I am Sr. Stephanie, I'm from Perú and I am very happy to now be here in Tempe, to serve His Plan and His Mission here and to get to know you.
I'm very grateful that God has chosen me to be His Servant. It has been 9 years since I answered the lovely Call of God.
I had never thought of being a nun, but in my heart I yearned to give my life to people in need. I discovered when I attended a social project for helping poor children that my heart was made to love God through not just one or two people. He was calling me to love Him through all His sons and daughters. The Voice of the Lord hasn’t disappeared from my heart even as the years pass. His Voice continues to call me everyday in many ways: in the people that I encounter, in my sisters of community, and in many situations of a common day. That makes me very happy and it makes me want to love Him more and to follow His steps wherever He takes me. He has given me more than I could have ever imagined!
This week we welcome our fifth and final Servant of the Plan of God: Sr. Stephanie Collins Salazar. Now we have five of a kind. We just keep winning and winning! Getting sick of winning yet? Sister Stephanie is a native of Lima and was a bit delayed in coming, as she was finishing up her University studies. Sister left South America on the first day of Fall and arrived up here just in time for Spring. Lucky her, she missed a winter! She also escaped the torrential rains and heavy mudslides that are causing chaos in Peru. In fact, some of the Sisters had to be evacuated from their convent and move in temporarily with another convent in Lima. Additionally, the town where Sr. Maria Christina is from, Trujillo, has been especially hard hit by mudslides and is affecting her family there. So keep the people of Peru in your prayers.READ MORE
The President of the United States announced a change in U.S. Policy towards Refugees, specifically those fleeing a totalitarian regime. If such people arrive on our shores, they will be deported, sent back to their homeland, no matter that they risked their lives to get here and would face severe punishment upon return to their country of origin. That policy change took effect on January 12, to be specific, and was directed at Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the US illegally. It was issued by then President Obama. There was so little freak-out, no ACLU rushing to Federal Court to halt the order. Fast-forward a few weeks to a new president and a new refugee policy, and all hell breaks loose.READ MORE
2017 is the new 1970 or maybe a 1970's Redux? I am starting to feel like I should put on a Leisure Suit and head out to the disco. The elementary school I attended was a brand new building and included a Fall-out shelter, to which we dutifully were marched to prepare for the inevitable nuclear bomb that Russia was going to drop. By the late 70's when Ronald Regan was running for president I remember hearing that it would be extremely dangerous to give such an unstable person the codes to the nuclear arsenal. I voted for Carter just to be safe.READ MORE
Being a Servant of the Plan of God… I’m so thankful for God because when He looked at me, He chose me to be a Servant of the Plan of God. I had always wanted to give my life for the needy, especially for those I saw on the street and for the ones who were sick. Growing up I discovered that there were also people who suffer in a spiritual way. I realized that Jesus was inviting me to carry not only my cross, but also the cross of others. Then I met the sisters. It was beautiful for me to see that they have my same desires. Now I can say that I’m extremely happy being with Jesus and a part of His mission in the Servants of the Plan of God.
A good place to start our Lenten Journey is with a reflection on the Seven Deadly Sins and praying for a desire to replace those habitual temptations with new habits inspired by the virtues that counteract these sins.READ MORE
Can you believe Lent is here already? It seems like not that long ago I was decorating a Christmas tree! Time waits for no one and that is why it is important to make a mindful commitment now to not let this Lenten season pass you by. It is a great time to focus on growing as an everyday steward. The temptations are always there to procrastinate or to give in to spiritual laziness, but the Church's observation of Lent offers us so many tools to help us get on track. Increased devotions such as Stations of the Cross, various parish missions, or Lenten-focused literature are all gifts that your parish may be offering to assist you in this season.READ MORE
It is an immense display of God´s mercy for me, that God has called me to be a Servant of the Plan of God. Since I was little I always had a great desire to be very close to Jesus. To be a missionary, able to transmit to all people His love. In a world that seeks to eliminate the external signs; He gave me this vocation and the opportunity to wear a habit. Showing with my presence that God exists, that He is alive and that He is the answer to our deepest desires of happiness. He also has given me sisters with the same desires of our hearts. As we support each other to reach our common goal of attaining eternal life in heaven with Him and thus helping many people to be saved.
Sr. Maria Jose