A special date with Jesus

Eucharistic Adoration

Yesterday we commemorated the first of July.  This date is so important for all the spiritual children of St. Annibale. This is a moment in front of the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. I am always looking forward to this day because I am with Jesus.  I  consider this time like I have a special spiritual date with the beloved.

Staying with Jesus is a worthy way to spend time to thank Him for all the blessings that I have received, recognizing His love and renewing my vows as my commitment to Him. It is also a moment where I can ask forgiveness from Him for the many times I have failed to love, where I have been unkind in words and deeds with others, where I have not been punctual or I have been distracted with my prayers, and where I have not been humble enough to accept my failures. It also a moment for me to tell Jesus about our family and especially those who have asked for our prayers, and for those who are in most need: the sick, the old, the lonely, those in mission, etc.

As a community, one of our moments in the adoration is to pray for all consecrated persons, particularly as this year we are celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life.  We feel close to Him because He becomes a real presence. For the whole day in prayer and adoration,  the time passes by so quickly because I enjoy contemplating Him. There is no room for tiredness  because I only feel peace and His love.

Our FDZ community has Eucharistic Adoration on the first day of each month – you are welcome to join us.

Jesus arrives

St Annibale - First coming of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to the Institute

St Annibale – First coming of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to the Institute

We the spiritual Children of St. Annibale Maria di Francia, the Daughters of Divine Zeal and the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus will celebrate July First as one of the most important dates to commemorate because it is the first coming of Jesus in the Institute where He dwells with us permanently. It is a moment to be with Jesus in prayer, it is a Eucharistic Day celebration. St. Annibale recognized Him as our Divine Founder who never leaves us whether in moments of success or difficulties.

Invitation

We are inviting you to join with us in prayer and adoration with the Lord of the Harvest.  Just a reminder that if you are in Melbourne, you are welcome to spend time with Jesus in our Chapel (311 Church Street, Richmond – enter via Brougham Street) for Eucharistic Adoration today, between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Be with me, Jesus

FDZ Sister at Eucharistic Adoration
01 July is the Eucharistic Day for the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus and the Daughters of Divine Zeal.  On this day, we commemorate the first arrival of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, into our Institute.

If you are in Melbourne, we invite you to join us in our Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration.

When: Wednesday 01 July 2015 between 9:00am and 4:00pm
Where: 311 Church Street, Richmond – enter via Brougham Street

Sealed with Christ

I have recently been reflecting upon the Rejoice! message of our Pope which is a letter to all consecrated men and women.  I was particularly struck with these words where he said:

Christ is the seal on our foreheads, he is the seal on our hearts: on the forehead because we always profess him; on the heart because we always love him; he is the seal on our arms because we are always working for him.

Jesus Christ
As religious, we convey to people that we are pointing to something important.  It gives us an identity that our life is a mark or seal pointing to God.  Our business is for God and everything is for God.  So it is a challenge and responsibility to make this sign visible and clear as we are leading people to God.  If this sign or seal is not clear and if we religious are not doing things the right way, we can mislead them.  Our identity as religious also has something to do with our charism which makes us different from one another.  Each Congregation is unique and founded by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  It is the way we express our lives to God and to others through our various ministries.

My assignment to do this ministry as a Vocation Promoter is for me a challenge to accompany a young person searching for the meaning of their life or to respond to a particular vocation in life as God wants them to be: priestly or religious life, married life or single blessedness.  May we become an expert and be able to radiate and manifest this sign through our deeds and authentic witnessing that generates true vocations, especially for priestly and religious vocation.

Let us continue to pray for all consecrated persons to be authentic witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and for those who are called so that they may be courageous and generous enough to answer God’s call with an open heart.

Sr Cielo Tanio fdz

My inner journey with Mother Nazarena

Sr Cielo's painting of Madre Nazarena

Sr Cielo’s painting of Madre Nazarena

As we remember the birthday of Madre Maria Nazarena Majone today (21 June), I recall the task given to me by Mother Elna last year where I was to make a life-sized painting of Mother Nazarena, at least 5 feet in height.  This was to be used for the 75th death anniversary of our Congregation’s co-foundress (25 January 2014).

At first, I was really hesitant and refused to do it because it is not that easy to make a painting.  Besides, I had only less than 10 days to finish it before the anniversary celebration.  Yet, at the same time, I was also challenged because it was my first time to do a life-sized painting and it was a special celebration – a gift for Mother Nazarena.

I asked Sr Gladys for some pictures to give myself an idea on how to begin the painting and to draw some inspirations.  While doing this, I realised how important it was to be patient and to sacrifice other things in order to find time.  During the painting process, I encountered difficulties with drawing her hands and the structure of her body.  Then an idea came… I asked some of our Sisters and Postulants to be my models.  They became like mirrors that helped me to draw the areas that I found hard to paint.

The most difficult of all was the face of Mother Nazarena.  I erased this area several times, repainted it and again erased it in the hope of improving my painting.  As I was doing this, I listened to the comments, ideas and suggestions of the Sisters.  And these proved useful because I saw an improvement each day.  With the help of their feedback, the painting was being completed, little by little, even during the times when I became irritated with my progress.  At the end of it all, I was so thankful to the community for their valuable help and support – they had played such a great part in the painting.  For myself, I had never ever dreamt of being able to do a painting like that.

The task had also led me to recall the life of Mother Nazarena.  One day I just realised that Mother Nazarena had a lot to teach us, her daughters, particularly about her love and service for the harvest, her dedication, prayer and life witnessing.  It was a prayer that transformed her life with a zeal to pray and work for the harvest.

I thank the Lord for that occasion – challenging yet inspiring.  It was an opportunity to deepen my knowledge and appreciation of the person of Mother Nazarena.  Upon seeing the finished painting, I was drawn to love more deeply, to feel her serenity, and to imitate her continuous prayer which led her to be zealous in her apostolic life.

Sr M Cielo C Tanio fdz

She is my mother

Madre Maria Nazarena Majone

Madre Maria Nazarena Majone

This Sunday, 21 June, is the birthday of Madre Maria Nazarena Majone.

Maria Nazarena, my mother, is a woman of faith, full of zeal and a faithful daughter of our St Annibale.

Reading about her life leads me to knowing her more and to discover her beauty.  I love her simplicity, her way of seeing things, in spite of many difficulties, trials and persecutions.

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

Madre Nazarena

Yes, her example challenges me because it proves her being constantly in the presence of God.  Therefore her heart was on fire, her love and compassion for the orphans and the poor in line with the one of St Annibale.  Two hearts burning for the same purpose: to love Jesus and the poor; to pray unceasingly with the harvest’s master to send labourers… and to be one, zealously searching for the last ones and leading them home.

Mother, thanks!  Pray for me that I may be like you

Imelda

St Anthony of Padua – pray for us!

St Anthony of PaduaToday is the Feast Day of St Anthony of Padua.

Considered by many as “Saint of Miracles”, St Anthony of Padua has a special place in the life of St Annibale who proclaimed him as the celestial benefactor and protector of the Rogationists and Daughters of Divine Zeal (FDZ). This great saint enjoyed the honour of being one of the principal patrons of the two congregations. In fact, many of the charitable houses opened by St Annibale and entrusted to the Rogationists and FDZs were named after this great saint. That was the reason why in the early years of the Institutes the religious priests, brothers and sisters of St Annibale were commonly known as the Anthonians.  Read more…

Excerpt from  St. Hannibal’s Devotion to St. Anthony: A Saint of Abundant Charity!

Let us pray with St Anthony for more holy vocations:

Teacher of the Gospel, light of holy Church, lover of souls, good St Anthony of Padua help us to have a true and solid devotion to you, and to imitate your life and work for God and souls.

Grant us a greater love for Holy Scripture, the source of your wisdom.

Be to us a teacher of the ways of God and of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Light our hearts with the flame of love, the fire of divine charity, that we may love our merciful Father in heaven; that the King of kings, as you said, may reign in our hearts and purify them of all evil; that we may love our neighbour as you commanded.

May the example of your chastity, your spirit of prayer, make us faithful to the vows of our baptism, to the vows of marriage or of religious life.

Guide us so that we may live with you the Gospel of Christ and grow with you in Him.

Pray that the spirit of the Gospel may reach all nations, beginning with ourselves.

Pray that the spirit of Christian love and unity may fill the people of God, and bring all His children together again as one flock with one Shepherd.

Amen.

See Also: Prayers to St Anthony

Image courtesy of pixabay.com

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