February 2011 Month of the Sacred Passion

+JMJ How appropriate that this month is dedicated to the Sacred Passion. Most think of Valentine’s Day when they think of February, the special day of saying “I love you.” Yet the history of the day is that of St. Valentine, martyr for the love of Christ during the early persecution of the Catholic Church. Yes, a time to reflect on love to the point of sharing in the Sacred Passion of Jesus Christ, who suffered for the love of each of us!

Suffering in our daily life pales in comparison to that of Jesus and of St. Valentine, yet how often we let our interior sufferings distract our appreciation of God’s love for us! Much to reflect upon in this month of the Sacred Passion…

February 2nd also is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, described in the Gospel of Luke 2:22-35. This day is celebrated in the Catholic Church as the World Day for Consecrated Life, instituted by in 1997 by Pope John Paul II in which all are asked to pray for Religious priests, brothers and sisters around the world. Click here for the prayer card:2011-wdcl-prayer-card

One year ago on February 2nd the 2nd story construction of our convent-home was begun… we are still awaiting its completion! What more can we say except, pray, pray, pray… as St. Paul says in Colossians 4:2 “Pray perseveringly, be attentive to prayer, and pray in a spirit of thanksgiving.” We give thanks to Almighty God for calling us to share in this time of interior sufferings as was await the completion of the construction of our convent-home. Some progress has been made as the photos will show. We also give thanks to the generous friends who have given us and continue to give us housing this past year! May the Lord bless them abundantly for their hospitality and kindness! We pray for our contractor and all the workmen on our convent-home, that the Lord may bless them in all their efforts in this difficult time of our world’s economy! We entrust all to the Lord’s Will and timing… may God be praised!

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