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.
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.
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.
“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
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?
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
1. Total Gift of Self 8
2. SKD, TGS 14
3. “How Environmental Justice Works”
Download, read, relax — MISSION
The lastest issues of MISSION are available in pdf form for downloading. See below.
MISSION LXXIX 3
Harlem, NYC., and Navajo, NM, — separated by distance and culture, one in Faith.
Sr. Lynn Marie, with a chuckle, shares the story of her vocation.
ASBS Director commits life to Christ and his people through private vows.
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MISSION LXXX 1 : Defying the odds
* Sr. Sandra Smithson’s Charter School welcome’s Nashville’s poor, under-served children.
* Sr. Marianne Poole adjusts from being Harlem principal to assisting in a rural school.
* Rosalia Badhorse, a Northern Cherokee from MT, wins La Salle Business School Award.
* Dr. Norman C. Francis closes 47 year role as Xavier University’s President.
* Carmen Bermudez receives 2015 St. Katharine Drexel Justice Award.
* Most Rev. Ferdinand J. Cheri, OFM is ordained new Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans.
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MISSION LXXX 2 : Giving life to the Pope’s hopes for our Church!
*During World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis let us with a number of challenges
*Keeping in mind the poor, volunteers — senior adults — stuff and sdistribute 30 large boxes with the makings of family Thanksgiving meals
* Pastor and teens aided by a few adults prepare and serve a meal once a month at a Drop-In Shelter for the homeless
*Navajo Reservation teens taking responsible roles in their parish encourages the older members
* An 86-year-old woman continues to serve as Social Minister in her inner city parish
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