An overflow of petals for a Rose

Farewell Sister Rose Anne – A Handmaid’s Funeral

A Handmaid News

Having our dear Sister Rose Anne of Jesus pass away on July 1st, with her funeral on July 3rd so close to Sister Christiana’s profession of solemn vows as a Handmaid on July 7th has kept us very busy. Now, we take an opportunity to share some of the photos from our farewell to Sister Rose Anne, her funeral. Celebrating …

A Petal Fallen: Renewing A Graveside Custom

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When the first Handmaid of the Precious Blood to pass away was buried in New Mexico in the Spring of 1962 a tradition began by the hand of Providence. The cemetery had been an apple orchard and the remaining trees were in bloom. The Archbishop of Santa Fe celebrated the Mass. At the graveside, just as the casket was lowered, …

Holy Vows and Holy Bookends

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, HPB Vocations, News

As Handmaids, we find it is sometimes difficult to explain our way of life to outsiders, Catholic and non-Catholic, family, friends, or strangers. Summarizing, as we did in the cartoon we posted on July 9th, that the word, “Fiat!” is best, may not be clear enough for those who are not nuns. It may seem too simple or facile. So …

Sister Christiana with her Mom Sandy and sister Sunny

Solemn Vows as a Handmaid for Sister Christiana

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, HPB Vocations, News

On the First Friday of July 2017, July 7th, we were blessed by God to have the Solemn Profession of Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood of Sister Christiana of Christ the King. Bishop Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville, celebrated the Mass and in addition, we were honored to have His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritis …

Freedom for Martyrdom?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Whither the Fortnight? For the last five years, U.S. Catholics, led by the U.S.C.C.B., have marked the two weeks leading up to the American celebration of Independence Day as a period of prayerful reflection on our cherished Freedom of Religion as enshrined in Article 1 of the Bill of Rights. Members of the hierarchy have sought to lead the faithful …

Unbridled Passion or True Freedom?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Final Day – Independence Day John Adams and Our Constitution John Adams, second President of the United States, is often quoted as follows: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral …

Too Free?

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Thoughts from Pascal “It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.” Blaise Pascal

Reducing Religious Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Benedict’s Remarks to American Bishops “…it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to …

On Human Liberty

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pope Leo XIII’s Advice About Liberty, Law, and Freedom from 129 years ago. From this it is manifest that the eternal law of God is the sole standard and rule of human liberty, not only in each individual man, but also in the community and civil society which men constitute when united. …

Sister Rose Anne of Jesus at Villa Cor Jesu in Jemez Springs, NM July 22, 1966

Jesus Picks His Rose

A Handmaid Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

Our dear little warrior, Sister Rose Anne of Jesus, had a surprise for us on July 1st, 2017, First Saturday and the traditional Feast of the Precious Blood. Though we knew Our Lord was drawing her closer to his eternal abode, we did not anticipate how swiftly the Master would enter the garden of souls and select his Handmaid on …

A Catholic Look At Liberty

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July A Catholic Look at Liberty “…However, it is your duty as a Catholic…so to order your life that all reasonable men must come at last to know that in your heart, love of God, Church, and Country, love of Christ and fellow men, are all one harmonious whole, that you love your …

Destructive Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Destructive Freedom “…True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with licence to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference …