Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Cloistered Aggie Nun

Sr. Rose Marie entered the novitiate for the Passionist Nuns last year. She is an Aggie, class of 2007, and radiates joy. Check out this video which was sent to me by The Anchoress.

The Passionists have a blog - from the cloister, which is just dang cool. Check it out!

Also, she has written some reflections on the readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, which are very well done. Here is a snip:
My present understanding of the liturgy of the heart is that it is nourished by the communal liturgy, while it is simultaneously deepening our participation in the communal liturgy. It seems to me that as it nourishes the life and prayer of Christ in us through the Word of God and the Holy Eucharist, we are enabled to participate more in the communal liturgy. Our participation, then, becomes an expression of our communion as we all share more and more deeply in the life and prayer of Christ.

We go to receive God’s Word and Eucharistic Presence in the liturgy of the Holy Mass. This communion with God through the communal liturgy leads our hearts to pray and live in union with the life and prayer of Christ (our liturgy of the heart). Then, through the Spirit, life, and prayer of Christ, we are brought into communion with all souls in heaven, on earth, and purgatory. The communal liturgy, then, deepens the expression of the real and living communion that exists between souls (especially in Christ’s Mystical Body) as they offer their lives and hearts in prayer.

The mystery of this “communion” between souls and God and between other souls is so profound! I know that “liturgy” (even that of the heart) does not happen in isolation though it may happen in solitude. It is truly an amazing reality that we have others with us in our hearts, since we are one in the Heart of Jesus. “…we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually members one of another,” and, “All of us have been given to drink of the one Spirit.” (Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:13)

My understanding of the liturgy is summed up in these words of St. Paul: “For me, to live is Christ.” (Phil 1:21) I receive Christ’s real presence when I participate in the communal celebration of the Mass. Through the Holy Mass (the communal liturgy), Christ’s word, life, and presence in my heart then leads my heart to offer all that I am, feel, think, say, and do in union with the offering of Christ in the Mass. So then everything in my life becomes, through faith, an experience of God and a response to Him. “We walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7) In this way, life itself becomes a prayer through the Holy Spirit’s directing us in our interaction with the HolyTrinity and with one another. To me, this seems like one way of explaining what it means to pray “in spirit and in truth.”

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