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How to Live a Life of Courage

“You will lack nothing if God is with you. Be a woman of great courage…” -St. Maria De Mattias, foundress of the Adorers

Courage often seems like a daunting virtue. Many of our stories about courage make us think we have to become a great, strong hero to be courageous when in reality, courage in our everyday life is the momentum that helps us grow.

The most courageous thing you can do is take the next right step, whatever that is. Sometimes that’s telling the truth when you’d rather not. Sometimes it’s admitting you were wrong.

Sister Barbara finds joy

In third grade I declared to anyone who asked or would listen, that I was going to be a Sister.

I was touched very deeply by the peace, joy, and the ability to find enjoyment in the simple things in life. This is what I experienced and saw lived out in the lives of Sisters in my home parish, Our Lady of the Atonement, Kinston, N.C.

A year after graduating from high school, I joined the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania. I found out soon enough that religious living in community was a perfect fit for me.

Sister Kate Reid, ASC

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ that I met at St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis were on a mission to educate women—confident, competent, Catholic women. A sign in freshman homeroom said, “The true Teresan dares to be different.” This was not a girl’s finishing school; it was more like a launching pad!

That is probably why I joined the sisterhood when the desire that my life ‘make a difference’ in a bigger world stirred in me.

Our foundress, Maria DeMattias, told us our lives, like the Blood of Christ, are to be signs of God’s love poured out in ALL-embracing and empowering love.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital opens Labyrinth

roseBy Maggie Menderski – Reprinted with permission from The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill.

Sister Rose McKeown’s vision for Taylorville Memorial Hospital has finally come full circle.

You can often find her walking the curves of it.

For the past decade, McKeown, the hospital’s pastoral care chaplain, has wanted to open a labyrinth for patient, staff, visitor and community use. The spiral-like pathways encourage contemplative walking and inner peace, and McKeown hoped the tool could ease the sometimes-stressful hospital environment. This May, the hospital gave her use of the old gift shop,

An Unlikely Vocation Story! 

By Sister Mary Kevin

If you think you couldn’t possibly have a vocation to consecrated life, if you think you absolutely don’t fit the model, (judging of course, by your love of the guys, your lack of really serious prayer, and whatever else doesn’t fit your vision of “the holy sister”), I would like to inform you that God will not be put in a box.  A case in point is my own story of God’s ways.

Coming from a family with eight children we would sit around the dining room table and dream of what we’d be when we grew up,

Five questions to ask yourself before making any decision

I’m the kind of person who struggles to decide between green tea or chai tea while in line at the coffee shop. I’m the kind of person who is late to their next appointment because I spent 45 minutes staring at all the face wash options at Target without having any idea how to choose.

I know I can’t be the only one struggling to decide on things. Small things, big things, all the things.

So when it comes to choosing a career or whether or not to follow a call to religious life, I’m totally lost.

I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.

The career question is an important one. But I’ve discovered a question that’s more important: what kind of person do I want to be?

Not answering that fundamental question is like not planting a seed and still expecting something to grow. So, what kind of person do you want to be?

What kind of person do you want to be?

Here’s an exercise to try:

  1. Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle.
  2. At the top of each column, write a name of someone whose life you truly admire (so you should have two names total).

What does courage look like?

Courage looks different for everyone because fear affects everyone differently. Most sisters have as part of their vocation story a turning point where they overcame the consistent fear of their calling and asked for help or asking a sister questions about what it would like to begin the process.