Jesus Be More in Our Hearts

02-25-2018The Sisters Corner

Lent is a special time of conversion and an opportunity to be open to God’s love and to His grace so that He can transform our lives more towards Him.

In all our communities around the world, our community prays the Rosary of Via Crucis as a special way for us to accompany Jesus during this time of Lent and to learn the path of love that he has drawn for us.

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Young Killers

02-25-2018Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

After yet another mass murder, we find ourselves grappling to find answers to why this happens and how to prevent it. So far, we have employed a strategy that insulates us from the effects of a would be terrorist, assassin or mass murderer. After 9/11 we came up with the TSA to screen out the less than one percent of travelers bent on using a plane as a weapon. In our schools we have trained staff and students in disaster drills and now how to respond to an active shooter situation. We have also mandated seat belts and airbags in vehicles to protect against among other dangers, drunk drivers. But none of these strategies, while they may reduce harm, get to the heart of the problem.

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The Lord, the Source of Our Vocation

02-18-2018The Sisters Corner

As a community, almost every year we have our spiritual exercises where we recharge our strength in the Lord and in His love. Sometimes we do it on our own but the majority of the time we participate as a group.

This year, 70 sisters, in all, from different countries had the opportunity for this beautiful encounter with the Lord. This was a very enriching experience for both Sr. Veronica and Sr. Stephanie, who had the opportunity to attend.

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Colluding with Dictators?

02-18-2018Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Our beleaguered leader is really taking it on the chin these days. His election was a surprise to many, and many long for the days of his predecessor. The bureaucracy actively works against him and seems to dog him at every step. He is accused of colluding with the worst kind of dictator and even compromising with a foreign power. In fact, he has been accused of being a dictator himself. Grant it, some of the things he says leave people scratching their heads and his administration running to explain what he said. Every major news outlet from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal has recently editorialized against him and questioned his decisions. Does he deserve to be judged so harshly? I think not, which puts me in the minority position.

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Unshocked

02-11-2018Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The great question to us is whether we are still capable of being truly shocked or whether it is to remain so that we see thousands of things and know that they should not be, and must not be, and that we get hardened to them. How many things have we become used to in the course of the years, of the weeks and months, so that we stand unshocked, unstirred, inwardly unmoved.

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Pope Francis in Peru

02-11-2018The Sisters Corner

When Pope Francis, traveled to Peru in early January, I, Sr. Maria Cristina, had the opportunity to go for two weeks to a conference for priests and religious sisters in my hometown.

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Look at This!

02-04-2018The Sisters Corner

As many of you already know, Sr. Maria Gracia and Sr. Alejandra returned to Lima-Peru in order to complete their formation time. They returned with many good experiences and are so thankful for the warm reception and hospitality they received while they were here with us...Thank you all so much for that!! 

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Texting Too Much?

02-04-2018Fr. John's LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

You are probably familiar with the infamous text messages of the two FBI employees that were found, lost, and found again. Reportedly, there were 50,000 messages between November and June. Wow, that’s a lot of texting even for two people having an intramural extra-marital affair. That works out to about 25,000 texts sent and 25,000 responses. That would be, without counting sleep hours, one text and response about every eight or nine minutes, every day for five months.

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