Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas

The SOLT Sisters wish you and your family a very happy and holy Christmas. We pray that this New Year will bring you closer to Jesus and Mary and deepen your joy and happiness. Thank you to all who have supported us and emailed us.


Let the light of Christ shine out to the world. Be not afraid.

God bless you.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Website Problems.....

Sorry folks, I am having some website problems. I hope to have this worked out as soon as possible, please check back with us later. (www.soltsisters.org)

thanks,
God bless you-
Please say a prayer that this is resolved!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Interesting Article

Here's an interesting article found in Time magazine about the changing ways of religious life. I find it fascinating that the public is picking up on what is bringing women back to the discernment of a religious vocation.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Suffering Part II

Well, much like the rain here in Seattle, the hard times that certain people suffer do not seem to end! Just the other day at Mass, we heard the Gospel of Jesus exhorting his disciples that "Whoever wishes to come after Me, must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me." Why does that still suprise us in our own life? I often ask myself that question. Sometimes it seems like we are jarred at the cost of living as a disciple. But as Jesus goes on to say in the same Gospel, we have to go into discipleship as an all-or-nothing deal. We can't begin this journey only to fall by the wayside half way through.

Perhaps one of the reasons why discipleship is so difficult for us is because we are afraid to die to ourselves. We are afraid to give the things that Jesus asks of us. To us, these things seem very big, but they aren't in comparison to what Jesus wants to give us in return. But because we don't see the way that God sees, we hold back a bit. We hesitate. We weigh the costs of this life following Christ.

Since we are afraid to die to ourselves we often invent our own path. People invent their own teachings of Jesus, they invent their own Churches, they interpret things to suite whatever lifestyle they would like to live. They invent their own God.

And this misses the point of taking up our cross and following Jesus. He doesn't ask us to carry our cross so we can be sad and miserable and so that God gets to be sadistic. We carry our cross for the same reason that Jesus did, because through the cross and that death on the cross comes new life. If we are afraid to die, then we are afraid to truly live.

Jesus knew how hard this would be. He know how hard it would be to truly deny ourselves, to give forgiveness to people who aren't sorry, to truly love those who persecute us. It's not easy. So that's when Jesus said, "In the world you will have trouble, but do not be afraid for I have conquered the world." That's good news. It's also good news that Jesus chooses to dwell with sinners. He chooses the weak, the struggling and sinners to dine with Him and be His friends.

So don't be afraid to go ever more deeply into Jesus. Tell Him what you think, the truth of it. Tell Him when you struggle and when you suffer. There isn't the smallest thing that God doesn't notice.

Persevere.
And be thankful.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Happy All Saints Day

We wish you a very happy All Saints Day! We join with the Church in thanking and praising God for all of His saints and we ask them to intercede for us to help us along our journey to eternity.

God bless you! :)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Miss Manners

Okay, Okay, I know this forum is usually reserved for ideas of a religious nature, but I would like to bring up something that affects us all- manners.

Now, I am not refering to the kinds of "manners" we often use to hide the truth or to say things that we don't really mean, I am referring to the day to day way we treat each other in this world.

I sometimes hear adults saying,"children these days have really lost their manners, they are so rude." Now perhaps we have all felt that way at times (and many of us have, considering that this topic has been mentioned even in the Old Testament!) and sometimes young people can be rude, but let's look up the river a bit and see where these children learn their manners, their way of treating others. Children learn from adults. They learn from us. And adults don't often give the best examples.

The Bible speaks so much about humility, in other words, simply living in the truth. When we are humble, we know ourselves and don't have to prove anything to people. We don't have to boast or belittle others or justify ourselves or try to use our power and wealth to push others around. When we are humble, we can accept correction or even ridicule from others and not have to retaliate or defend ourselves or hold a grudge. The sad thing is that for us adults, it is rare to know a truly humble person.

We tell our children to treat others with kindness and yet we gossip about other adults behind their backs. When we feel threatened or inferior, we lash out and try to cut others down before they can get us first. Sometimes we have to be the know-it-all at the office or play a role of putting others down and not giving them a chance to give the gift of their lives to us. We judge people quickly and put them in a box. It seems like we are all trying to grasp on to something, our good name or our perceived image of ourselves or whatever else makes us feel "valuable."
And yet we tell our kids to play nice!

I think a lot of this "rudeness" if you will, comes from the fact that most of us adults are still little kids in many ways-and not the best ways. We are afraid to open our hearts to God and let Him heal us of all our wounds of the past. We are apprehensive to go to God, our true Father, in all of our littleness and nakedness and tell Him the truth. He already knows the truth but somehow we are reserved in admitting the obvious. When we are closed to that healing, we will forever remain in our past. Stuck.

When we go to God, He reveals Himself to us and He reveals us to ourselves. We see that we are just creatures, prone to make mistakes and incapable of even understanding ourselves all the time, much less making judgements upon others. How limited is our vision. Yet, God penetrates that. We begin to see the goodness within and our true origin, children of God. We aren't our gifts or talents or possesions. Neither are we our faults, failings and losses. We are children of God.

If we truly live this, then we can let go. When someone is unkind to us, we can really begin to live the Gospel and return a blessing instead. When someone wrongs us or has damaged our past, we can allow Jesus us to truly teach us how to forgive, as He forgives us. And we grow. And we become like the children God wants us to be.

In case you haven't noticed, children observe everything. And although we'll never be perfect, if we allow God to begin the healing in our lives, our children will learn a much bigger lesson than our words could ever teach them. They will learn an eternal truth.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Our website

Hello,
Just a little news about our website, it's being reconstructed! So please be patient while all the, er,
kinks are worked out. I will try to post a brand-new and improved site as soon as I can. Until then, our blog is still up and running.

God bless you,
thank you for your prayers

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Suffering

I have been wanting to write this for quite some time but I have been, er, suffering from a lack of time to sort out these thoughts and type them (however labored) here.

Seriously, though, I don't know about you but it seems to me that so many people I know are really suffering right now. The types of suffering are vast; from a typhoon that greatly affected our community in the Philippines, to health problems, to family strife and on and on.

A couple weeks ago it really struck me that a lot of people are suffering. Whenever I see a news headline, it just reminds me all the more that people are truly suffering all over the world.

Now, granted that suffering is nothing new (and some of you are thinking, "Sister, I have been suffering for 20 years, tell me something new!") but, somehow it seems that we are all being prepared for something.

There isn't a grace that comes from God that is detached from suffering. I am convinced of this truth more and more. Why is that? It's not because God doesn't want us to have a "free ride" or "get something for nothing." It's not like that at all.

Suffering releases a rain of grace from God. It does that because that's the path that Jesus chose. Through His suffering, Jesus beat death and redeemed us. He didn't just cover our sin and make us look nice. Through His suffering He truly won us the grace to be completely transformed, to be brought back to our original integrity. That's the path of grace.

So, God must really be raining down some serious grace right now. He knows we all need it. So we continue to run the race so as to win. If you find that you have trouble accepting suffering in relation to yourself, trying offering it up for someone else. Say, "Jesus, I offer this suffering up for so-and-so, or for whomever You desire." You may be amazed at your capacity to suffer with joy when you realize that Jesus allows you to enter into His work. You don't have to wait for a big suffering, all of us encounter small things everyday. We all get tired or thirsty. We all have to wait in line or try to get along with others around us. We can offer anything.

Let the rain of grace pour out upon us all.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

1st Profession Pics






Congratulations to Sr. Mary Elisabeth of the Coronation Marks, Sr. Mary Aloysius of Jesus Kim and Sr. Maria Giovanni Paulo Orsini who made their 1st Profession on Vows on August 15th.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Our SOLT Mission of the Rebirth Center (care for drug addicts) for women in Thailand: I will post a history of this center soon (which is amazing!) but here are a few pictures of the women chanting the principals of the center, the words to their creed, some of the buiding, and the site of a future dining hall.

New School Year

Please say a prayer for all of the students and teachers as they head back to school. May God grant them peace of mind, widsom and an eagerness to learn all about His creation and marvels. A blessed new school year to you all!

The Bridge on the River Kwai

One of the amazing experiences that I had in Thailand was to visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and travel on the railroad built by the POWs. It was humbling and very sobering to visit the museum dedicated to those who lost their lives building the Thailand-Burma railway. Here are some pictures and video of the journey.



Below is the site of the one of the former POW camps (minus the modern housing). Also the actual living conditions of the people along the river (middle picture) and the river itself, flowing majestically through the lush hills.
The Museum dedicated to education about the "Death Railway" and the cemetery where many of the POWs were laid to rest. Also, the Bridge on the River Kwai (which was rebuilt after it was destroyed by allied bombs)

Sr. Mary Mediatrix

A very warm congratulations to Sr. Mary Mediatrix of all Graces Patterson who made her first Profession in Wales, England on August 15th.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Goodbye to Asia

I had to leave Asia early, before our International Assembly ended, so I hope that some of my sisters will send me some pictures to post of what I missed, so you can all share in our gathering. If you ever get a chance to go and visit some part of Asia, do it! I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and it will impact me forever. It was amazing just to see how other people live and how other cultures relate. Wow. I have more information and pictures I will post from some of our earlier experiences in Asia, I really want you to know more about our SOLT Rebirth Center in Thailand that serves drug addicted men and women. That was a profound experience.

So, I leave with you with some parting shots of my trip ;) from Taipei as a typhoon approached. May God continue to bless Asia, its land and people.

San Miguel





Our community took a little day trip by boat to the island of San Miguel. It was a sort of coming-home celebration for some of our SOLT members, who hadn't been back to the island in years. The people of the island came out in huge numbers to greet us and they performed some traditional (and more modern) dances as well. It was a great experience.



After we had general elections, our Founder blessed the new General Councils. The Sisters also had a celebration for those commorating 25 years or more of religious life. From l-r Sr. Mary of the Trinity Vaughan, Sr. Margaret Mary Loehr , Sr. Maria Teresa Pacheco and Sr. Marie Hesed Champagne. (my sincere apologies for the poor picture quality)

Perpetual Profession





The Perpetual Profession of Sr. Mary Agnes of the Triune God Abordo, Sr. Maria Fe Ayucardo and Sr. Rosary Marie Marollano at our International Assembly (one of our brothers made his perpetual promises at the same Mass). A perpetual profession is when a sister declares her desire to be espoused to Jesus perpetually, for all eternity. It is a moving ceremony that takes place during the Mass. The sister prostrates herself on the floor while the congregrations prays the Litany of the Saints, and the sister is then clothed with a scapular and a crown of flowers! Congratulations to the Sisters!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Here's our SOLT Community singing "Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity". The video doesn't really do the song justice but it is so beautiful to hear the entire community singing. Enjoy!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Opening Ceremony







You can see the statue of Our Lady with the flags representing our locations, a drawing by one of our seminarians, and some of our priests and sisters.

Down to business (sort of)











This is the opening ceremony for the assembly. The Thai, Philippine and Papua New Guinea members performed a cultural dance.