December 29, 2017
Two Thousand and more candles on the cake.
It's time to celebrate.
The birth of Jesus the
Babe in the manger,
With Mary and Joseph his father.
No King nor Ruler was told.
But Angeles sang to Shepherd's
Who were watching their herds.
Glory to God in the Highest
The Savior is born!
Make haste to Bethlehem this morn!
Lowly did they find Him!
In a manger did He lay!
Where Ox and Ass did stay.
Joseph stood by protecting!
While Mary His mother beamed with joy
Adoring her baby boy.
So CELEBRATE with TWO THOUSAND CANDLES and more!
For our Savior is knocking on the door!
I'm coming! I'm coming!
Prepare for my coming!
For my Birthday is coming on
- by Sr. M. Jessica
December 23, 2017
Check out Sr. M. Xavier's reflections on Mercy and Advent!
It is often said that God’s greatest attribute is mercy. In paragraph 277, The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “God shows forth his almighty power by converting us from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by grace.” God’s readiness to forgive, even our greatest sins, was best displayed on the cross when Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The Christian is one long journey of learning to receive the mercy God is constantly offering us. But what happens when your life seems too messy for His mercy to handle? That is when we can turn to the Saints for their help.
A beautiful gift of God’s mercy is that when He brought you into relationship with Himself through baptism and made you a partaker of the Divine Nature, He gave you friends to help you on your journey to Christian maturity. Not only does He give you people in this life to help you respond to grace in your life, but He has surrounded you with a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). This cloud of saints, all of whom are constantly asking God to help you, is made up of ordinary people like you and me. Some were doctors and lawyers, others business men, some kings and queens, shepherds and farmers, others stay at home moms, heroic soldiers, some educated and some who couldn’t read or write. Because of the vast diversity of Saints you can almost always find one who has been through the struggles that you are going through right now. In God’s mercy He allows the Saints to comfort you and lead you to Him. They do this not only by the life that they lived on earth but through their prayers for you right now! Your job is simply, you just have to seek out a relationship with them.
December 15, 2017
"This is the good news the prophets foretold:
The Savior will be born of the Virgin Mary."
(Antiphon for Midmorning Prayer)
The Gospel message is one for all seasons, but during Advent, it's ideal to meditate on it through the lens of the Incarnation. Check out the latest FSGM contribution to the "Advent like Nun other." #ShareJesus
December 10, 2017
October 21, 2017
My name is Thao-Vy Tran, and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised inEver since I was about eleven or twelve, I attended retreats at the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation, which was how I got to know our Sisters. Their exuberant joy and charism of “seeking to make the merciful love of Christ visible” attracted me to this community. I am so excited to be here, and to see how the Lord will work in my life.
. This past June, I graduated from Rochester, MN . I am an only child, and I
am very fortunate to have two amazing parents, Cuong and Hoa-Le, who instilled
in me the beautiful Catholic faith, and the seeds of discerning my vocation. Throughout
my life, I have enjoyed volunteering in multiple ways, such as playing piano
and organ for my church, as well as for my school and surrounding parishes. I
was also a volunteer barista at St. James Coffee, which is a Catholic
coffeehouse in Lourdes High School Rochester
that contains a chapel, and is a great place for evangelization! I also like to
write and make knotted cord rosaries. For the
past two summers during August, I took part as a Fiat team member for ,
which is a Catholic summer camp put on by the Diocese of Winona. There, I was
able to deeply encounter the merciful love of the Lord through Eucharistic
Adoration, and I was inspired to bring that love to others. It was then that
the overwhelming love of Christ engulfed me, and I knew I had and wanted to
say, “yes,” and give Him my fiat. Camp Summit
October 19, 2017
Hello! My name is Faith Becker and I am currently 20 years old. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Spencer.
Wisconsin. I milked alongside my parents,
Daniel and Bernice, and my siblings: Father Aaron (26), Alissa (24), Jessica
(18), Amber (13) and Joel (10). After graduating high school, the
Lord called me to the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where the
Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George ran the discernment house. It
was there that I realized that the Lord definitely placed in my heart the
desire to make the Merciful Love of Christ visible which just happened to be
the sisters charism! A few of my
hobbies are playing games like Ticket to Ride, pinochle, and any competitive
team sports. I enjoyed playing the piano with my mom in Church every
Saturday. My favorite pastimes are just
sitting around and talking with people.
We are all so different and have so many incredible stories to
tell! I am
excited to see what the Lord is going to do with me next on this great
adventure here in Alton, Illinois!
October 17, 2017
My name is Sabina Abbadessa. I am 24 years old and am from
As an only child I received an immense amount of love and attention from my Mom
(Sabina) and Dad, (Paul). I am so grateful that I was raised in a loving home
which afforded me the gift of a Catholic education. The greatest example of
this happened for me at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was here that
I first met our sisters. As a Catechetics and Theology student I was able to be
taught by one of the sisters. Wilmington Delaware
I also belonged to the women’s discernment household which this community advises. Through the encounters I had with the sisters on campus my heart was drawn deeper to the Lord, even after my graduation in 2016. Some of the hobbies which I enjoy include running, volleyball, singing and listening to music. I find a great comparison in sports to the spiritual life. The same perseverance an athlete uses to train is compatible to the continuous striving for holiness in our daily lives. As for singing, I have been able to praise the Lord with song throughout most of my life and it gives me great joy to continue this. I am so grateful the Lord has brought me this far in my discernment. I look forward to seeing how He will continue to form me in His merciful love, so that I too can bring this love to others.