Jesus is Our Hope: “The Most Important Thing is That He Saves!” ~ Pope Francis

“Jesus saves!” said Pope Francis. “These healings, these words that reach the heart, are the sign and the beginning of salvation – the path of salvation for many who begin to go to hear Jesus or to ask for a healing and then come back to Him and feel salvation.” He went on to ask, “What, though, is most important? That Jesus heals? No, that is not the most important thing. That He teaches us? That is not the most important thing [either]. [The most important thing] is that He saves! He is the Savior and we are saved by him: this is the most important thing, and this is the strength of our faith.”

~ Pope Francis (from his homily given at Mass on Friday, January 23, 2015)

Giving thanks to God for being loved and saved by Jesus Christ, we follow His Light and Truth. As we have each experienced the love of God and recognize it in the life, Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find hope in the Cross. The “T” of the Cross leads us to the Truth which is necessary for human freedom and which is lived fully in selfless, self-sacrificial acts of love (charity). This is evident in the life of Christ and is aimed for in the lives of all Christians.   Religious Brothers and Sisters, Priests and Bishops are totally oriented toward this reality.

This week I visited two communities of Religious Sisters:  The Sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity and the Carmelite Missionaries of St. Therese of the Child Jesus from Puebla, Mexico.

The Sisters of the Society of the Our Lady of the Trinity (SOLT) live and serve at Holy Trinity Parish and School in Phoenix.  The SOLT Fathers have been in the Diocese of Phoenix for 6 and 1/2 years, and the SOLT Sisters have been here 5 years. Two of the Sisters are school teachers at Holy Trinity.  This community is a Society of Apostolic Life with Priests, Brothers, Lay Members, Consecrated Widows, Missionaries of Mercy and Volunteers.  There are 500 SOLT missionaries around the world in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, England, Italy, Ghana, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, China and Australia.  Founded by Fr. James Flanagan of Boston on July 16, 1958, SOLT’s headquarters were established in Robstown, Texas in the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1989.  They are an international missionary community with a Marian-Trinitarian spirituality of discipleship.  A unique aspect of their charism is that they serve in Ecclesial Family Teams.

Holy Trinity Parish in Phoenix

Holy Trinity Parish in Phoenix

The Convent of the SOLT Sisters

The Convent of the SOLT Sisters

The Sisters' Chapel

The Sisters’ Chapel

The future is so bright!

The Superior General is the second from the right.  The Provincial is in front of the Superior General.

Sister Mary Claire leads us on a tour of the school.

Sister M. Claire shows us the school.

Sister M. Claire tells us about the classes.

Sister M. Claire shares with us about the life of the children at school.

A nice garden in the city.

A nice garden in the city.

Stations of the Cross were designed by the kids and made of tiles.

Stations of the Cross were designed by the kids and made of tiles.

Teaching the children gives her joy.

Teaching the children gives her joy.

Bronze Tree in Memory of Sr. Dorothy Stang, SSNDN, former principal of Holy Trinity School in Phoenix.

Bronze Tree in Memory of Sr. Dorothy Stang, S.N.DdeN., former principal of Holy Trinity School.  She was murdered in Brazil on February 14, 2005 at the age of 73.

The interior of Holy Trinity Church

The interior of Holy Trinity Church

On Wednesday, January 21st, I visited the Carmelite Missionaries of St. Therese of the Child Jesus or in Spanish, Misioneras Carmelitas de Sta. Teresa del Niño Jesus.  They are from Puebla, Mexico, and they serve in Phoenix both at St. Daniel’s Parish in Scottdale and at St. Anne’s Parish in Gilbert.  This delightful community of missionary Sisters serve in Mexico, Arizona and California.  This Religious Order was founded by Fray Bernardo de Santa Maria, OCD on the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, October 15, 1940. There is such a sweet simplicity about their charism and manner as they follow the “Little Way” of St. Therese of the Child Jesus who did the ordinary things with great love, which would often go unnoticed.  Her example of humility is embodied in these Sisters who are dedicated to glorifying God in their service and their praise.  Hna. Maria del Socorro is singing her own vocation song to the Lord in the video below (accompanied by Hna. Gloria).

Hna. Leonora at St. Daniel Parish Convent

Hermana Leonora came to greet me.

The front of the Convent.

The front of the Convent.

The Sisters' Chapel

The Sisters’ Chapel

The Interior of St. Daniel's Church.

The Interior of St. Daniel’s Church.

What an amazing crucifix!

What an amazing crucifix!

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Hasta luego.

¡Que vayan con Dios!

Tu Hermana en Cristo,

Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM

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