Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter updates

It's been a long time. It has been busy here at the house these days. I did not post much during Lent. I wanted to keep more silence than usual, saving my thoughts for God, trying to hear Him more. Then the Triduum came and there was a lot of work at our Chapel, linens, ironing, flowers, Cross, etc.

Our services were beautiful. On Thursday the Superior General and her council washed feet before the Agape. It was a beautiful experience, not only the washing but the experience of family, the intimacy of washing feet and breaking bread together, as Jesus and the apostles. Then, after the supper, our Triduum retreat started. We had Mass, the transfer of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration.

Friday was a sad day. Even knowing that Saturday night the world will resound with Gloria's and Alleluias, the day is sad. I have a tape of the Stations of the Cross. It really is poetry, a romance, depicting Jesus' great love for us. It was written by Fr. Benjamin Sanchez Espinoza, a Mexican priest who first published his poetry under the pseudonym of Fra. Asinello (which I believe it means little donkey in Italian) I used this tape for meditation often during Lent and Good Friday. There is a frase that says in the first station: "You were condemned by two silences, one a silence of fear, one a silence of love" ....) I had a hard time moving on to the second station because the great love of Christ for us becomes so much more evident on Good Friday.

Saturday was again busy with preparations for Chapel. This year it was my honor to glorify the Cross. I chose to use birds as a theme for resurrection because to me they represent the freedom that through his death and resurrection Jesus gifted us with.

The music for Saturday night and Sunday was beautiful thanks to Sr. Kathleen, our choir director. One of these days I'm going to learn how to record digitally and how to upload so that I can brag about the beautiful voices of my Sisters.

Easter is here! Happy Resurrection time! May the words of the Exultet continue to make our hearts dance and to make us free to love and to serve our living Lord!

Happy Easter!


oblatofranciscano said...

al fin....feliz pascua ! animo hermana ...para responder a tu pregunta ..fue en xoctla puebla...the house was from the generalate of the sisters of mexico city..i was on retreat.. they are right next to a franciscan hermitage...thank you for sharing about easter...helga una pregunta prayer always easy for you???pablo isof


just gave me formal petition to amke first profession ...i will know is may pray for me

sr betsy said...

Happy Easter and welcome back! Thanks for sharing your Easter story :)

Chema said...

¡Feliz Pascua de Resurrección! Hermana Helga, desde España.

Helga said...


Entonces si te aprueban, cuando haces tus votos?

Les voy a escribir a las Hermanas y les voy a preguntar sobre la casa de Xoctla.

Para responder a la segunda, no, la oracion no siempre es facil. Hay veces que no siento como si orara, pero entonces es cuando mas oro, mas por fidelidad que por ganas. Pero Dios me manda sus ternuras de vez en cuando y eso me da animos para seguir adelante.

Helga said...

Hi Sr. Betsy!

How are you doing? Happy Easter to you too!

Helga said...


Felices Pascuas de Resurreccion. De que parte de Espana eres?

Nosotras tenemos aqui una catalana. Es una Hermana Pediatra, ahorita esta terminando su residencia en el hospital pediatrico aunque en estos precisos momentos se encuentra en Africa (por un mes) estudiando y trabajando con ninos con Sida. Pide por ella, por favor

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Lisa said...

A grace-filled Easter season to you, S. Helga! May these fifty days be filled with Alleluias!!!