Friday, November 30, 2007

About the human spirit, the desire to live and God

I wish I could say something but the only thing that comes to my mind are the words of St. Paul: "For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10 or "God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong" 1 Corinthians 1:27

We have an awesome God who delights in us. Praised be the Incarnate World!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sister Celestine

It is with great sadness and joy that I ask for prayers for Sister Celestine Pulido who died this morning suddenly after a short battle with a complicated condition I never really understood. I also ask for prayer for her family. It is always so hard to let go...
Sister Celi, as she was affectionately known among the Sisters, was a native of Brownsville, Texas, and she entered into religious life with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, on August, 14th, 1955.

Sister Mary Celestine’s first encounter with the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters was at the Catholic elementary school, Immaculate Conception, where she attended during her early years. Sister Mary Celestine emphasized the fact that the sisters who taught at Immaculate Conception school were her “first teachers”. During her junior year at Villa Maria High School, she began to discern about becoming a religious sister. Two of the Incarnate Word sisters that made an important impact on her life, and served as her inspiration upon entering the convent, were Sister Mary Claude McManus and Sister Mary Bernard Mehan.

Sister Mary Celestine didn’t find making the decision to enter into religious life difficult; however, her father had other plans for his only daughter. Her father wanted her to enter into the field of nursing, but that was not to be. The call for religious life was too strong and soon proved to overrule her father’s plan for her. He finally decided to let her enter at the age of nineteen.

Sister Mary Celestine served in many ministries, primarily in school administration and teaching. When asked the question what has been the best part of being a sister, her response was “The greatest joy of my religious life has and always will be administering to the people of God, and serving others”. Sister Mary Celestine recently celebrated her fiftieth Golden Jubilee of religious life. May she rest in peace. Praised be the Incarnate Word!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

This is Rose, our new novice. I really wanted to make her a veil, but I figured her yellow will make her stand out anyway.

Rose went to visit the kids at the kindergarten and they liked each other so much she hasn't come home yet. I believe she will have to repeat the canonical year. Meanwhile, let's sing her song....."There's a yellow Rose in Texas that I
m going to see...." This is Texas y'all!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Inter Community Novitiate

I'm back in the blogging world. I had been away because we had our Inter Community Novitiate meetings. We had two; one in Dallas, Oct. 21-24 and the second one was here in Corpus Christi, Nov. 12-14. The topic in Dallas was prayer and the one here in Corpus was on the vow of celibacy. We had novices from all over Texas: 5 Dominican Brothers of the Southern Provice (Albert the Great) 2 Mercy Sisters, 1 Cordimarian Sister, 1 Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 1 Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth and Sr. Theresa and myself.

We still have two more sessions to go. The next one will be in San Antonio in February and then the next one in Laredo, TX sometime after that. The meeting gave us much food for the soul. I know it will take us all a while to process everything but being novices we are all privileged with time for this. By the way, the meeting was also lots of fun! If you doubt it, just look at the slide show which was prepared by Sr. Theresa.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Of my mother, poetry and novitiate

I called my mother last night. She heard good news from the cardiologist. No heart problems, only a little rheumatic pain. After I heard the news, my own pain that I've had in the center of my stomach, disappeared. I hadn't notice I had it until it was gone. Thanks be to God who is never outdone in generosity!

Among other things, I received this book where two
of my poems were published. As some know, I studied Lengua y Literatura Hispánica ( Hispanic Language and Literature) most people think it's just Spanish, but it isn't, it's different (I also have a minor in Translation which as been a lot more useful than the B.A.) Anyway, the literary magazine Novosantanderino published two of my poems.

I will translate one of them here.

To Rebeca's Eyes

Lost in the immensity

of night...

Navigating among stars

or maybe climbing the moons

of imagination...

Maybe breathing memories

and far-away smiles,

evoking the mockingbird

with the song of your soul...

Meanwhile, everything's calm,

the sun shines, the desert keeps silent,

your soul is motionless, your cup intact.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I have been away. I know. It is hard for me to even begin to put the story together, but to make it short I shall say that I had to go home to attend to a sick mother and to see a cousin who's very, very ill. I ask for your prayers for my mother who will see the cardiologist today and for my 25 year old cousin who's fighting for his life in a hospital in Mexico due to diabetes and multiple organ failure.

Otherwise things are going well at the novitiate but I'm very, very worried. I can't help it, but I like to always think of one of the first phrases that caught my attention in the Spanish Liturgy of the Hours and that is: "Dios nunca se deja ganar en generosidad para con sus hijos e hijas" (God is never outdone in generosity towars his sons and daughters)

May the Incarnate Word continue to bless us and teach us even in the midst of the hard times. May He strenghten my vocation and my resolve to follow him "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part."