Living in Community

03-31-2019The Sisters Corner

Love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34

During this time of Lent God has been talking to our hearts through His Word and showing us how to love others, especially those who are around us: families, friends and communities. We learn to be merciful and to show God’s gestures of love in every moment.

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One Toke over the Line

03-31-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Now that Mueller Madness is over, we can all go back to ordering Russian dressing on our salads or even extra Russian dressing on those corned beef specials. One thing that always gets my goat about prosecutors is that they often take it a step too far, they just can’t seem to help themselves. Mueller did it by writing in his report that he couldn't find the evidence to bring an obstruction of justice charge but he wasn't exonerating the President either. A statement like that is over the line, unprofessional, unethical and defamatory. But prosecutors do it all the time, Mueller is no exception. It’s just their way of twisting the knife.

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Too Much Trash

03-24-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

It took Christians about 300yrs to convert the Roman Empire and become the dominate culture and ethics of the Empire. It took the Religion of Recycling a little over 20yrs to convert approximately 75% of trash making Americans to its doctrines and precepts. The high conversion rate to the Religion of Recycling surprised even its most ardent supporters and most managers of local municipalities. Many parents and all schools have indoctrinated their children with the morality of recycling, hands down in a far superior way than Christian morality was ever taught. Many cities even check your blue bin to shame you into compliance. If it is filled with proper items you get a star on your bin, if not you get an excommunication notice. Behavior modification at the refuse level! But there is a big crack in the foundation of the Religion of Recycling catechism.

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Yes, Lord!

03-24-2019The Sisters Corner

Tomorrow we will be celebrating the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special occasion to listen to the voice of God that calls each one of us to a specific vocation. And probably for some of you, it will be an occasion to renew your answer to the Lord in the path that He has already called you to live in.

Before we join the community, we have a time of discernment; which can take up to at least one year. It is a special time to listen to the voice of God that speaks always to our hearts and helps us with His grace to discover what we are made for, who we are. After that time, we go for a month to a communitarian experience in Lima, Peru to confirm our true call.

This year we have one girl from the U.S that is discerning her vocation with us. Her name is Anna. She is from Denver, Colorado and she is living now in our house in Arizona. This coming June she will go to a communitarian experience in Peru where she will join other girls from different countries. We ask you to pray for her in this time of discernment, so she may be opened to the voice of God and to His Plan for her.

The Ghost of Molly Malone

03-17-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The snakes are back in Ireland. Folklore tells us that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland in his day. Ireland, mainly because of its climate and detachment from the mainland has no native snake species. But that didn't stop people from importing them and keeping them as pets. And as we are seeing happen in Florida so too in Ireland, the fascination with these reptiles fades and people tend to get tired of taking care of them, they grow too large, become too expensive to care for or they escape their cages and these former pets start showing up in the wild and not so wild places. Unicorns make much better pets.

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Let's Sort it Out

03-10-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Any time we worship anything other than God we dance around the altars of Baal, a false god. The more we do the more frantic we become and the more we begin to hurt ourselves. Sounds like addictive or compulsive behavior to me. That is exactly what happens when we substitute a material thing for God. We will dance around it more and more frenetically until we start to harm ourselves. Witness an addiction to a drug: the thing we convinced ourselves would help us turns around and begins to harm us.

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Lord, print your image on us

03-10-2019The Sisters Corner

This is the first Sunday of Lent. And Jesus invites us to put our lives more in Him, living

more with our eyes fixed on God who gave Himself for each of us. He shows us how much He loves us and we are called to love others. We have a special devotion to the Holy Shroud of Turin. When we join the community and we make our first promise, we receive a

medal of the Holy Shroud. For that day, we prepare our hearts and study of the Holy Shroud through the medical, scientific

and historical investigation. Later we present that work to the Sisters in the Formation Center.

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La Alegría en el Señor School

03-03-2019The Sisters Corner

During the last couple of weeks, you probably have heard that we are organizing a Mission Trip to Lima - Peru. We are going to serve in a school called: La Alegría en el Señor (The Joy in the Lord).

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The Enemy of my Enemy...

03-03-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Sometimes help comes from unexpected sources… Recently some members of the AZ Legislature put forth a bill that would have basically repealed all the restrictions on abortion in AZ that we had worked to put in place over the last 44 years, including the mandate to provide life giving care to infants who survive an abortion. The proposed bill came up pretty quickly, which was by design to catch us off guard and ram it through stealthily. Fortunately, within 48 hours the Pro-life Community organized and hundreds of people showed up for the Committee Hearing. Because of that effort, the Bill died in committee! The Catholic Pro-life contingent was well represented but so was a good contingent of Mormons. Who could have imagined back in 1973 after Roe v. Wade was forced upon the country that Catholics and Mormons would be working together to defend the sanctity of human life? Even though our theology and ecclesiology are not exactly on the same page, both Catholics and Mormons understand first principles and why they must be defended before

all else.

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