Steven and I attended Christmas Eve Mass at the Capuchin St. Joseph chapel in Alamo, TX; and, much to the delight of Sister Luz and Sister Marta, I promised to send them copies of the photographs I took that evening. But time got away from me!
January 25, 2017
April 18, 2017
With so much going on in our daily lives, being that we’d undertaken a three-month training program that had us both exhilarated and exhausted, I could only work mentally on “the project for the Sisters”— that is, until I began in earnest here and there the second week of April when we graduated from the Texas Master Naturalist program.
Then, since the monthly Texas Tropical Trail monthly partner event was happening at the San Manuel Ranch on April 18, we agreed to stop by the Poor Clares’ monastery to deliver the booklets on our way home.
What a wonderful surprise to be greeted by Sister Betty who, soon after, called Sister Luz, Mother General, to speak with us instead.
“Have you visited the chapel yet?” asked Sister Luz.
“We’re going there next,” I smiled.
Sister Luz told us about their beautiful Easter service; and she invited us to their three o’clock Divine Mercy chaplet prayers, considering that we’d arrived in perfect time.
And, oh, the altar! I could’ve sat there for hours, immersed in peace and good.
April 22, 2017
Saturday afternoon we drove to the monastery for an impromptu visit with the Sisters.
Just days before, when we’d last spoken to the Sisters, we’d received a text (while still at the chapel) that our youngest granddaughter was in the midst of a medical crisis; so I’d requested prayers. And, within a couple of hours, Karina’s health had rebounded.
We wanted to personally thank the Sisters, but the gate to the monastery was locked; so Steven and I headed to the chapel instead.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when we entered. The chapel was empty except for us!
Were you waiting for us, dear God? How special to have you all to ourselves.
In one week’s time we’d been blessed with two afternoon delights at the chapel— the first to pray with others; the second, by ourselves.
We luxuriated in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and gave thanks and praise for all God’s blessings.
Good health, an abundance of gifts and talents shared with others, friendships with like-minded individuals, spiritual fulfillment— could we ask for anything more?
Prayers from St. Faustina’s writings
Healing… Jesus, may your pure and healthy blood circulate in my ailing organism; may your pure and healthy body transform my weak body; and may a healthy and vigorous life throb within me if it is truly your holy will (Diary 1089).
Hope… O my Jesus, my master and director, strengthen and enlighten me in these difficult moments of my life. I expect no help from people, all my hope is in you. I feel alone in the face of your demands, O Lord. Despite the fears and qualms of my nature, I am fulfilling your holy will and desire to fulfil it as faithfully as possible throughout my life and in my death. Jesus, with you I can do all things. Do with me as you please; only give me your heart and that is enough for me (Diary 650).
Intercession… O Jesus, you inspired St. Faustina with profound veneration for your boundless mercy. Deign, if it be your holy will, to grant me, through her intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray (state petition). My sins render me unworthy of your mercy; but be mindful of St. Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present to you through her intercession.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be….
Thanksgiving... O Jesus, eternal God, I thank you for your countless graces and blessings. Let every beat of my heart be a new hymn of thanksgiving to you, O God. Let every drop of my blood circulate for you, Lord. My soul is one hymn in adoration of your mercy. I love you, God, for yourself alone (Diary 1794).
Mary, mother of mercy, help us always to have this trust in your Son, our redeemer. Help us too, St. Faustina, whom we remember today with special affection. Fixing our weak gaze on the divine savior’s face, we would like to repeat with you: “Jesus, I trust in You!” Now and for ever. Amen (St. John Paul II).
April 25, 2017
I want to be a woman whose faith in God’s promises holds no matter how long there is no visible evidence of it— a woman who uses her voice to bring hope to the weary and to rejoice with those who rejoice. I want to proclaim God’s goodness and faithfulness steadily, with great joy, regardless of what the world around me looks like— because, when it is darkest, that is when my voice is most needed (Colleen C. Mitchell in Who Does He Say You Are?).
Links of interest… Alamo, TX: Capuchin Poor Clares / quiet place for prayer / St. Joseph & St. Rita Monastery (more)… Blessed Sacrament prayers… Catholic Harbor of faith & morals (index of saints)… Cloistered nuns want to pray for you… Eucharistic adoration… Fatima & Divine Mercy are eternally linked… How Jesus makes heaven present to us today (Fr. Romano Guardini: Meditations on the Christ)… No mercy without conversion… St. Faustina: about / prayers (all occasion – Eucharist – intercessory – thanksgiving)… St. John Chrysostom (hourly)… Visits to Jesus in the tabernacle: Hours & half-hours of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament (Lasance, 1898)… What is Divine Mercy (chaplet – devotion – novena)… the Word among us…
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