Prayers from Behind Bars

It’s that time of year when we have our Community retreats. Beginning yesterday half of the Sisters are “in retreat”; they are the “Marys”. The other half of us are the “Marthas” and we keep the monastery running for 8 days.  I always seem to have extra time during these days to catch up. Thank you Lord!

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This morning I have been “unburying” my desk of letters, cards, to-do notes, etc. In the midst of this I came across a Christmas card that had a powerful promise of prayers. I had set it aside to share with you all and well…here it is 4 months later!

This card is from a woman who works with the Institute on Religious Life. They do an excellent job fostering and strengthening vocations to Consecrated Life.

I wanted you to know that you have someone special praying for the Passionists. A prisoner named Richard has written to us in the past and told us that he and his roommate are living the monastic life – regular prayer, no TV and often silence. They are praying specifically for Passionists. I’m sure his prayers, given his environment, are very powerful. I pray that his sacrifices may in God’s mysterious ways, bring young women to your beautiful way of life. May Christ’s passion be always in our hearts.

Wow, what a powerful tribute to the power of Christ’s mercy and love.


2 thoughts on “Prayers from Behind Bars

  1. I tried to leave a comment on this post when you first published it. Glad you seem to have the bugs worked out.

    I think this story is testimony that the Cross is everywhere, but especially to those in most need of love.

  2. Sister,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. What great generosity that Richard has to pray for Passionist vocations, specifically to your community. I agree—Richard & his roomate’s prayers are powerful due to the contemplative atmosphere he has adopted. May he be a witness for Christ to others in the prison…

    May our good God richly bless & renew your Sisters on retreat, and may He give the “marthas” peace and joy in carrying out humble service to their Sisters.

    Praised be Jesus Christ!

    Sister M. Veronica, OSF


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