It is with sadness that we share some news about Mater Redemptoris House of Formation.
We learned on May 18th that the Bishop is ending our ministry here at Mater Redemptoris. We will be leaving on June 30th, so we had to cancel our summer retreats. We were able to keep the Vocation Pilgrimage. The men's seminary formation program, called Regency, is moving into the house in the fall.
We thank you for your support, prayers, financial assistance and joy over the years! We have been honored to serve you, your daughters and families. May Our Lady hold you close and bring you to her Son. You are in our prayers. Please keep us in your prayers during this time of transition as well.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Especially with Lent here, this is a great time for this. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let the Father shine into your hearts so as to receive the gifts that He wants to bestow upon you during these 40 days. And in doing so, grow even deeper in your relationship with Jesus.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
"Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot parched from the earth; There was in him no stately being to make us look at him nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering accustomed to infirmity. One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed."
Isaiah 53:1-5I use to view suffering as a punishment from God. But this verse has helped me see that Jesus has already endured our suffering. We as Christians are called to take up our Cross daily and follow Him. If we unite our sufferings with His, the Lord can use that for the salvation of souls which is pretty incredible.
Mother Teresa said that when we are suffering Jesus is so close to us and He is kissing us. As we journey through Lent, let us ask the Lord to give us the courage to take up our Crosses.
Monday, April 1, 2019
"You will hear My voice, I claim you as My choice. Be still and know that I am here." "You are Mine" by David Haas, verse 1Many times, I get caught up in my own ideas, desires, or preferences, and this can make it difficult to hear God's voice. If someone gives me a critique or compliment and I focus all my energy on that, this too can become an obstacle to what the Lord is wanting to say to me. Yet, despite whatever obstacles that stand between me and Jesus, He always finds a way around them!
He lovingly confirms that I will hear His voice, that if He loves me as much as He has shown me, then He will not leave me to fend for myself! If I desire His will for me, He will make Himself heard. And not only will I "hear His voice" but I am being "claimed" as Christ's number one choice! He didn't have to choose me, but He did, because He knows all I can become when I am united to Himself. I am snatched from the devil, who would have claimed me instead!
"Be still and know I am here." These words are the only words that last. When I am jumping from one obligation to the next, when I am anxious or distressed, Jesus reminds me to pause, take a breath, and remember that everything doesn't have to, and will never, depend on me alone. Jesus is "jumping" with me and has everything under control. I have no need to worry!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
This Lent may I relieve the sufferings of of Christ by my extra acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and come to a deeper relationship with Him.