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Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

A Word from Mother M. Maximilia...

June 2015 – Loving to the End

My mother was born above the 38th parallel in a land we know now as North Korea.  As a young child, she crossed the mountains with her mother and four siblings before the country definitively separated into a "North" and "South."  Unfortunately, for her, she was the middle child.  This meant that she was too big to be carried, but too small to endure the pace of travel.  At one point along the way, she was completely exhausted and refused to walk.  She sat down on the path with no thought of danger and death.  Her mother left her there...for a very long time.  And then she returned.  She forced my mother to walk.  My mother's life was saved by a love that demanded of her something she neither understood nor wanted.  Thank God.

In chapter 13 of St. John's Gospel, we hear that Jesus loved those who were His own, "to the end."  What do these words mean for us?  We often think of the end of a finish line or a limit.  In this case, the words of the Gospel would simply mean that the Lord loved us to His utmost, giving His very life for our sake.  To be loved in this way would already be enough, but there is more.  The word used for "end" in the orginal Greek is "telos," meaning the end for which a thing is made.  This is the language of destiny!  In the Latin translation of the Scriptures we are told that Jesus loved those who were His own "in finem," or literally, "into the end."  In both of these ancient languages, the word "end" has the meaning of fulfillment.  Jesus loves us in such a way that does not only concern His own end, but also ours.

In the case of my mother, she could not have possibly have known the perilous and desperate implications of refusing to walk.  Someone else had to understand this and intervene.  The love of another had to move her out of her unwillingness.  Someone had to save her.  Jesus does exactly this par excellence.  His love effects true change within us, making us what we should be.  In loving us to the end, He loves us into our end, into our destiny.  He secures for us what we are incapable of obtaining ourselves.  This is the love we celebrate during the month of the Sacred Heart.

Let us not be afraid!

   

 

Recent Events

  • A little past 9:00am on a Saturday morning found us welcoming Read more...

  • 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...
  

 

June:  The Sacred Heart

Our Spirituality:

Looking on Him Whom We Have Pierced

     Our Constitutions, #105:  “Our personal union with Christ is what makes possible our sharing in his humility. Our consecration, with him, to the Father is for the salvation of the world (see Jn 17:19).  Thus shall we also share in the glory of our risen Lord…

     For us the symbol of the paschal mystery is the pierced heart of our redeemer. Looking upon him and drawing from the fountain of salvation that is his pierced side, gives us inner unity in the various activities of our congregation and fidelity in our way of life."