Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

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Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

A Word from Mother M. Maximilia...

April 2015 – Seized By Love

I was a first semester senior in college when I turned twenty-one years old.  I remember the day vividly because my father showed up on the door step of the residence hall with a vase of red roses.  He had come unannounced and unexpected.  As I stood face-to-face with my father and the riot of red blooms between us, I was awed by the love that had moved him to travel great distances to deliver a bouquet of flowers that would last but a few days.  At that moment I felt seized by something that transcended us both.

…We feel very much in control life.  But does control make us happy?  Catholic author, Walker Percy, tells us that man feels most alive when he is confronted with the question of the meaning of his life.  He further states that this does not happen when he is comfortable, but when he faces circumstances that he cannot control.  This tells us something about man.  Fulfillment is not found in exercising dominion, but in an exchange of love.

An essential part of this exchange of love is the element of surprise – that sudden jolt of the unexpected or the quiet delight that steals into the heart when one is not looking.  The word “surprise” means to be seized or overtaken.  We resemble God in our capacity to be surprised because it means that we are open to others, open to a giving and receiving that has the potential for bringing something new into the world.

…This month we celebrate the great Solemnity of Easter, the Resurrection of the Lord!  The disciples were seized by the sheer wonder of Christ’s return, not as a biological fact, but as the event in which their hopes and dreams were saved.

Do not be afraid!  Blessed Easter!

   

 

Recent Events

  • 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...
  • A visit to Steubenville, Ohio,-Vocations night out at the sisters house at St. Clare Convent in Steubenville, October 10, 2014. Our sisters and 16 young women gathered together for an evening of prayer and fun. Read more here..
  

 

April: The Resurrection

A Word from Pope Francis...

"The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his Resurrection.  This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia.  It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth."  

Easter Vigil Homily, 2014