Through the Desert God Leads us to Freedom
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2024
In the Exodus account, there is a significant detail: it is God who sees, is moved and brings freedom; Israel does not ask for this. Pharaoh stifles dreams, blocks the view of heaven, makes it appear that this world, in which human dignity is trampled upon and authentic bonds are denied, can never change. He put everything in bondage to himself.
Let us ask:
- Do I want a new world?
- Am I ready to leave behind my compromises with the old?
Consecrated Life: celebration presided over by Pope Francis February 2, 2024
As part of the solemn celebrations for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, St. Peter’s Basilica will be the gathering point for members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. On February 2, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Holy Father Francis will take place.
This year's Celebration of Holy Mass will be enriched by the presence of participants in the International Meeting of Consecrated Women and Men in Preparation for Jubilee 2025. From Feb. 1 to 4, in fact, about three hundred representatives of the different forms of consecrated life will gather in Rome to reflect on the theme “Pilgrims of Hope on the path of peace.”
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 February we can click on the link below to read what the Junior Sisters from the LESOTHO Province shared.
Pope's February prayer intention: For the terminally ill
Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of February 2024, and invites everyone to pray for the terminally ill and their families.
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 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
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
Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly
of the Synod of Bishops
to the PEOPLE OF GOD
Vatican City, October 25, 2023
“The world in which we live, and which we are called to love and serve, even with its contradictions, demands that the Church strengthen cooperation in all areas of her mission. It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium” (Pope Francis, October 17, 2015). We do not need to be afraid to respond to this call. Mary, the first on the journey, accompanies our pilgrimage. In joy and in sorrow, she shows us her Son and invites us to trust.
And He, JESUS IS OUR ONLY HOPE! Click to read full letter
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)
‘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…
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.
“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.