, classroom visits at a Catholic elementary school, a Mother-Daughter Tea event, an event for high school students at a local parish, and a Divine Mercy Procession in Baton Rouge. There were grace-filled encounters each day, as the Sisters spread God’s Merciful Love over Divine Mercy Weekend!  

Hoosier Catholic Week!

June 16, 2018 by  
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From Feb. 25th-Mar. 1st, Sr. Magnificat Rose, Sr. Lucia Christi, and Sr. Catherine Joy Marie, were invited to be a part of Hoosier Catholic Week at Indiana University–Sr. Lucia Christi’s alma mater! They were blessed to be able to give a talk at a Women’s Night, share vocations stories, meet with young women, and evangelize on campus with the FOCUS missionaries. Our Sisters also had the privilege of visiting Marian University, where they gave a talk on the Charism of Life to students. 

Richmond, VA

April 11, 2018 by  
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Sr. Bethany, Sr. Magnificat, and Sr. Catherine Joy Marie had the blessing of visiting Richmond, Va from February 8th-11th. Sr. Bethany was invited to speak at the College Summit and the Diocesan Youth Conference that the diocese of Richmond was sponsoring. The two conferences were going on simultaneously and it was a jam-packed weekend of grace! Sr. Bethany gave 2 keynotes to the 800 college students in attendance and 2 talks to the 1400 high school students, and Sr. Magnificat also gave a talk to the college women. Our Sisters also had the opportunity to visit the University of Virginia where they shared the Charism and a Vocation Story with the students. 

 

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