Our Charism in a word: Hope
“The Virgin Mary, Mother of Hope … who incarnated the hope of Israel, who gave the world its Savior, and who remained at the foot of the Cross with steadfast hope, is our model and our support.”
-Pope Benedict XVI- 24th World Youth Day, March 4, 2009
As the Blessed Mother, in full and humble surrender to our Lord’s choosing, proclaimed herself to be the handmaid of the Lord, so we, her daughters by grace, wish to imitate Mary’s ‘Yes’ in being Messengers of Hope, bringing the life-giving message of God’s healing, forgiving love and mercy to every soul.
The Reason for Our Hope
ONE VERY HOLY DAY, about 2,000 years ago, an Infant was brought to the Temple in Jerusalem, held by His Mother, Mary, who, together with her husband, Joseph, had come, according to the Law of Moses, to offer Him to God. In the Temple that day was a righteous, devout Jew named Simeon. It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah, the consolation–the hope–of Israel. Seeing Mary and Joseph with the Child, the very One for whom Simeon waited, Simeon took the Infant in his arms and praised God in these immortal words, recorded for all time in the Gospel of St. Luke (2:29-32):
Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, in peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes have seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations and the glory of Thy people Israel.
Simeon’s prayer has been recited and sung through the ages by millions of the faithful together with religious, priests, bishops and popes and has become the night prayer of the Church (Compline), known in Latin as the Nunc Dimittus, taken from the first two words of the canticle, “Now dismiss . . . “.
The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, which our beloved Saint John Paul II fittingly chose as the “Day of Consecrated Life,” is a glorious feast day for the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas
O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we fall help us to rise again and return to Him through the confession of our faults and our sins in the Sacrament of penance, which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love of all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our consciences, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all others true joy and peace, which come to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. – St. John Paul II
O glorious St. Joseph, to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. We come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us.
Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of His holy Church. We consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration they may become your foster children.
Guard them, guide their steps in life, form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Saint Joseph, who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent when the child Jesus was lost, protect our dear children for time and eternity. May you be their father and counsellor.
Let them, like Jesus, grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace before God and men. Preserve them from the corruption of his world, and give us the grace one day to be united with them in Heaven forever. Amen.
Glorious St. Benedict who taught us the way to religious perfection by the practice of self-conquest, mortification, humility, obedience, prayer, silence, retirement and detachment from the world, we kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take our present need under your special protection (mention here).
Vouchsafe to recommend it to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for us until our request is granted. Above all, obtain for us the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints to praise Him through all eternity.
O most powerful Saint Benedict, do not let us lose our souls, but obtain for us the grace of winning our way to heaven, there to worship and enjoy the most holy and adorable Trinity forever and ever. Amen.
Saint Francis de Sales
Peaceful conqueror of souls! Pontiff beloved of God and man! We venerate thee as the perfect imitator of the sweetness and gentleness of Jesus. Having learnt of him to be meek and humble of heart, thou didst, according to His promise, possess the land. Nothing could resist thee. Heretics, however obstinate; sinners, however hardened; tepid souls, however sluggish; all yielded to the powerful charm of thy word and example . . .
Pray for us to Our Lord, that our charity may be ardent like thine; that the desire of perfection may be ever active within us; that we may gain that introduction to a devout life which thou hast so admirably taught; that we may have that love of our neighbor, without which we cannot hope to love God; that we may be zealous for the salvation of souls; that we may be patient and forgive injuries, in order that we may love one another, not only in word and in tongue, but as thy great model says, in deed and in truth.