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Love Has the Last Word

In spite of all that may tend to discourage us, in spite of all we read in the newspaper or on social media, Goodness and Light are stronger than evil.

We need not fear, because we know that love has the last word.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

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A New Heart

“A new heart I will give you,
and a new spirit I will put within you;
and I will remove from your body the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.”
(Ezekiel 36:26)

Photo by Rose Hoover, rc (with the kind help of NASA)It is never out of season to pray for the promised new heart. Lent, however, gives us a special opportunity to focus on God’s desire to transform our hearts into the heart of Jesus.  Thus may we “become participants of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is a breathtaking thought, but true: God invites us to share the divine life. This is our call.

It has been said that we become what we contemplate. So this Lenten season, we may ask for the grace of beholding the beauty of Christ in our daily lives, realizing of course, that our vision is limited and our attention will often stray. But each time we are distracted let us turn back, allowing the Spirit to transform us, for we read:

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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By the way, if you are in the Chicago area, you might check out the Lenten Retreat I will be leading the weekend of March 10-12. The theme is: “Resting in the Heart of God.” You can find information here.

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The photo, "Christ the Heart of the Universe," is by Rose Hoover, rc, with the help of NASA's public domain space images.

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Center of Our Heart

 

“The more we draw near to God, the more we desire to draw near; the more we are united with God, the more we desire this union, because we understand more and more that God is the center of our heart and that God alone can fill them and make them happy.”

— Saint Therese Couderc,
Letter to Mother de Larochenégly, August 7, 1867

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The image is by Rose Hoover, rc, with the help of Apophysis software.

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We Remember

We Remember ... First Four Cenacle Sisters in North America

…four courageous women who landed in New York on July 17, 1892. They knew no English when they set sail, nor did they know where they would live when they landed. They knew simply that at the invitation of Archbishop Michael Corrigan of New York they were missioned to bring the Cenacle to New York and so the United States. The four—Mother Jenny Bachelard, Mother Christina de Grimaldi, Madam Marietta de Marschall, Sister Francoise Ellien—arrived with a keen sense of God’s providential care. 

We Celebrate ...

...this, our 125th Anniversary of presence, life and grace, that is, all God has done in our midst.  We celebrate what God has and is asking of us as we live the Cenacle mission in the North American Province.

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This month we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter “To All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life,” quoted Benedict XVI, who said, “It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but by attraction” (Evangelii Gaudium).

What does this mean? Whether we are speaking of the Church as a whole or of religious life, this suggests that if people see our joy they will desire to join us. 

“Similarly,” Pope Francis adds, “the apostolic effectiveness of consecrated life does not depend on the efficiency of its methods. It depends on the eloquence of your lives, lives which radiate the joy and beauty of living the Gospel and following Christ to the full. . . . Radical evangelical living is not only for religious: it is demanded of everyone. But religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way.”

Let us pray that whatever our vocation, we may live fully and radiantly the lives to which we are called.

                                                

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Prayer for the New Year

 

O God, as you once gazed on all you had made and found it good,
look now on us, your weak and cherished people,
created in the beauty of your own image.

Have mercy on us as we begin a new year.


We have fouled your creation through heedlessness and greed.
We have defaced your image by making war.
We have reached out, not for you, but for possessions, honors, and power.
We have hearkened to the noise of our fears, instead of to your gracious and transforming silence.

O divine Mercy, have mercy on us.

Consider our woundedness and heal us, for we are helpless to heal ourselves.
Consider our smallness and comfort us, for we have known sorrow.

O Love, fill us and teach us.


Teach us again, as a child is taught,
that peace is found by resting in your ample heart,
that bounty flows through love of neighbor,
and that while perfect security in this life is an illusion,
we need not fear,
for you hold us, always and for all eternity, in your everlasting arms.

We pray through Jesus Christ,
Amen.
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Understanding Laudato Si

"Understanding Laudato Si" is an excellent series of videos on the encyclical by Pope Francis.  Visit YouTube for these presentations by Franciscan Father Daniel P. Horan, OFM.  The first of the series is called "Models of Creation."

 

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Pope Francis wrote "Responding to God's call means allowing Him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness."  Are you being call to a life as a religious woman?  If so please feel free to send an email to Sr. Janice Bemowski
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A New Provincial Installed

On Saturday September 26, 2015 the Cenacle Sisters celebrated the installation of a new Provincial and her council with a Mass and festive meal. Sr. Rose Hoover, r.c. (on the right of the photo) and her four councilors will now begin their 3 year terms as the leadership of the Cenacle Sisters in the North American Province.  The Sisters and guests thanked the previous provincial, Sr. Evelyn Jegen, r.c., (on the left of the photo) and her councilors for their 6 years of dedicated work on behave of the congregation. They also welcomed and prayed for Sr. Rose and her new council. May the Light of the Good God shine upon Sr. Rose and her leadership team.

 

 

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June 6-16, 2016
Cost: $2,100.00 (not including airfare) 

A Ten-Day Contemplative Art Retreat using art as a language of prayer will take place at the Cenacle Retreat Center located in beautiful Tuscany. No art experience is needed, just a desire to open yourself to this spiritual practice of art-prayer. Retreat days form a balance of input, studio time, personal time for reflection, plus visits to Assisi, LaVerna, and other local art treasures. Some walking required. Space is limited. Contact: Sr. Peg Lane at peglanerc@aol.com Phone: (773) 528-6300.

We share our gratitude and joy as we prepare to celebrate our 12th anniversary of the Praying with Art Retreat held at the Cenacle in Tuscany. Participants from 24 states and 6 countries have experienced the blessings of this international experience. Why not come and join us? 

Download Day Trip details , registration form

Staff:
Luciana Duce-Dugan is a fine artist and spiritual director originally from New York, but now living in Deerfield Beach, Florida. A multi-media artist, Luciana teaches painting, collage and art journaling. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from New York University and studied extensively at the Art Students' League in New York. Sr. Barbara Ehrler and Sr. Peg Lane are both Cenacle Sisters live and minister in Chicago, IL and serve as spiritual directors and co-organizers for these programs.
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