/Devotions

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 [...]

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 [...]

Advent Tradition

2017-08-21T14:06:06+00:00 December 6th, 2015|Categories: Devotions, News|Tags: , |

We have beutiful Advent traditions in the cloister. One of them is singing Advent hymns and listening to touching stories read before us about Advent or anything that generally speaks of God's goodness and love, of man's trust and hopes, of  faith journeys, forgiveness, etc. During Sunday recreation, we gather around the Advent wreath with lighted candles. [...]

Advent Season

2017-08-18T11:08:39+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Meditation, News|Tags: , |

We start today the Advent Season, the beginning of a new Liturgical Church Year. Advent means "coming," a word that connotes "waiting." It is a season of expectant waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in the "flesh" - for his birth. We await his coming in the flesh, we await also his second coming in glory! [...]

All Souls’ Day

2017-08-18T10:51:09+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Invitation, Meditation, Motherhouse in Steyl|Tags: |

Today we are celebrating the All Souls' Day. After we have celebrated the Feast of all the Saints yesterday, we now commemorate all the departed. We owe them our prayers and whatever help we can extend to them by way of sacrifices and works of mercy, so that they may soon enter the gates of [...]

All Saints’ Day

2017-08-18T10:48:56+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Meditation|Tags: |

It's November 1, All Saints' Day! We start a new month with all the Saints! We remember today not only the canonized Saints, but also all the Saints that are not officially canonized by the Church but had lived a life of holiness during their lifetime. They were the ones who had passed through trials and [...]

A 24-hour, Non-stop Service

2017-08-18T10:46:34+00:00 October 31st, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Motherhouse in Steyl, Prayerlife|Tags: |

Today, October 31, is the last day of our Rosary  devotion. This does not mean that we stop praying it. By no means! The communal praying of the rosary ends today, but we continue praying the rosary privately. Besides when we have night adoration, we are encouraged to pray it, especially for priests.  You who have entrusted [...]

New Stations of the Cross

2017-08-17T14:27:18+00:00 June 27th, 2015|Categories: Devotions, Motherhouse in Steyl, News|Tags: |

This afternoon our new Stations of the Cross in the garden was blessed by Fr. Tony Gelinck, SVD. We started the prayers in the chapel, afterwards we went outside for the blessing. After it was solemnly blessed, we prayed the whole Stations, with the Sisters taking turns in leading the prayer. After the blessing we [...]