God is very good! As providence would have it, my second grade classes just finished reading/studying Amy Welborn’s book Friendship with Jesus. What a better way to connect with current events than to have just wrapped up two weeks of reflecting on the Pope’s wisdom?!
Friendship with Jesus is a beautiful dialogue between Pope Benedict and children preparing for their First Communion. Amy Welborn is the editor and Ann Kissane Engelhart is the illustrator. (Great interview with Ann Engelhart here!) First I read the book aloud the children and then they went back and reread it on their own. We made our own journals of our friendship with Jesus, comprised of reflection questions, illustrations, and scripture quotes.
My favorite part of the book is when Pope Benedict describes Eucharistic Adoration as “an embrace with Jesus.” I am very blessed to have a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration as part of my community prayer. Furthermore, it’s a gift to teach in a school where we have Exposition and a time of quiet in front of the Blessed Sacrament each week. For the second graders, this is an especially powerful time of prayer as they look to deepen their friendship with Jesus and look forward to their First Communion in a few months!
Please pray for us and know that we’re praying for you! And certainly hold in prayer our beloved Holy Father and his successor!
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Posted in Nun Life on February 1, 2013|
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The latest Women of the Heart newsletter has been published! You can find it here. This addition offers reflections from our novices “on mission” (engaged in part-time ministry and living in community). It also includes a picture of our postulants at Mount Sacred Heart.
And, I’m a little late–but better late than never–in celebrating the kick-off to our Centennial Celebration in St. Louis.
Students play on Sacred Heart Villa’s playground. (1948?)
Learning to read at St. Ambrose School.
Five Sisters (Mother Hildegarde Campodonico, Sr. Berchmans Oliva, Sr. Marie Citterio, Sr. Emilia Bove, Sr. Margaret Fazio) journeyed from Connecticut to this Midwestern city for the same reason the Apostles had already travelled from Italy at the turn of the century. They came first to Boston and then to New Haven in order to serve Italian immigrants who were struggling and to preserve their Catholic, moral and cultural life in the “New World.” Fr. Cesar Spigardi, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians or “the Italian Church”—as it was deemed—reached out to the Apostles whom he had met in 1912 while in New Haven giving a mission. He saw in the Sisters the zeal and charity necessary to help him renew the faith of his flock. The Apostles arrived in St. Louis on January 24, 1913 and began teaching in the new parish school almost immediately. From downtown, the sisters’ mission expanded to the Hill in 1940 at Sacred Heart Villa and 1941 at St. Ambrose School. The Apostles went to Our Lady of Good Counsel in North County in 1953 and built Cor Jesu Academy in Affton in 1965. For the past 100 years, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served in more than 35 schools, parishes, and other ministries in St. Louis and Kansas City.
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