April 13, 2018

Scoring for Vocations

Sister M. Xavier recently shared her story in Russia, OH and afterwards, she showed that she still has game!  

March 6, 2018

There's an app for that...

While many find vocational discernment to be a puzzle or a project, now there's an app for that!  While it's not a surefire easy fix, it does offer some great resources for prayer and discernment.  The tools include prayers, reflections, and meditations to deepen one's prayer life in preparation for saying 'yes' to wherever God calls.  Developed by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the app is free and available for iPhone and Android devices.  Visit this website to download it.

February 28, 2018

#ShareJesus Lenten Reflections

If you have not already done so, check out the #ShareJesus Lenten campaign.  Visit http://redeemedonline.com to sign up to have daily video reflections delivered to your email to help you enter more fully into this season.  

January 28, 2018

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

This week our sisters will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  Follow the links below to check out the wonderful school communities in which our sisters bring Christ's Merciful Love.

In the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois:
St. Mary's, Alton, IL
Marquette High School, Alton, IL

In the Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Alban Roe, Wildwood, MO

In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas:
St. James Academy, Lenexa, KS
Cure of Ars, Leawood, KS

In the Diocese of Peoria:
St. Matthew, Champaign, IL
The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign, IL
Alleman High School, Rock Island, IL
Jordan Catholic, Rock Island, IL

In the Diocese of Lincoln
St. Michael's, Hastings, NE
St. Cecilia's, Hastings, NE

In the Diocese of Tulsa:
St. Catherine's School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
(Check out this video featuring Sr. M. Margaret and her students.)

December 29, 2017

Two Thousand and More Candles on the Cake

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.

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

Undeserved Grace: Mercy and Advent

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...

"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