August 20, 2013

A Talk for Sister Annas Simple Profession

The following Chapter talk was given by M. Rebecca for Sr Anna’s simple profession/St Bernard’s Feast Day, August 20, 2013

Anna, what do you ask?... Sr. Anna’s response “the mercy of God and of the order” Community response: Thanks be to God.
                                                                                                                                                                                               M. Rebecca
A few days ago, on the Assumption, we sought the advice of a few saints for Mary’s clothing. So it would seem fitting today that we would look to St Bernard for some advice on your simple profession. St Bernard called the monastery ‘a School of Love’. He felt the main object of monastic life was to restore our true nature which was created in the image and likeness of God. In other words, we are created for love and for self-surrender.

August 15, 2013

A Talk for the Feast of the Assumption

The following Chapter talk was given by M. Rebecca on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  At Chapter Mary Hastie, postulant, received the habit and became Sr. Mary Therese.    

"Mary, What do you ask?"… "May the Lord help you"                                                                                    M. Rebecca

St Bernard explains to us in his first sermon for the Assumption, why we should rejoice this day…it is because today Mary is received at the entrance of heaven by Him who was received by her at His entrance into the world. Both receptions are full of joy: that of her son being received by His mother; and now today, His mother, being received by her son…and that joy is joined with all the angels and saints in heaven and on earth.