Inspiring faith

Imagine that you are traversing a vast desert. You are in critical need of water. When you find some, you have to protect it from the sun. Then you need to be able to replenish your supply so that it will last until you arrive at your destination.

FDZ Sisters at Mass

FDZ Sisters at Mass

Today, we all live in a spiritual desert, a world where genuine faith—like that water—is rare and tends to evaporate quickly unless it is protected and replenished. Our need is pressing; just as we cannot live without water, we cannot survive spiritually without faith.

If we have Jesus with us, that is sufficient. The rest will go well.
– Madre Nazarena

In today’s world, everyone is touched by tragedy (spiritual, moral, psychological, economical, societal, etc…) of one sort or another. Most people feel utterly hopeless about life, as if there were no light on the horizon, no prospect for a better future. But I truly believe that in the midst of everything there is always a LIGHT that will guide us through. Thus, with the words of Madre Maria Nazarena Majone my heart remains hopeful. Like her, I am called to face squarely the world’s trials and obstacles by anchoring my FAITH on Jesus Christ.

As I continue listening and pondering on the life story of Madre Nazarena, five words are etched in my mind:

Madre Nazarena

Madre Nazarena

  1. COMMITMENT: I have the desire as a teacher to experience the joy of serving others without asking in return.
  2. FOCUS: I must have a sense of direction like a runner whose goal is to finish the race for a cause so that those entrusted to me will become good labourers in the vineyard of the Lord.
  3. PASSION: I am challenged to be passionate about the gifts I have, that may result in creativity.
  4. RESPONSIBILITY: I am called to be more responsible in everything.
  5. INTIMACY WITH GOD: I am convinced that in everything we do, we must put GOD first. And the most important mission of a teacher is to serve her pupils by introducing them to Christ the Divine Teacher.

Persevere with yet more earnestness, and rejoice to bear your share in the cross which is our passport and seal to the kingdom of our Redeemer.
– Elizabeth Ann Seton

Madre Maria Nazarena Majone knew that true authority comes from service and she worked to imitate the Lord’s service. Moreover, she fully understood that Jesus is the “Good Teacher” who leads her students to the Father.

Thus, let us keep strengthening our faith by actions. And as we do so, we will be making practical application of the examples of Madre Maria Nazarena Majone,  her FAITH found in God’s inspired Word.

Be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
– Heb. 6:12

Teacher Lavern Claire F Pascua
PAIS Laoag City
Philippines

Sharing the joy of a life’s choice

On 29 June 2014, the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, we celebrated Sr Maria Corazon C Villanueva’s precious gift of 25 years of dedicated service as a Religious of the Daughters of Divine Zeal.  A Vintareña in the Philippines and a precious jewel of the town, she returned to renew her religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and the zeal for the Rogate, in her hometown of Vintar.

Sr Maria Corazon C Villanueva and friends

Sr Maria Corazon C Villanueva and friends

It was the spirit of generosity, trust, fidelity and great love that moved Sr Corazon to say ‘YES’ again and again to the call and to be like Mary in her response to the mission of the Harvest Master, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Sr Corazon we pray for your holy perseverance.

Send, O Lord, Holy Apostles into Your Church!  ROGATE!!!

Ray Randy A Flores
Sentinels of Rogate
Vintar, Ilocos Norte
Philippines

Educators for the Lord

FDZ Sisters at school

After our scheduled annual retreat, all Daughters of Divine Zeal involved in the field of education gather to discuss and plan for the apostolate of the schools. This is in view of the Year K (prep) to Year 12 curriculum and its implementation in our schools. Expert speakers are invited to help our Sisters understand the curriculum more clearly so we can better serve our students, the “harvest” entrusted to our care. These are days of learning, sharing, and fun. Each Sister then goes back to their communities renewed spiritually and professionally.

When the Lord entrusts to us His work, He will surely provide us with what we need to bring His work to a noble end.

FDZ Urdaneta
Philippines

Be happy!

Be happy!

Happy because you have chosen the best part.

Happy because who and what will separate you from the love of Christ?

Joyful girl

Happy because you have destined your life to the sole and only one highest love.

Happy because in the Church you are the most loved children, and share in the Church’s joy and pain.

Happy because nothing of what you do, pray or suffer is lost; nothing is unknown to that Father who sees in secret and who leaves nothing unrewarded.

Happy because like the Madonna, you have heard the Word of God and you have believed in it, you have followed it!

From the Discourses of Blessed Pope Paul VI

Lord of the Harvest Send Laborers… p16 | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

The way of God

In the Church all of us have an identical radical vocation, the likeness of Christ which is a gift of our Baptism.  Every state of life answers to a vocation and God’s providence leads each person to fulfil the divine plan He established for him/her and for all the people.

Each vocation must be lived, first of all, in the conversion and in the way of the Cross.  Vocation is a dynamic reality which we progressively fulfil in the dialogue with God and His people, in fidelity and in service.  This path of faith starts with Baptism, root of the Christian vocation, and matures in the continued availability to the action of the Spirit.  Every state of life, therefore, must be presented as authentic vocation which involves human life permanently.

Even the prayer for vocations must be done in a context of conversion.  Prayer cannot be limited to verbal expression; it implies authentic availability to the divine call.  To pray for vocations in the name of Jesus means first of all to want what Jesus wants in the total availability of the person and in love which urges us to serve the Father and the brothers and sisters.  To listen to the Word of God and to commit ourselves in a vocation means to convert ourselves from our own ways to the pathway of the Lord; it means to transform ourselves in the spirit of renewal.

Let us pray that the Lord may grant us apostles who will lead us to conversion.  May the Lord convert us so that our commitment may be a source of vocations.

Lord of the Harvest Send Laborers… p3-4 | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

Do I trust God enough?

BBQ Invite for Vietnam Mission

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Enjoy yourself at our BBQ on Sunday 23 November 2014 from midday to 4:00pm and help to raise funds for the Daughters of Divine Zeal mission in Vietnam.

RSVP: Contact us by Sunday 02 November 2014

Can’t make it to the BBQ but would like to make a donation? Please get in touch and thanks!

Download: BBQ Flyer [PDF, 1383Kb]

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