Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Saint for America, St. Marianne Cope

Saint Marianne Cope, January 23rd

St. Marianne Cope born in Germany in 1838, arrived at the age of two in New York and in August 1862, entered the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. Today this community of Sisters, presently called Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann communities, continue their work of teaching and nursing.  During her religious life, Mother Marianne served as novice, superior of their hospital in Syracuse and Provincial in 1877.

She is best known today for her ministry to leprosy patients in Hawaii. In 1883, the Hawaiian government sent a request to over 50 religious communities in the United States and Canada asking assistance in Kakaako, a receiving station, for people suspected of leprosy.  In those days this disease was considered incurable and very contagious.  St. Marianne was one of seven sisters who volunteered to staff this institution. In 1888 St. Marianne and two of her sisters then went to the island of Molokai where she took charge of the home that St Damien de Veuster had established for men and boys. Her ministry on Molokai lasted until her death on August 9, 1918.

For more information on this Saint for our times, visit the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This week January 18th - 25th, is a week dedicated to prayer for all christians to unite in Christ.  Christ's prayer at the Last Supper was "that they all may be one, as you Father, and I are one." (John 17)

Perhaps this week as we pray for unity, may we recognize the desire of christians to follow Our Lord.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to lead all to the fullness of the Truth of Christ, and to give us the strength to seek unity, to establish peace on earth.  This peace will only be found in following the call of God, and recognizing His Truth.

Prayer for Unity

Lord Jesus Christ, at Your Last Supper, You prayed to the Father that all should be one.  Send Your Holy Spirit upon all who bear Your name and seek to serve You. Strengthen our faith in Yu, and lead us to love one another in humility.  May we, who have been reborn in one baptism, be united in one faith under one Shepherd. Amen.  (from Ut Unam Sint, Pope John Paul II)

For more information on the Prayers for Christian Unity for 2013, visit the USCCB.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Let Us Adore Him

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (2:10). It is the joy of one whose heart has received a ray of God’s light and who can now see that his hope has been realized—the joy of one who has found what he sought, and has himself been found." (Infancy Narratives, Pope Benedict, XVI)

Epiphany is the manifestation of Christ to all mankind.  Even as an Infant, Christ was drawing all to Himself, calling all, even those who were not from Israel  to oneness in Himself, a unity of love that binds us closer to Him and one another.   
Am I following the star that leads to Christ?  To the light of His Truth?
Come Let us Adore Him!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Attention Disciples of Christ!

In this Year of Faith, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a nation wide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice.
Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protection of religious liberty.

This call to prayer is prompted by unprecedented challenges to the church and the nation, particularly the HHS Mandate and current trends in government and culture toward redefining marriage.
The goal of this call to prayer is twofold: 1) to increase awareness of these challenges and 2) to build spiritual stamina and fortitude among the faithful so that we can be effective and joyful witnesses of faith, hope, and charity and agents of the New Evangelization.

Beginning on the Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty has five components:

  • Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in cathedrals and parishes
  • Daily Rosary by families and individuals
  • Special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses
  • Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays
  • A Fortnight for Freedom in June/July 2013

Join the Movement!
Pray for our nation. Pray for life, marriage and religious liberty.