The Silence and Emptiness without Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

They Have Taken Our Lord

A Handmaid Charism, News, Priests, Triduum

YES, THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR LORD… Sometimes well meaning Catholics tell us they are envious of our monastic lifestyle. Usually it is because they misunderstand the level of spiritual combat it entails daily. But when we hear of “holy envy” regarding our experience of Holy Week and the Triduum, it might be justified, but not in the way they expect. …

Holy Hour reflecting on Vultum Dei Quaerere

Embracing Vultum Dei Quaerere

A Handmaid Charism, Handmaids of the Precious Blood, News

While we await more concrete norms from the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) regarding the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), which was released in the summer of 2016, we have begun to study the text as a community. As we earlier shared in a post, we were …

Farewell to the Cathedral Dedication Stone

A Handmaid News

On the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (the Rock) we bid farewell to another sort of rock, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Dedication Stone. The Dedication Stone continues on its pilgrimage through the Diocese of Knoxville as it makes its way from the old Sacred Heart Cathedral, through all the parishes and missions, and to the new Sacred Heart …

Upon this Rock

Dedication Stone at Cor Jesu

A Handmaid News

The Cathedral Dedication Stone stayed in our monastery this week. Many of us Sisters had opportunity before entering the monastery to make pilgrimages to various places such as the Holy Land or shrines in Italy, Portugal, Spain etc. It’s common on pilgrimages to collect holy souvenirs (including rocks) from places like the shores of the Sea of Galilee or the …

Silver Jubilee for Sister Guadalupe

A Handmaid HPB Vocations, News

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, 2016, Sister Guadalupe D’Emmanuel of the Holy Trinity, celebrated her Silver Jubilee of Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood. The day was marked by much joy and festivity, a beautiful Mass during which Sister formally renewed her vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience in the hands of Rev. Mother Marietta, …

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

The Blessed Sacrament, therefore, becomes the orbit, becomes the center, the very core, the alpha and omega of our spiritual life. We do not have to search for God; God is with us, Emmanuel.

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

We have to be aflame with love of God, to be burning bushes in the desert of the naturalism of the world around us today.  We have to be lost in God if we are to be successful searchers for those who are lost in the world.

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

O Sapientia!  It is consoling to know that Thou Who art divine, infinite Wisdom, would not have chosen the priesthood unless it was capable of, and would de facto, deliver through the centuries the fulfillment of Your Divine Plan of Merciful Love.

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

Be engaged in reparation.  Be a chalice lifted in reparation. There is a chalice lifted every moment somewhere in the world.  Raise your own – in reparation – in union with the Precious Blood.

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

What makes a host a Host? The giving totally of its substance to become the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Advent Reflection: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

A Handmaid Advent

I recommend you to meditate from time to time on the eyes of the Mother of God. Those eyes rest upon us day by day, hour by hour, for it is a mother’s privilege and duty to watch over her little ones, to watch over her sons and daughters, and now from high heaven She watches over the world and …