Eucharistic Spirituality — Total Gift of Self

The vital power and motivating spirit that gives meaning to all the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are and do is the Eucharist — the Total Gift of Self.

Our dedication to Christ embraces the whole of his Body, especially the Indians and Black people. Not only do we ourselves try to live the Eucharist, but we strive to lead others to live it too.

Receiving2webConsecrated Life
The Eucharist is the truest expression of our vows —

Christ’s love for all [CHASTITY),
His voluntary emptying of self (POVERTY),
and His loving surrender to the Father’s will (OBEDIENCE). 1

By living Joyfully, we help each other to bring the Gospel alive.

Responsibility and sensitivity to each others’ needs helps us to grow more understanding, to Love One Another as Christ Loves Us.

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Memorial Day celebration with SBS and local ASBS in West Philadelphia at St. Ignatius Convent.

Our hospitality – cheerful we hope – invites others to feel at home not only with us but also with Christ.

We say we identify ourselves with the poor.  How? By choosing a simple life style, by working along with them, by showing compassion and by our availability. We live, work, walk and talk with them in their neighborhoods whether in the inner city, on the reservation or in a rural area.

Divine Providence
“The Sisters shall rely on Divine Providence … being strongly convinced that their Heavenly Father will never abandon them if they trust in Him with steadfast confidence.” 2

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After a long day of ministry among the people of two Roxbury, MA, parishes, Sr. Christine finds refreshment in quiet prayer in St. Patrick Convent Chapel.

A Two-fold Apostolate: Prayer and Work
St. Katharine Drexel taught the sisters to combine contemplation with apostolic love. Only a deep union with God who directs us to serve those who knock on our doors or sit in our classrooms makes this possible.

By reflecting on the Eucharistic Liturgy and Scripture and by praying together and alone, we learn to listen, to hear and respond to what Christ is calling us to NOW.

How does he want us to relate to each other, to forgive, to share, to reach out to the poor, to those suffering oppression? How is TODAY different from Sr. Katharine Drexel’s time?

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This is not a posed photo. There was only one love seat in the tiny living room where Sr. Ruth Catherine was introducing the young father to the Catholic Church. Of course, being a typical boy , the oldest son had to show off for the camera person, also standing by opposite wall.

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This is the West Philadelphia Street where Sr. M. Ruth Catherine visited the young father. Each row house is quite narrow, built in the 1800s when rural people & immigrants flooded into the city looking for jobs.

Ministry

Our work with the poor

+affirms their cultures and aspirations,

+promotes social justice

+and breaks open a way to share together the Good News.

 

We are called:

* to proclaim the Good News with zeal and enthusiasm

* to support the empowerment and self-determination of the people

* to oppose all forms of racism

* to promote justice including environmental justice — we cannot ignore the unequal impacts environmental degradation has on low-income communities.3

References
1. Total Gift of Self 8
2. SKD, TGS 14
3. “How Environmental Justice Works”

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