Dear Prayer Partner,
Greetings in Christ!
So much has happened since the beginning of September! Thank you all for your prayers for my safe return to the US after five weeks with Sr. Catherine and Sr. Faustina in Russia. Some of you know that I was bit by a dog the evening before leaving Vladivostok and ended up in urgent care and came home with a bandaged right hand. I took the overnight ferry from Vladivostok to Korea and did not know how I was going to manage with my luggage from the ferry station to the train station to the airport express train to get to Incheon airport. Also, I was instructed that the bandage needed to be changed by a doctor before getting on the plane, and I did not know anyone in Seoul.
God worked a miracle! A Korean gentleman on the boat asked if I was Russian, and I said that I was American. It turns out that he studied abroad at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 1970's, which is where I studied Russian for four years in our early years in St. Paul. He was delighted to meet someone who had been to his same college, and we sat and visited for a little while. He said that his driver was meeting him, his colleague and his son at the ferry station, and offered that I could ride with them to Seoul! Then, when I asked if he could recommend a doctor, he knew a wonderful Catholic orthopedic doctor, and arranged an appointment. The doctor gave me different antibiotics, cleaned the wound, and said that if I could return the next day, he would do stitches. The businessman sent his driver to my hostel the next day, I got the stitches, and was driven back to the airport. On board, they provided me with ice packs the whole way home, and a doctor in St. Joseph, Mo confirmed that the stitches were well done. Six weeks later, the scar is still fading, but I am so grateful to God, the businessman and the doctor for their goodness to me! I have full use of my right hand.
Sr. Catherine and Sr. Faustina are well. The roof is done! The stairwell has been torn up since early September, as some plumbing pipes needed to be replaced. As part of that, a hole ended up in the wall into the kitchen, and a rat appeared! Thankfully, our cat is back and the rat seems to have run away. The stairwell walls are being replastered, too, so the sisters are frequently covered in white dust. Most importantly, though, the student group is doing very well—with several interested in baptism—a new Catholic discussion group has started for adults on Sundays, and the parish choir is getting stronger again! Praise God, there are no new restrictions on the churches.
We are also excited that work is starting on the Cathedral Convent in St. Joseph, which will have fourteen cells total, some for guests until we are blessed with more sisters! Work on redoing the plumbing begins November 12. Legion of Mary, Cathedral Choir, catechesis on Sundays and Sr. Joanna's studies at Benedictine College are all going well. We had a vocation discernment retreat Oct. 21-23 and are planning our next one February 17-19 (firstname.lastname@example.org to register).
Mother Julia is with her sisters at Maryknoll for now in upstate New York. She would love to hear from you! Her address: Mother Julia Kubista, MM/ Maryknoll Sisters/ PO Box 311/ Maryknoll, NY 10545. Many of you might not know that Mother Julia entered Maryknoll in 1960, and since 2003, it has been her work to found our community!
Your prayers make all the difference for helping hearts to be converted and our work to continue in Russia!
With gratitude in Christ,
Mother Stella, CJD, on behalf of all the Canonesses (Sisters) in Jesus the Lord
My God! I recommend to Thee the souls of my relations,
my benefactors, my friends and my enemies,
and of those who are in Purgatory on my account.
I recommend to Thee the souls of evangelical laborers,
of Religious and priests,
and especially of those who had charge of my soul.
I recommend to Thee the souls of those
who were most devout to the passion of Our Lord,
to the Blessed Sacrament,
to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the souls who are most abandoned,
those who suffer most,
and those who are nearest to the entrance into paradise.
Prayer to Our Suffering Savior For the Souls in Purgatory by St. Alphonsus Liguori
O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them, O Lord, Have mercy on them.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel crucifixion, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the cross, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
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