August 15, 2017
My Dear Sisters,
Peace and all good to each and every one! May God fill you with his peace on this beautiful day of Our Lady’s Assumption and may Our Blessed Mother keep you close to her heart and the heart of her Son.
I am grateful once again to speak with all of you in this way, telling you of my prayers for all of you and the thought of you that I carry with me each day. Most especially during the Feast of Our Holy Mother Saint Clare, I kept all of you close to my heart and offered special prayers to Saints Clare and Francis for all of your needs. Perhaps all of you also enjoyed reading our Minister General’s letter in which he encouraged us to “listen, discern, and act.” Let us all continue to listen to the ways that God is inspiring us to live out our vocation of prayer and love in community, discerning what he is asking us to bring to action in a new way.
One of the ways that God always asks us to “act” is that of living in gratefulness. Even – and perhaps especially – the most difficult aspects of our lives are reasons for abundant gratitude as He stretches our faith and brings us closer to himself in our poverty joined to his. Sometimes, however, God’s blessings are more obvious; since our last letter God has gifted us with 3 solemn professions: Sister Clare Marie Olson from Wappingers and Sisters Karen Stapleton and Nelia Acuna from Chesterfield. In addition, Sister Jane Sorensen of Great Falls celebrated her Golden Jubilee. Let us continue to pray for them. I ask you to keep in prayer Sister Mary Holy Spirit Rwlengera (Langhorne) who won this year’s drawing for the Assisi Scholarship that is so generously provided by our faithful Holy Name Brothers. She is eager to visit the places of Saints Francis and Clare and will be especially grateful that you accompany her in Spirit. I also hold closely in prayer those Sisters in formation and those whom the Holy Spirit is even now filling with the desire to give themselves to God completely as a Poor Clare, but who have not yet contacted us.
Regarding these “not yet” members, I was inspired, as I’m sure many of you were, by our monastery in Omaha who shared with us the news of their 4 new postulants, granted through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima and the Rosaries offered to her. Perhaps as a group we could do a similar intercession – a novena of Rosaries and prayers to Our Lady of Fatima for the intention of vocations. Even though her Feast day of May 13 has passed, we are still in the one hundredth anniversary year, and I am sure Our Blessed Mother would be delighted with our prayers and requests. I will e-mail to each monastery a copy of novena prayers that I found, in case you would like to use them. I hope that your community decides to make this novena; prayer is always more powerful when done together. As we all know, prayer and communion with Him is what is most desired by Our Father of Mercies, who has gifted us with our very beautiful and precious vocation, and is always the most effective means for fulfilling our needs.
May God bless you all and fill you with His peace!