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Leave-taking

2017-08-21T14:42:56+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Meditation, News|

Sister's remains in the chapel just before Holy Mass Leave-taking. In German it is "Abschiednehmen" which simply means "goodbye." Life indeed is a welcome and goodbye. Just as we were welcoming the new born King, our God-with-us, the Immanuel, we bade farewell to our Sister who was called by God into eternity last December [...]

Christmas Cribs

2017-08-21T14:37:32+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Motherhouse in Steyl, News|Tags: |

As I have mentioned in my Blog entry of December 18: "Nativity Set" that we have so many Christmas Cribs in the house, I would like to give you a short tour. Some of them are in the work rooms of the Sisters. Some are improvised and self-assembled, made out of old Christmas cards, some where [...]

Blessed Christmas!

2017-08-21T14:35:01+00:00 December 25th, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Meditation, News|Tags: |

It's Christmas! The excitement and joy is felt the whole day of December 24. In the evening, at 7:45, our Crib procession began in the Founders' room, where we all gathered together. Three SVD priests came: Fr. Herman Puhl, the main celebrant, Fr. Tony Pates and Fr. Renato Gnata, both members of the Arnold Janssen Spirituality [...]

Polish Christmas Tradition

2017-08-21T14:30:33+00:00 December 24th, 2015|Categories: Anecdote, Culture, News|Tags: , |

We had today a taste of Polish Christmas tradition. After our "Agape" after the midnight Mass, while four of us were still lingering by the crib in the corridor, our Polish Sisters passed by with a wagon full of goodies. They invited us to join them. Curious to know what they were, we followed them [...]

Empty Crib

2017-08-21T14:18:14+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Meditation|Tags: |

An empty crib! I remember when we were still young sisters, fresh from the world...Our first Advent and Christmas season in the convent was exciting - for me, especially. Everything was very solemn and surrounded by mystery. At the beginning of Advent we were introduced by our Aspirant Directress to the practice of putting a hay on [...]

Nativity Set

2017-08-21T14:22:01+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: Anecdote, Devotions, Meditation|Tags: , |

Our Sisters are very busy today putting last finishing touches on our Nativity set. There are several places in the house where we put up our nativity set. Well, surely, one set could be enough, but we can't have enough of Christmas either! We celebrate our Lord's birthday only once a year and we want to [...]

Christmas Song

2017-08-21T14:13:02+00:00 December 13th, 2015|Categories: Anecdote, News|Tags: , |

Fr. Egide Muziazia, an SVD from Congo, stationed here in St.Michael's Missionhouse in Steyl, taught us today a Christmas song in French, his main language, and a "Kyrie" in the native Swahili. He wants us to sing them on the second day of Christmas when he will celebrate Holy Mass with us - and surely he will accompany us [...]

Holy Year of Mercy

2017-08-21T14:09:09+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Categories: Invitation, News|Tags: , |

Today, December 8, 2015, Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally launching the Holy Year of Mercy, at the Vatican. During his homily, he highlighted the primacy of grace. “Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures,” Pope Francis said. “But the promised triumph [...]