Be totally changed into Fire

     Recently we came upon a thread on a vocation blog about the Passionist Nuns that had some erroneous statements. This is not the first time we have heard about this. In response Mother Catherine Marie, through the inflow of the Holy Spirit, wrote some articles to address these misunderstandings. She wrote these within just a few days! Amazing… Gradually, I am posting these here on the blog under the section on Monastic Musings. But until then I invite you to go to our website and read “Mother’s Notebook”. Leave a comment and let us know what you think! (Update January 2009 – All the articles have been posted here on the blog under Passionist Nuns in the Monastic Musings section.)

     I pray Mother’s little treatise on Passionist life will make known the truth about our rich – hidden – mysterious vocation, bring greater glory to God and an increase in number of courageous and magnanimous postulants to all our Passionist monasteries!  “May they become living flames of crucified love for a world grown cold toward God.” ~ St. Paul of the Cross speaking of his “daughters of the Passion”.

 

And I close with one of my favorite Words from the Desert Fathers….

     Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do?

     The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. He said: Why not be totally changed into fire?

 

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5 thoughts on “Be totally changed into Fire

  1. Dear Sisters,

    Thanks for placing “Mother’s Notebook” online. I learned so much about your type of cloister, and your habit, such as that they are blessed. What a joy your mornings must be as you put it on knowing that each piece has real meaning. I recently attending a retreat where I learned how to pray the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa, so it was also educational to read about the Septenary. Your vocation is so rich and how lucky you are to have total focus on Our Lord all day long with no worldly distractions. Thank you for praying for us.

  2. Some people see religious life (particularly the contemplative life) as a running away from the world, and perhaps a sign that anyone living this life has perhaps not been able to succeed in the “real world”. Myself, I see a contemplative monastery as a powerhouse of prayer, and the world has more need than ever of your life and prayers—-prayer can help anyone, anywhere. It transcends distance, no matter how far.
    A sinner like myself relies on you and all the other religious in the world,to pray for me when I can’t do this for myself (severe depression makes me feel unworthy of God’s love.)
    I found “Mother’s Notebook” a great introduction to your way of life (I’m glad that some people’s mis-information has been clarified)
    I read this blog regularly——please pray that God will heal me, or give me the strength to endure.
    Love and prayers to all of you. God bless you.

  3. Dear Sisters,

    ‘Mother’s Notebook’ is a wonderful resource, as is this blog. May the Lord bless you with many vocations.

    Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi sit semper in cordibus nostris,

    Br. Rupert O.Praem

  4. Olá Irmãs! Quanto tempo não lhes escrevo!
    Tenho sempre acompanhado suas postagens, que estão cada vez mais lindas e profundas! Todas vocês estão no meu coração! Conto com suas orações! Na Trindade,
    Daniela

  5. I liked to read the “Mother’s Notebook”!
    Congratulations for the clarity of the text and beautiful explanation of your life. God bless you!:)

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