Peace and blessings to all! I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful summer!
It was with great gratitude that we celebrated our Feast of our Holy Mother St. Clare this year – gratitude for all the blessings God has given us in our vocation and in our Sisters to share it with. I heard from some of you that your celebration also was a joy-filled event, uniting us in our appreciation for St. Clare and example she left us. The story of her transitus never fails to inspire and spur us on in our own pursuit of holiness.
Another reason for gratitude this summer was the Poor Clare Enrichment program: Br. Gilberto Cavazos- Gonzalez gave an excellent presentation on the Acts of the Process of Canonization of St. Clare, giving new insights and encouraging us to spend more time with this document, in order to plumb the depths of information and inspiration found there. The time spent with each other away from class was just as enriching and the hospitality of the Allegany sisters left us with many good memories. Thank you so much,
Srs. Charlene and Julie (NO) for all your efforts in making it happen!
Another “course” which I’m sure we are all studying at the moment is the Instruction Cor Orans. Thank you so much for the questions already received in advance of our September 30 deadline, as well as for those that are in process. Perhaps there has been some fruitful discussion within your monasteries of this document together with Archbishop Carballo’s July 11 commentary and other articles that were sent out, all of which should find us well-prepared for the September 18 webcast and subsequent Q&A session.
Let us continue to hold each other in prayer as we respond to the Spirit’s promptings to implement the document. I especially count on all your prayers and good wishes
as I try to fulfill what is being asked of us. Let us also offer our prayers of gratitude for another great example of the Lord’s and our Sisters’ faithfulness: Golden Jubilees for Sisters Judith Ann (GF), Kathy Ann Horvat (TR), Charlene (NO), and a Silver Jubilee for Sr. Mary Veronica McGuff (JP) and Sr. Teresa (Coroico). May God continue to bless all of you as you continue your journey of total self-giving. We are all so grateful for your witness. We also offer our congratulations and prayers to our 2 Assisi pilgrimage winners this year: Srs. Sharon Ratteree (TR) and Nelia Acuna (NJ).
May God bless them as they prepare for this wonderful experience of deepening their love and knowledge of Sts. Francis and Clare. Please pray for us, Sisters, when you visit the Holy places!
May God bless you all and fill you with his joy and his peace!