Freedom and Slavery

A Handmaid Fortnight

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery. Saint John Paul II

Thankful For Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Have You Prayed In Thanksgiving For Your Freedom? “…help in any way anything that advances the good of our country we must be patriotic without being nationalistic. We must be the supporters of everything that will help the up building of our people and our country. But within the framework of our …

How We Can Lose Our Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July How We Can Lose Our Freedom “We need to remember two simple facts.  In practice, no law and no constitution can protect religious freedom unless people actually believe and live their faith – not just at home or in church, but in their public lives.  But it’s also true that no one …

Add Your Prayers For Religious Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Witnesses to the Gospel! Today is the second day of the Fortnight for Freedom. How are you participating? First and foremost, pray! Then educate yourself on the threats to our basic right to live out our faith in every facet of our lives, public and private. Our faith is not just for …

Fortnight For Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July At a difficult moment in the history of this country, a great American, Abraham Lincoln, spoke of a special need at that time: “that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom”. A new birth of freedom is repeatedly necessary: freedom to exercise responsibility and generosity, freedom to meet …

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.