Our contemplatives at the Monastery of St. Edith Stein are once again offering Christmas cards with enrollment in their Christmas novena. See the four card options and how to request cards and enroll your friends and family for the Christmas novena.
The call to religious life is a great gift of grace. It belongs to the initiative of God and the free response of the soul. As St. John Paul II has said: “The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The […]
On this Feast of All Saints, we honor the vast crowd of holy ones in Heaven — those formally canonized and those known to God alone. This reality of the communion of saints reaches into our lives here below as we ourselves strive to become saints, uniting ourselves with Christ more and more every day […]
“Dear brothers and sisters, with great humility, do all that you can to show that the consecrated life is a precious gift to the Church and to the world. Do not keep it to yourselves; share it, bringing Christ to every corner of [your] beloved country. Let your joy continue to find expression in your […]
Before St. John Paul II became famous for his many international pastoral journeys and his “Theology of the Body” catechesis, Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978) had already been nicknamed the “pilgrim pope” for his historic travels beyond Europe and become a key champion of the defense of human sexuality and life with Humanae Vitae […]
As Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, also known by our name in Spanish, Servidoras, we are an institute of Catholic missionary sisters dedicated to prolonging the Incarnation of the Word through the evangelization of culture. We were founded in 1988 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, IVE and belong to the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. We wish to take seriously the demands of the Gospel in going "to make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:18) as modern missionaries. We seek to fulfill our religious vocation to be Spouses of Christ by living deeply the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. We wear a distinctive blue and grey habit as a sign of our total consecration to God and as a living symbol of the mystery of the Incarnation—blue representing the divinity of Christ, and grey the humanity of Christ. Our bright blue scapulars are also a way to honor the Virgin Mary, to whom we are consecrated in a fourth vow of Marian slavery of love according to St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. We take new religious names which are all titles of Our Lady as a way to keep her before us always as the model of our religious life and the sure guide to bring us always closer to her Divine Son. To sum up in the words of our foundational text (#7 of Constitutions): "We want to be founded in Jesus Christ who has come in the flesh (1 Jn 4:2), and only in Christ, and always in Christ. We want Christ to be in everything and in all, and all of Christ, because the Rock is Christ (Cf. 1 Cor 10:4.), and no other foundation can anyone lay (1 Cor 3:11)."
If you are discerning a vocation to religious life, you can come to know the Lord's will for you more easily by spending time in prayer and seeking out daily mass often. Try www.masstimes.org to help you find the schedule of masses close to your school or work. Mass in a quiet, out of the way chapel allows us to pause from our busy activities and to have the sacramental intimacy with Jesus in the Eucharist which is needed in order to hear what God is trying to say to us. This website also can show you where Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are available. Spending time in silence before Our Lord in the Eucharist is one of the most important parts of the the discernment experience. Servidoras and women religious throughout the Church can attest that it was there that He clarified, strengthened, and confirmed the plans He had for them.