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                                                     The Origins of Ash Wednesday
                       What are the origins of Ash Wednesday and the use of ashes?


     "The liturgical use of ashes originated in Old Testament times.   Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance.   For instance, in the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus (or Xerxes, 485-464 BC) of Persia to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Est 4:1).   Job (whose story was written between 7th and 5th centuries BC) repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6).    Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel (c. 550 BC) wrote, "I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes" (Daniel 9:3).   In the 5th century BC, after Jonha's preaching of conversion and repentance, the town of Ninevah proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, and the king covered himself with sackcloth and ashes (Jonah 3:5-6).   These Old Testament examples evidence both a recognized practice of using ashes and a common understanding of their symbolism.

     Jesus Himself also made reference to ashes; Referring to towns that refused ....Read More

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The keynote of the Lenten forty day renewal is given by the divine Retreat Master in Ash Wednesday's Gospel:

    "When you fast, do not put on a gloomy look, like the hypocrites, for they neglect their personal appearance to let people see that they are fasting.   I tell you, that is all the reward they will get.   But when you fast, perfume your hair and wash your face, so that no one may see that you are fasting, except your Father who is unseen, and your Father who sees what is secret, will reward you.

    Do not store up riches on earth, where moths and rust destroy them, and where thieves break in and steal them, but store up your riches in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and where thieves cannot break in and steal them.   For wherever your treasure is, your heart will be also."
                                                                                         
(Matthew 6:16-21).






































































 God hears our cry and makes a covenant

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                                   Pope Francis-general audience-January 2016
                                     
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!

In Sacred Scripture, God’s mercy is present throughout the entire history of the people of Israel.

  With his mercy, the Lord accompanies the journey of the Patriarchs, gives them children despite being barren, leads them on paths of grace and reconciliation, as demonstrated by the story of Joseph and his brothers (cf. Gen ch. 37-50).   I think of the many brothers and sisters in a family who are distant and do not speak to each other.   This Year of Mercy is a good opportunity to meet again, embrace, forgive and forget the bad things.  But as we know, in Egypt, life is hard for the people.   It is precisely when the Israelites are about to give in to resignation, that the Lord intervenes and works salvation.
    
  One reads in the Book of Exodus: “In the course of those many days the King of Egypt died.  And the people of Israel groaned under their bondage, and cried out for help, and their cry under bondage came up to God.   And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.   And God saw the people of Israel, and God knew their condition” (2:23-25).   Mercy cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of the oppressed, to the cry of those who are subjected to violence, reduced to slavery, condemned to death.   It is a painful reality that afflicts every era, including ours, and which often makes us feel powerless, tempted to harden our heart and think of something else.   However, God “is not indifferent”.   He does not look away from our human pain.   The God of mercy responds and takes care of the poor, of those who cry out in desperation.   God listens and intervenes in order to save, raising men able to hear the groan of suffering and to work in favour of the oppressed.  
    
  And so begins the story of Moses as the mediator of freedom for the people.   He confronts the Pharaoh to convince him to let the Israelites depart; and he then leads the people, across the Red Sea and the desert, toward freedom. Moses — whom just after his birth, divine mercy saved from death in the waters of the Nile — becomes the mediator of that very mercy, allowing the people to be born to freedom, saved from the waters of the Red Sea.   In this Year of Mercy we too can do this work of acting as mediators of mercy through the works of mercy in order to approach, to give relief, to create unity.   So many good things can be done.   
    
  God’s mercy always operates to save.   It is quite the opposite of the work of those who always act to kill: for example, those who wage war.   The Lord, through his servant Moses, guides Israel in the desert as if Israel were a son, educates the people to the faith and makes a covenant with Israel, creating a bond of the strongest love, like that of a father with his child and of a groom with his bride.
    
  Divine mercy goes that far.   God offers a special, exclusive, privileged relationship of love.   When he gives instructions to Moses regarding the covenant, he says: “if you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my own possession among all peoples; for all the earth is mine, and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19:5-6).

    
  Of course, God already possesses all the earth because he created it; but his people become for him a different, special possession: his personal “reserve of gold and silver” such as King David stated he had given for .....Read More  



  Interested in Religious Life?
   Wonder what it's like to be a Nun?

     

     We are women who wish to invite you to consider the possibility of being what we are,
         
that is,
  Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph's Monastery! 

  • VOCATION RETREATS!
  • DISCERNING PASSIONIST LIFE!
  • SR. ROSE MARIE INVITES YOU TO BE ….
  • MY VISIT TO A PASSIONIST MONASTERY!

    Just click on the pictures above for:  #1 Vocation Retreat Information,  #2 Passionist Discernment, #3 Sr. Rose Marie's Invitation and  #4 My Visit To A Passionist Monastery!



  Contemplative Sharings

 We invite you to Reach out and grasp the Precious Jewel of Life - a Relationship of Intimate Love with Jesus Christ.
    
If you are struggling in discerning whether God is Calling we are happy to assist you in any way we can with the question of your vocation. Our intention is not to recruit, but to work with the Holy Spirit in the discernment of God's will. Please feel free to write with any questions you may have. Or if you would like more information at this time, you can contact us to share with us your requests by clicking on the picture below on the right Vocation Information.     

To share information or more about our Passionist Charism just click on the first picture above on the left for: The Contemplative Vocation, center picture for: The Sign - the special insignia of every Passionist, the picture on the right above for: Vocation Information.


To Share the Sister's stories and meditative prayer just click on the first picture on the left for: Novice Sr Maria Faustina's Vestition, the center picture for: Explore A Passionist Vocation, the picture on the right for: Vocation Stories.



   Mother's Notebook

   We continually find that our Passionist charism and contemplative way of life is not well known. Even though our religious Institute has been in existence since 1771, the good news about the cloistered Passionist vocation still remains somewhat hidden in the shadow of the cross, and there are strange ideas often floating around about it. This has prompted us to start a column here that will.."...Read More

With the pictures above we hope to acquaint you with three aspects of our way of life. To learn about more aspects of our life just go to "Mother's Notebook" which lists many more! Just click on the first picture on the left for: The Holy Eucharist, the center picture for: Our Passionist Habit, the picture on the right for: The Passionist Vows.



   Newsletter

Two or three times a year we publish a NEWSLETTER sharing all the various happenings and blessings that have been ours, our families and friends during the year. Just Click on the picture of our Crucified Lord above to share those blessings, sorrows and celebrations!


   GUEST HOUSE

Monasteries are usually founded in places of great natural beauty. No wonder people looking for something missing in their lives have instinctively been drawn to make a Retreat at monasteries where they can get back in touch with their deepest selves and their God-given destiny. Our Guest House and Chapel, located on a peaceful 170-acre site of beautiful woodlands, gives women and men of Catholic and other Christian denominations the opportunity..Read More


  • St. Joseph Watches Over His Guest House
  • Prayer Chapels Guest House Upper & Lower Levels
  • Guest House Bedrooms
  • Guest House Library
  • Reading & Quiet Meditation Guest Area
  • Guest House Dining Room
  • Hot Food & Salad Bar Serving Guest Dining
  • Large Meeting Room Lower Level Guest House
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The Passionist Oblate Family Expands! October 20th the solemnity of our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, was a glorious celebration here at the monastery, as we commemorated the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Oblates, and received 16 new members into the Oblate formation program. See new Oblates members in picture below!

  • 15TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDATION OF PASSIONIST OBLATES RECEIVE 16 NEW MEMBERS!
  • OBLATE PROCESSION AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE DEACON WILLIAM BACH READS THE GOSPEL (OBLATE DWAYNE ROBY SERVER)
  • L- R: OBLATE DEACON WM. BACH, FR. JOSEPH MILLS, FR. ROGER HUNTER-HALL,  BISHOP WM. MEDLEY, FR. RAY CLARK, MSGR. BERNARD POWERS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE ANIMATORS, DEBBIE WARD, DAN HOWARD BESTOW PASSION SIGN PINS ON JANIE & MARGARET DURING THE CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • A GLIMPSE OF THE RECEPTION FOR GUESTS AFTER THE ANNIVERSARY MASS

   Faith Resources

The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit. The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church. This teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the pope, to the bishops and then to all Catholics.
    
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