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Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

A Word from Mother M. Maximilia...

July 2015 - To Imagine Eternity

I love to read.  As a child, I spent many golden hours lost in the stacks of our neighborhood library.  The endless rows of books gave me the dizzying sense that the possibilities of this life were infinite.

While I was in high school, I would often sacrifice a night's sleep to read just one more page of the most thrilling story ever.  I vividly remember being spellbound by Betty Smith's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - so much so that I couldn't bear to put it down even when I could barely make out the words through my tears.

In his book, The Message in the Bottle, Walker Percy reflects that man's search for meaning is bound up with mystery.  In other words, man's desire is to discover the deepest things this life has to offer.  This life bears the promise of a life that does not end.

The mission of a good book is to give flesh and blood to this promise through a story that inflames the imagination with beauty.  A good book does not moralize.  It points to something beyond itself - it has a sacramental function, introducing the reader to the mystery of eternity in and through the things of this world.

At this point, I would like to mention a few of my favority books in no particular order.  Instead of describing the plot or critiquing the composition, I simply express here what they have taught me:

Our Town (Thornton Wilder) - The apparently mundane events of daily life are charged with glory.  Cooking dinner, celebrating birthdays, walking home from school - there is nothing we do here in this life whose maning does not extend into eternity.  Every moment bears within itself an infinite depth, an infinite weight.

The Odyssey (Homer) - The journey home is the longest journey.  This is true not only in terms of actual distance, but because of how the encounter with danger and novelty changes us.  To return home means to remember the truth about ourselves, in other words, that we are expected by someone who loves us.

The Portal of the Mystery of Hope (Charles Peguy) - Trust.  The sorrows of today are not the final word.  Our own expectations lead to disappointment, but hope in God leads to glory.

Happy summer and happy reading!

   

 

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  • Divine Mercy Sunday began with the joy of 19 Sisters renewing their profession of vows. See more here...  

  • On Sunday, March 22, Sr. M. Consolata arrived at St. George Convent in Tulsa, OK. The 4 Sisters in Tulsa were happy to have company, and looking forward to sharing in some vocation ventures with Sr. M. Consolata. Read more...

  • "Come if you love" - Veni Si Amas, took place March 13-15, 2015 with 17 women from around the country.  See more here...  
  • The annual March for Life took place on January 22nd.  Sisters from throughout the country traveled with various pilgrimages to pray for the end of abortion in our country.  See more here...
  • Fall Veni Si Amas Retreat - Our fall discernment retreat, October 24-26, 2014 was a huge success. We had many young women come and jon us for a weekend long visit. See more here...
  

 

July:  Mother M. Anselma

Living it out with Sister M. Anselma

              When I was a postulant, I remember learning about our spirituality and already loving our foundress, Mother M. Anselma Bopp.  I was so very moved by how God worked in her, drew her into the religious life, and founded our Community through her.  I am edified by her generous response to God through the complete gift of herself to Him.  I often remember her maxims: “The Lord has in everything He does a good intention,” and “Be a holocaust before God.  To fulfill the will of God, you entered the convent.”