We would like to wish a blessed Season of Lent to all and invite you to join us at this special Lent Prayer Service. Just lick here or go to the "Photo Log" tab on our website home page where all our videos can be found.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
|Sisters Margarita, Graciela and Aurora|
This year our presence to each other is just as challenging. Many people are not aware that the sisters have two mission houses in the United States. In one of them, Emporia, Kansas, the sisters oversee a Latin American immigrant community, with many of their parishioners working in the meat processing factories. As we well know, these laborers have been highly exposed to COVID 19, and the community of three sisters were exposed to the virus. The death of Sister Aurora Villamar, who was in her mid-seventies is a witness to how utterly generous the sisters have been in serving our country.
The community of Josefina Maria Valencia, which was responsible for the school that many groups visited, just a block away from the Motherhouse, was also exposed to the virus. On one night, two sisters died: Sister Margarita Guzman, and Sister Graciela Cuara. It was a real shock for us when the sisters contacted us of their death, and it must come as a real shock as you read this.
Since we have had some time to absorb this pain we can feel what the sisters wrote to us from the first: They were grateful that the sisters did not die alone. With Sister Aurora, the sisters were able to go to the hospital and because of the generosity of a Hispanic nurse were able to be with her in her final hours. Sister Margarita died in her sleep at home, and Sister Graciela also died at home, surrounded by sisters as they waited for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.
Our presence to each other at this time is precious. Both the living and those who have gone before us in faith are present in our hearts when we listen and are quiet; as we grieve; and as we pick ourselves up and continue serving one another with love. When we proclaim, "Our trust is in God," the words have never before been so laden with meaning. Our faith is our hope.
In trust and in the light of faith we continue our journeys, but as the pandemic continues the distance we must take from each other is not getting larger. We journey as one family.
Friday, December 18, 2020
|Dec 17, 2020|
that gives light to everyone." (John 1:9)
In this time when our world needs light,
may we be sources of light,
in Jesus' name,
for each other.
- You are welcome to pray with us at our Advent Prayer service of Vespers. For the video, click this link.
- If you would like to read the Guadalupe Center Christmas message, please click on this link. It will give you a look at how the sisters in Cuernavaca, Mexico, have experienced this last year.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
The colors of this season have been spectacular this year. Our reds came early and were very strong, and the golds are lasting well into October. There is a beauty that touches our heart very deeply, because with all the uncertainties of our world we can still experience God's good gifts in creation.
In that spirit, a new mantra song was born that we would like to share with you.
The weave of seasons reveals the love of God. (refrain)
1. Gently we are made aware of the importance of time, of change and history.
2. Gently we learn to trust this movement of time; the dance of night and day.
3. Prayerfully we change in wonder of grace; alive in the movement of time.
There are so many different "seasons" to reflect upon. The seasons of our own lives, the seasons contained in a day which may contain storms and sun, and the season of this pandemic. All the seasons have the capacity to reveal the love of God, and it is our prayer for each person that they discover the meaning and challenge that this particular time holds.
We are all well and hold you in our prayer. It is that connection in faith that continues to keep us alive in this moment of time.
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