“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
Lord, in the sincerity of my heart, I offer myself to You this day, to be Your servant forever, to serve You, and to become a sacrifice of perpetual praise to You. –St. Therese of Lisieux
Live each day as though it’s your first. If we live each day full of wonder and appreciation while discovering a genuine sense of joy, I believe that motivation for our truest passion would be more likely to present itself…I would argue that we can deal with day-to-day routine and responsibilities while pursuing our passion. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Leanne Delle, Writer and Registered Nurse
What need can you help meet today? Who can you walk with in their time of joy or pain or loss? Try today to recognize a place where your gifts meet someone’s need and stay until the need is gone.
Nick Stein, YAM Summit in Washington, DC
From May 6-9, we recall the anniversary of the death of our founder, Josephine Potel.
In her short two years as leader and inspiration of ‘’Good help to those in need’’ she began the health care mission that serves to this day and has expanded beyond the imagination of those first sisters.
She and her sisters would work in the midst of and close to the disinherited of this world and those of greater means, and she would speak to others of God by the living sermon of her example and selflessness.
The first Sisters of Bon Secours braved public opinion and dedicated themselves in the world to the care of the sick; where their only safe guard would be their modesty and where God alone would oversee their actions.
We pray to Josephine to open our hearts, enlighten our minds, and support our efforts to be radically available as we strive to address and alleviate the poverty and illnesses that ravage our world today.
When she died there were 48 professed Sisters and 20 Novices to continue the ‘’Good Help’’ she initiated. We implore you, Josephine to encourage us to believe, hope, pray for and work toward enabling many women to follow and serve the Healing Mission of Jesus as Sisters of Bon Secours.
Our Daily Reflection comes from Sisters of Bon Secours Sr. Rita Thomas who is celebrating 75 years of being a sister. She says, “Religious life is not a higher calling than other states of life, but persons called to this lifestyle minister together with others in a common cause and give witness to God’s presence in the world. It is one way to live out your baptismal commitment. I would recommend it to anyone. Listen! If you hear the call and respond, it will change your life.”
From “Silhouettes – Personal Reflections of Sisters of Bon Secours USA”
Lord we pray that each one of us will be gifted with a respect for all of God’s creation and an awareness of the richness bestowed upon each of us.
Bless us with an open mind, a listening ear and a helping hand in all our encounters.
Sisters of Bon Secours Prayer book, “Wake Up the World”
Pope Francis requests praying the rosary for world peace during May
We join in solidarity with Pope Francis, on May 1, 2018 who asks all to join him in praying the rosary during May for world peace, especially in Syria. He made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love to initiate the rosary for May. Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Message on Rosary for World Peace given by Pope John Paul II on Sept. 29, 2002
Joyful Mysteries – Mary Queen of Peace
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. The rosary is a contemplative view of the face of Christ carried out, so to speak, through Mary’s eyes. Therefore, it is a prayer that is at the very heart of the Gospel, and is in full harmony with the inspiration of the Second Vatican Council …. It is necessary that the Church “go into the deep” of the new millennium beginning with the contemplation of the face of Christ.
2. I wish to entrust once again the great cause of peace to the prayer of the rosary. We are faced with an international situation full of tensions, of incandescent dimensions. In some parts of the world, where the confrontation is stronger — I am thinking in particular of the martyred land of Christ — we can see that, although always necessary, the political attempts are worth little if spirits remain exacerbated and there is no ability to demonstrate a heartfelt disposition to renew the line of dialogue.
But, who can infuse such sentiments, save God alone? It is more necessary than ever that prayers for peace be raised to [God] throughout the world. Precisely in this perspective, the rosary reveal
“However dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew.” Pope Francis
April 20, 2018
Message from Pope Francis ahead of Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations: “We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!”