Dear Prayer Partner,
Thank you so much for your prayers! A newsletter will be in the mail soon. Praise God, I have completely recovered from the surgery that removed a benign tumor from behind my heart in March, and the surgeon confirmed that I do not even need to go back for any more follow up visits. We had two wonderful visits with Mother Julia at the Maryknoll motherhouse in July and August.
Sr. Catherine and Sr. Faustina are doing well in Russia. They are helping to prepare four children for baptism. One of the little girls, age six was not sure she wanted to be baptized, and her parents were waiting, but this past Sunday, she came and asked for baptism. She said that Jesus came to her in a dream, and told her that she and her mom, dad and sister would all go to heaven! The Catholic student group continues to grow and there are more students at Mass this year than in the past. Sr. Catherine is very involved with one-on-one mentoring and healing programs for adults and spiritual direction. The sisters sang at the dedication of the new Catholic Church in Nakhodka on October 14, "Our Lady of the Pacific."
Sr. Joanna and I are well in St. Joseph, Missouri. We hope to move into the new convent by Christmas. We are very involved with sacred music at the parish and for the school Masses, and with catechesis, too. Rachel's Vineyard retreats for healing after abortion continue here in Missouri and across Russia!
Prayer for the deceased for this month of November:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Gratefully in Christ,
Mother Stella on behalf of the Sisters in Jesus the Lord
PS I was on EWTN Friday, November 10 on "EWTN News In Depth: Spirituality, Faith & Work of Women Religious." It's now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ERMPtGGhdMo?si=IQfv4JdZ14XYW8GXAlso, see "The Russian Influence on an Order's Maroon Habit | EWTN News In Depth November 10, 2023": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm-xuUwAdLE
Prayer Partners: Please pray that young women who have a vocation to the missionary life will come, and that our community will develop according to God's plan.
Our community, Sisters in Jesus the Lord, is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) who was a sister of the Visitation Order in France was responsible for spreading the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus throughout the Church. She said in one of her letters:
"It seems to me that our Lord's earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure.
A prayer that we sisters say daily is the following:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Have Mercy on us
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Inflame our hearts with Your love
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Help us to make You known and loved by all