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.

 

Consecrated Life

Receiving2webThe 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 help us to grow more understanding, to Love One Another as Christ Loves Us.

Sr. Annette Marie O’Donnell’s Faith Sharing Group meets to talk about the Sunday readings, which is typically followed by a meal and some social time with one another.

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 lifestyle, 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

 

A Two-fold Apostolate: Prayer and Work

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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.

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.

Sr. M. Norbert Moline, SBS, facilitates a weekly prayer group at St. Martin de Porres parish that helps give attendees a better understanding of the Gospel message.

How does he want us to relate to each other, to forgive, to share, to reach out to the poor, to
those suffering
oppression?

In addition to work in local communities in the SBS, making sandwiches and serving food to the poor, the SBS provide assistance to the people of Haiti. Sr. Pat Downs, SBS, is shown here with people waiting for food.

How is TODAY different from St. Katharine Drexel’s time?

 

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:

Sr. Stephanie Henry, SBS, narrates “Our Little Christmas Town” concert and play at St. Ignatius Church in Philadelphia on Gaudette Sunday (third Sunday of Advent).

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

Sr. Margaret Sullivan, SBS, gives some gardening tips to one of the children of the employees at Paul’s Run Retirement Community.

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”