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Pope's May prayer intention: 'Formation of men and women religous'

Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of May: For the formation of men and women religious and for seminarians. In his video message, the Pope emphasises the ongoing development of their vocations through grace, prayer, community, and witness to the Gospel.

HOLY CROSS JUNIOR SISTERS THROUGHOUT THE FOUR CONTINENTS SHARE WHAT IT MEANS FOR THEM AS YOUNG RELIGIOUS WOMEN LIVING COMMUNTIY LIFE TODAY

Through our online workshops with our Junior Sisters during 2023 we had several inputs given by Sr Tosca Ferrante, Dr. Jessie Rogers and Sr Glenda Valesca. These inputs focused on Community Life steeped in the Gospel, a call to live fidelity and faithfulness and caring for our relationships – a real journey towards authenticity.

As part of the Junior Sisters ongoing formation and remaining with the material given, we asked them to share with us what does it mean for them to live a life of fidelity in community today?

During the forthcoming months of 2024 we will post their reflections on our webpage:

For April we can click on the link below to read what the Junior Sisters from the North Indian Province shared.

Together we journey and achieve much for the kingdom of God.

 

Pope: Education is an act of hope for a better society

In a message addressed to participants in a conference in Madrid on the Church’s commitment in education in Spain, Pope Francis highlights the importance for Catholic institutions to ensure that education is accessible to all. By Lisa Zengarini

Everyone has the right to education

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2024-02/pope-education-is-an-act-of-hope-for-a-better-society.html

In his message Pope Francis welcomed the initiative,  and highlighted the importance for Catholic institutions to ensure that education is accessible to all: “Everyone has the right to education, no one should be excluded, “ he said.

As a response to Pope Francis'  message Sr. M. Finbarr Coffey shares her experience...click here to read more...

2024 - Year of Prayer

After the year devoted to reflecting on the documents and studying the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has proposed that 2024 should be marked as a year dedicated to prayer. In preparation for the Jubilee, dioceses are invited to promote initiatives to remind people of the centrality of both individual prayer and community prayer. One idea might be for “pilgrimages of prayer” to be organised at a diocesan level – these would be effectively courses or ‘schools of prayer’ with monthly or weekly meetings, presided over by the local bishops, but open to the entire People of God. In addition, to help mark this year more fruitfully, the Dicastery for Evangelisation will publish a series of “Prayer Notebooks”, with material taken from the many forms of prayer to be found in the rich Catholic tradition.

"PRAYER REFLECTIONS"

  • Prayer today: a challenge to overcome preface: Pope Francis by Angelo Comastri
  • Praying with the Psalms : Gianfranco Ravasi
  • The prayer of Jesus : Juan Lope Vergara
  • Praying with Saints and Sinners : Paul Brendan Murray
  • Parables on prayer : Antonio Pitta
  • The church in prayer a monk
  • The prayer of Mary and the Saints : Catherine Aubi

 

 
 
‘Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future; therefore, you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.’J O’ Donohue

 

On the journey of our life it is important to be aware of what has happened and what is happening within us: the experiences that have marked us, the failures that have hurt us, the moments that have motivated us but also the beliefs that help us to move forward with passion, the places we prefer to hide and mask our weaknesses, everything that inhabits us and gives meaning to our lives… Read real LIFE experiences…

Season of Creation... Let Justice and Peace flow

“A mighty river” is the symbol chosen to go with this theme, representing biodiversity at risk. The urgency grows and we must make visible peace with Earth and on Earth, at the same time that justice calls us to repentance and a change of attitude and actions. When we join the river of justice and peace together with others, it creates hope instead of despair.

We are invited to join the river of justice and peace on behalf of all creation and to converge our individual identities, of name, family or faith community, in this greater movement for justice, just like tributaries come together to form a mighty river.  

Prophet Isaiah proclaims “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43: 19) 

 

A Pastoral Reflection

  • ...that aims to promote a common reflection on Christians’ engagement with social media, which has become ever more a part of peoples’ lives. 
  • Inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan, the document aims to initiate a common reflection to foster a culture of being “loving neighbors” also in the digital sphere.
  • In the social media context, where individuals are often both consumers and commodities, this Pastoral Reflection searches for a faith-filled response. 
  • This response begins with being discerning regarding the stimuli we receive and being intentional listeners. 
  • Attentiveness, together with a sense of belonging, reciprocity, and solidarity are the pillars for building a sense of community that should ultimately strengthen local communities, capable of becoming drivers of change. 
  • Becoming “weavers of communion” through the creativity of love, we can envision new models built on trust, transparency and inclusion, learning to be present in God’s style and bearing the mark of witness. 

https://www.uisg.org/en/news/Towards-Full-Presence

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” W Berry

As Sisters of the Holy Cross, we commit ourselves to being co-creators that embrace God’s creation, and in solidarity we take measures to live sustainably, to promote justice, mercy and equality (Chapter Message 2019). 

As we strive to work together to make a difference, we unite ourselves in solidarity with religious women and men globally to ‘Sowing Hope for the Planet’ UISG Campaign.  

Follow link : https://www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org/

 

Mother Bernarda Heimgartner

"Expect much, yes, all from God"

 

We invite you to join us as we begin our nine-day novena prayer journey with Mother Bernarda Heimgartner, as we anticipate her 200th year of birth.  We pray for the world, we pray for all those who have asked for our prayers and we pray for our own personal intentions.

Mother Bernarda intercede for us... Amen 

To access the novena prayer in several languages click here... 

What is the Creation Care Prayer Network?
The Creation Care Prayer Network is a network of communities committed to the healing of our common home. The network is connected through prayer and Eucharistic adoration and warmly welcomes religious and lay contemplative communities.
Time to act...
you are invited to join the care of the creation prayer network by registering on the link...https://laudatosipray.org/

"With a Contemplative Spirit :

Create - Liberate - Transform"

The Church of God is convoked in Synod.

With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to question itself on synodality: a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church. This site will accompany the two-year journey (2021-2023) of reflection and sharing of the whole Church. 

https://www.synod.va/en.html...

"By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission."

The Jubilee Prayer

Father in heaven, may the faith you have given us in your son, Jesus Christ, our brother, and the flame of charity enkindled in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, reawaken in us the blessed hope for the coming of your Kingdom. May your grace transform us into tireless cultivators of the seeds of the Gospel. May those seeds transform from within both humanity and the whole cosmos in the sure expectation of a new heaven and a new earth, when, with the powers of Evil  vanquished, your glory will shine eternally. May the grace of the Jubilee reawaken in us, Pilgrims of Hope, a yearning for the treasures of heaven. May that same grace spread the joy and peace of our Redeemer throughout the earth. To you our God, eternally blessed, be glory and praise for ever. Amen