For all our actions to begin with You and finish with You

Jul 15, 2015

Dear Families:

I want to start this short chronicle with the words of Saint Alberto Hurtado: "The Redeemer can, by unknown ways for us to act directly on the bottom of consciences" [1].

When I read these words of Saint Alberto Hurtado in his book "Fire that kindles other fires", they led me to think too much about what we do in our mission. Many times when you give advice, a chat, a class, a pat on the back to someone who is suffering, organize games for children, sharing a smile, God is at work in the hearts of those people; and one might think that we are not giving fruits because we're not that smart, or because we do not know theology so thoroughly, or because we still have so much to learn. Thousands of thoughts go through our mind. Actually we realize that the fruits do not depend on us but on God, is for us to be faithful to God for God to work in souls.

One may think what did God see in us to call us to religious life, for this very important mission to bring souls to Heaven? If we are so weak, imperfect and miserable, sinful, and at times lack strength after an exhausting day.

I respond with the words of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 1:27): "God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and he chose the weak of the world to shame the strong. "

God has special graces to pour into the souls entrusted to us every day.

It is important for one to prepare the class and put forth the effort to teach well, but also important is the way we treat children and the love we give them, as well as the joy, good humor and simplicity by following Christ’s example.

We know that we are weak and we feel at times that do not give us hands to everything to do and more and more children come to catechesis.

Our Lord answered us with these words: "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28). It is also the abandonment in God that will give us the necessary graces to do what is on our side and He will give fruit in due time.

One Sunday after Mass, where many people attended, I was noticing how much the parish was growing, as well as how people approached the sacraments, and many children came to catechism (this year 1,500). And it continues to grow year after year.

I conclude this short chronicle, giving thanks to God for allowing us to work in his vineyard and asking Mary Queen of the Missions to grant us the grace to imitate her, especially in maternity and sweetness, and also to never get tired!

We also entrust the 200 young people who will make their Confirmation this year, on May 30 and the 300 children who have already received communion.
God bless you always! And thank you for your prayers.

From the Land of Mushrooms: Avondale Pennsylvania,

Sister. Maria del Sacro Monte

Here are some photos:


With the new Eucharistic Ministers


With the catechism students (part I)


With the catechism students (part II)

[1] San Alberto Hurtado "Fire that kindles other fires" nineteenth edition 2009, P139