For centuries, pilgrims have journeyed to shrines where Mary has appeared. These Marian shrines, at Lourdes, Fatima, Loreto and many other places, have procured blessings for those who go there to honor Mary. The Church has always encouraged devotion to Mary, the Mother of God and our mother. St. Bernard once said: “Mary has made herself all to all, and opens her merciful heart to all, that all may receive of her fullness: to the sick, health; to those in affliction, comfort; to the sinner, pardon; and to God, glory”. We at Camilla Hall offered praise and honor to Mary, “our life, our sweetness, and our hope”. May Mary, our Blessed Mother, direct us to Jesus, her Son and our brother. Amen.
At Camilla Hall the Sisters prayed around the Cross for the world that is so deeply affected by the Corona virus.
The Taize Prayer cast light on this in the following prayer: Within our darkness night, you kindle the fire that never dies away, that never dies away.
So let us prayer for the world: Loving God, grant that we may walk the road your son walked so that through his suffering we may share also
in his resurrection.
Let us not lose hope!
March is Women’s History Month, and “Her-story” is being made every day. Celebrate the unique gifts that God has given to each woman, each man, every girl and boy.
Let us together give thanks for the call of Christ to follow him into a broken world and to lead the church into making all things new.
Let us sing praises to our God that we can claim the amazing sweet gift of "Ruah", the sacred Spirit that gives us life! Let us offer our service and leadership – gifts of peacemaking, compassion, perseverance, unity and love – and use them for the sake of all God’s children.
We pray/ and offer thanks for women all over the world:
Holy God, be with us now as we meditate on your Son’s journey to Calvary. Remind us that still, in this present day, many of your children continue that walk to Calvary, carrying heavy, difficult crosses. May we be Simon to those whose burdens are too heavy to be borne alone. May we be Veronica to those who need the touch of love and comfort. And may we, struggling with our own crosses, always remember your promises of justice, mercy and peace. Amen
The students from Gesu School treated us to a beautiful Prayer Service for Black History Month.
They took the basic topics of Catholic Social Teaching, interspersed with quotes from Black Americans, following each with a prayer in which all could participate. The program included appropriate music meant to motivate and inspire – which it surely did!
On January 2, 2020 the Sisters in Camilla Hall prayed the ROSARY FOR LIFE in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel. The Sisters heeded the words of Pope St. John Paul II: "It is therefore a service of love...which we are all committed to insure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened." Therefore. in response to these words the Sisters prayed in support of LIFE!
On Wednesday, January 15, the actual birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Sisters celebrated his life within Evening Prayer. The prayer concluded with WE SHALL OVERCOME. Let us remember his words and deeds and try to make the world a better place for all to dwell.
"I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love."
--Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Prayers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Vol IV
Every day the Sisters in Camilla Hall pray for peace. On October 28, 2019 the Sisters gathered to pray in a special way for peace in our world. With the Sisters, pray that peace will win over the hearts of all peoples.
Let there be peace in our hearts!
Let there be peace on our streets!
Let there be peace in our country!
Let there be peace in the world!
LET PEACE BEGIN WITH ME!
On Sunday, October 6, the Sisters in Camilla Hall prayed a Scriptural Rosary based on the Luminous Mysteries. The Prayer Intention was for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit to set the Church aflame with radical holiness, fidelity, and zeal for the Gospel. Pictures of Our Blessed Mother were on display which depicted how ethnic peoples see Our Lady. Some of the pictures reflected the Blessed Mother as African American, Peruvian, African, European, and Vietnamese.
Here at Camilla Hall, the Sisters gathered on September 11 to pray for the victims and their families. Still, there are so many who suffer from violence, so, prayer is offered for all innocent victims.
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