From the Heart of Sister Ida

These are Sister Ida's own words that we have shared in our Joyful Apostolate Newsletter under this Feature Category

Opportunity to strengthen our commitment

Sister Ida wrote this to the Sisters in September 1975; it is perfect for today’s Covid reality. The spirit of our Community is to live our baptismal commitment to the fullest in faith, hope and charity, with the added powers given to us by the Spirit of God, loving as our Lord loves. This is […]

Our Summer Activities

What did we do in the summer?  We had Girls’ Camp, Family Camp, home-visiting, University studies, 8-day Retreat (for all of the Sisters), 30-day Retreat for two Sisters, 50th and 25th Jubilee celebration for four Sisters (editors’ addition in italics). Now you know all about our summer. Or, do you?  These are the facts, the […]

God’s name is “Love”

The very first Girls’ Camp we planned was sort of scary; we were wondering how all the work and effort we put into it was going to work out. We knew that a great deal of good would come because we took it as a faith experience. Look around. What is there that you cannot [...]

The Miracle of God’s love!

I am sure we will be amazed in heaven when we will know the fullest story of our vocations and God’s tender loving care in calling us.  It is truly a marvel and miracle how God gave us life, and how He tended this life for such a long time and made it grow. All […]

We are one body in Christ

The comments and prayer below are from the first General Chapter in 1976. We are one body in Christ, not because we chose it but because we were chosen. Christ chose us, He called us, and He is sending us to fulfill His mission: “Who is going to tell about the Father? Who is going […]

The origin of our 5 Step Illustrated Method for teaching religion

It is not just what we say but who we are that preaches to the people and is the source of apostolic action.  We are being sent on a mission. Jesus said, “I send you.” (John 20:21). Being sent on a mission is not a work we assume on our own. Apostolate is not just […]

The Kingdom of God

We know that the Kingdom is not only the Kingdom to come when we see God in glory, but the Kingdom is already here.

Thanksgiving with the Communion of Saints

Faithfulness with gratitude is a shortcut to heaven.  There is a time to remember what the Lord has done for each one of us.  We have experienced this in so many great and small ways.  I give thanks to God for our Sisters' faithfulness and love for God for Community and for the people of [...]

What is our original inspiration?

“What is our original inspiration? It is to honestly convey the message that there is a God who is real, who is alive, and He loves you and cares for you and He is very close. And that it isn’t true that you have to “measure up” through your own efforts or doing to be […]

We fall on our knees before our Savior and give Him thanks

We fall on our knees before our Savior and give Him thanks: 1. For coming among us and that we can know Him. We thank Him for giving so much light of His own light. The “Light of the world” shed His most precious rays on us, and in His light we found the best [...]

God calls each one of us

Sister Ida recognized her call to consecrated religious life when she was 17 years old (pictured), and joyfully gave her life to our Lord, teaching and sharing with us up to the day she died.  God works in wonderful and mysterious ways.  When did God call me?  God calls each one of us in person.  […]

You are the Beloved!

Really, who are we?  What does the world say?  The world says, “You are what people say about you.” “You are what you do.”  “You are what you have.” What does God say?  God says, “You are the beloved.”  It does not matter to God the Father what people say about you, or what you […]

The Joy of the Resurrection

The joy of the Resurrection must be part of our lives. The world can look at John Paul II and believe him. He is a Resurrection person. We each have to be a Resurrection person: we have to do all we can to learn what it means to not only live in the shadow of […]

Our Blessed Mother’s place in our life

Our Blessed Mother has a place in our life which we do not have to make for her. All we have to do is discover what her role is, and who she really is in our life. God chose Mary from all eternity for a very special role. She had real freedom to say “Yes” […]

God makes His home in you

Jesus says, “If you love me, I will make my home in you.” What is a home? It is a place where you are loved, cared for, missed, accepted as you are, home is where you belong. This home is offered to each of us in the Heart of Christ. Jesus said, “Where two or […]

The Holy Trinity is very specially present among us during a Chapter

The Holy Trinity is very specially present among us during a Chapter. I was praying over the letter that Cardinal Pironio from the Congregation for Consecrated Life wrote about General Chapters of religious congregations. He is saying very strongly that the Chapter is a penitential celebration. Why?  He explains and he brings this out clearly: […]

There is no one more charming than Jesus Christ

There is no one more charming than Jesus Christ. He is most human, not in the sense of having weaknesses and defects, but in the sense of understanding and loving human nature. He is real God and real man. He has a real Heart with real emotions, real sentiments of love. No one understands human […]

We are drawn to be united to God

God cannot not love us. He loves us! Why? Not for any secondary reasons like what we have or what we do. He loves us because of who we are. In a magnet there are two separate poles. A magnet draws objects to itself which are similar in substance to the magnet. Although we cannot […]

God called our Community into existence

It was God who called our Community into existence. The original inspiration is very much from God, it is His work. Our original inspiration is to spread the goodness of our Lord, to let people know what God is like, that He has a loving Heart, that He loves you and cares for you; how […]

Seek the face of the Lord

Consent to God’s gift of Himself as Mary did at the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-56) “Be it done to me according to your word.” She was overwhelmed with joy seeing herself as loved by God. When we receive the word of God when we open Scriptures, do we have the same wonder as Mary did?  Can […]

Our True Worth

If we had three vessels: one glass, one large plastic and one smaller gold cup, which one would be most precious? If we were lost in a hot and dry desert, which one would be most precious for us? If all three vessels were empty, we would discard them all because they would be nothing […]

Jesus is our Hope

Do we have hope today? In the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus was born, there is great hope, great rejoicing. Those who came to see Him in the manger were filled with hope and joy. Later, in the temple, the old man, Simeon, had his hope fulfilled. It was the same with […]

Be with God in your “Inner space”

Jesus promised that what we ask from the Father in His Name, He will give to us.  We can ask the Father in Jesus’ Name to renew our hearts, minds and souls, to give us unity in our families, to help us to see God’s goodness and love, and to respond. So many times we […]

God has reserved a spot in your heart for Himself

When we light a candle in the twilight, we can see much more of the candle than in daylight.  Its light penetrates the darkness, and makes it disappear.  Once we have light around us, we can see. There is darkness in the center of a candle light.  If we wanted to remove that little dark […]

My greatest joy: Being in His Presence

Sometimes we seem to know much better how to serve, to do things, than simply just “to be” in God’s company, enjoying His love and His presence.  The joy which comes with contemplations comes from our relationship, our consciousness of God’s love for us, and that we are always present to Him.  His love and […]