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On behalf of the Boerne Benedictines, we are saddened by the current death toll of 53 migrants who died the horrific death by heat and who were found in an abandoned un-airconditioned tractor-trailer on the south side of San Antonio, TX on June 27, 2022.

We are grateful for the lives that were saved by the action of the people who heard their cries for help and for the action of the First Responders. We pray for the eternal rest for those who died, for consolation for their families back home and for healing for those still in hospitals.

I can only imagine that what these migrants were trying to find was a better life by seeking work to sustain them and their families. Instead, they were victims of those who are unscrupulous and who take advantage of the poor.

Let us join in prayer for those who died and for those who survived this ordeal. Let us also contact those we have elected to represent us in Washington to enact just immigration policies.

Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB
Prioress

* You can watch the Memorial Mass recorded on June 30, 2022 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, remembering the 53 migrants who died. The Archbishop’s homily was very emotional and powerful. The YouTube link is here – https://youtu.be/Ujo94cyLfeQ

On behalf of the Boerne Benedictines, we are saddened by the current death toll of 53 migrants who died the horrific death by heat and who were found in an abandoned un-airconditioned tractor-trailer on the south side of San Antonio, TX on June 27, 2022.

We are grateful for the lives that were saved by the action of the people who heard their cries for help and for the action of the First Responders. We pray for the eternal rest for those who died, for consolation for their families back home and for healing for those still in hospitals.

I can only imagine that what these migrants were trying to find was a better life by seeking work to sustain them and their families. Instead, they were victims of those who are unscrupulous and who take advantage of the poor.

Let us join in prayer for those who died and for those who survived this ordeal. Let us also contact those we have elected to represent us in Washington to enact just immigration policies.

Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB
Prioress

* You can watch the Memorial Mass recorded on June 30, 2022 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, remembering the 53 migrants who died. The Archbishop’s homily was very emotional and powerful. The YouTube link is here – youtu.be/Ujo94cyLfeQ
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May their souls find eternal peace, and may the rest of us find compassion for those faced with such dire choices.

Love One Another – A Reflection by Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Prioress

As the Easter Season draws to an end this Sunday on Pentecost, the week’s Mass readings have been from the Acts of the Apostles. These ancestors of ours filled with God’s Spirit went about putting into practice all the Lord had taught them while he was with them. And even after the resurrection they still had lessons to learn. They came to understand that no one would be denied entrance into God’s fold. God’s Spirit made this quite clear in Acts 15:7-21. In another reading from the Gospel of John, they heard the new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34-35. The scriptures inform us of a way to encounter one another in our daily life.  

Fast forward to today. We have just heard of more mass shootings, in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA, and in Tulsa, OK. And last week, in Uvalde, TX, the unspeakable happened. Nineteen children and two brave teachers lost their lives at the hand of a crazed 18-year-old gunman, who also died. The entire community, including children, families, and first responders, are scarred forever with memories of May 24th. Law enforcement response will be under scrutiny for months to come for decisions made on that fatal day. 

In San Antonio, a young man was shot recently while sitting in a car waiting for his cousin. People are targeted because of their color, race, or belief system. Leaders from Russia feel they have a right to utterly destroy lives and cities in Ukraine to be able to claim it. This list goes on and on. 

During this pandemic time, a certain civility went out the window. The American value of individualism gave permission to men and women to fight on the planes with Flight Attendants over mask mandates. The common good held no meaning to some. Many died of Covid and left families to fend for themselves because they refused to take the vaccine. In our own ministries here in Boerne, groups have turned away because of restrictions that were put in place for the good of the whole. The value of individualism has risen to unprecedented heights. 

The Apostles had much to learn about the meaning of the new commandment and we in our day still have much to learn about what it means to “love one another as I love you.”  

Pope Francis reads the signs of the times and sends us letters addressing these “signs.”  In his Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, he calls us to learn to encounter one another; he reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters” and that each and every person has indelible “human dignity,” and so much more. 

What happened in Uvalde and all around our nation has left me numb. I pray that we as a country will rise to address the complexity of these issues so that all will have the opportunity to live in a peaceful and just society.

Love One Another – A Reflection by Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Prioress

As the Easter Season draws to an end this Sunday on Pentecost, the week’s Mass readings have been from the Acts of the Apostles. These ancestors of ours filled with God’s Spirit went about putting into practice all the Lord had taught them while he was with them. And even after the resurrection they still had lessons to learn. They came to understand that no one would be denied entrance into God’s fold. God’s Spirit made this quite clear in Acts 15:7-21. In another reading from the Gospel of John, they heard the new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34-35. The scriptures inform us of a way to encounter one another in our daily life.

Fast forward to today. We have just heard of more mass shootings, in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA, and in Tulsa, OK. And last week, in Uvalde, TX, the unspeakable happened. Nineteen children and two brave teachers lost their lives at the hand of a crazed 18-year-old gunman, who also died. The entire community, including children, families, and first responders, are scarred forever with memories of May 24th. Law enforcement response will be under scrutiny for months to come for decisions made on that fatal day.

In San Antonio, a young man was shot recently while sitting in a car waiting for his cousin. People are targeted because of their color, race, or belief system. Leaders from Russia feel they have a right to utterly destroy lives and cities in Ukraine to be able to claim it. This list goes on and on.

During this pandemic time, a certain civility went out the window. The American value of individualism gave permission to men and women to fight on the planes with Flight Attendants over mask mandates. The common good held no meaning to some. Many died of Covid and left families to fend for themselves because they refused to take the vaccine. In our own ministries here in Boerne, groups have turned away because of restrictions that were put in place for the good of the whole. The value of individualism has risen to unprecedented heights.

The Apostles had much to learn about the meaning of the new commandment and we in our day still have much to learn about what it means to “love one another as I love you.”

Pope Francis reads the signs of the times and sends us letters addressing these “signs.” In his Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, he calls us to learn to encounter one another; he reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters” and that each and every person has indelible “human dignity,” and so much more.

What happened in Uvalde and all around our nation has left me numb. I pray that we as a country will rise to address the complexity of these issues so that all will have the opportunity to live in a peaceful and just society.
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In remembrance of my baby brother Danny who died at the age of 19 in the Vietnam War 🤗

Our 20th Annual Benedictine Nones Ball (No-Show Event) is TODAY! Please remember our Sisters, and consider making a gift designated for our elder Sisters. Your generosity ensures every Sister receives quality care and that her needs are met during her retirement years. You may visit our website - www.boernebenedictines.org to make a secure tax-deductible donation. Thank You and God Bless You!

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A Colloquium for spiritual seekers with a Benedictine monastic spirit
Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding
We are breaking new monastic ground. Please join us. 

The Benedictine women’s Federation of St. Scholastica is celebrating their 100th anniversary this June by stepping into the future of monasticism.

You can be a part of opening the door into that future by participating in Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding, a Colloquium open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, June 21-24, 2022, and virtually.

REGISTER NOW. CHOOSE ONSITE OR VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION
(https://scholastica-celebration.org/)
Local hotel/airbnb options are listed here. (https://scholastica-celebration.org/content/hotels)
$225 registration for onsite participation includes meals but not housing. $125 for virtual participants.

Six presenters and two responders will center us in Benedictine monastic wisdom, strengthen us with Benedictine monastic witness and open the future to us with possibilities for taking Benedictine monasticism into the future. Meet our presenters and find the Colloquium schedule here. https://scholastica-celebration.org/

From the Centennial Celebration website:
Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. We intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.

A Colloquium for spiritual seekers with a Benedictine monastic spirit
Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding
We are breaking new monastic ground. Please join us.

The Benedictine women’s Federation of St. Scholastica is celebrating their 100th anniversary this June by stepping into the future of monasticism.

You can be a part of opening the door into that future by participating in "Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding," a Colloquium open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, June 21-24, 2022, and virtually.

REGISTER NOW. CHOOSE ONSITE OR VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION
(scholastica-celebration.org/)
Local hotel/airbnb options are listed here. (scholastica-celebration.org/content/hotels)
$225 registration for onsite participation includes meals but not housing. $125 for virtual participants.

Six presenters and two responders will center us in Benedictine monastic wisdom, strengthen us with Benedictine monastic witness and open the future to us with possibilities for taking Benedictine monasticism into the future. Meet our presenters and find the Colloquium schedule here. scholastica-celebration.org/

From the Centennial Celebration website:
Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. We intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.
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A wonderful God-filled service. It’s been far to long since I attended; before the pandemic (4 yrs). My prayer-filled wishes to each of you. I hope to see you before the year is out. Prayerfully, Dan Buie

It was a beautiful ceremony. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. God's blessings be many. Elizabeth

Lovely ceremony. Congratulations to my Mom, Mary Olivia Patino

Beautiful ! Offering as well.

Congratulations to the new Oblates God bless each one of them.

Congratulations to the New Oblates. Blessings.

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Celebrating all moms on this Mothers Day!  Thank you for the gift of life!

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Prayers for Peace – A Reflection by Sister Bernice Lindsey, OSB

Here we are in May. Flowers and trees are blooming, birds of all species are returning and singing, and things seem to be tranquil. Yet my heart cries for the people of Ukraine and what is happening to their lives and their homelands. But not just Ukrainians suffering, there are many soldiers from Russia who are dying on the battlefield leaving loved ones behind.

When I was a child in the 1950s and 60s, we were taught about the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. Our Lady of Fatima told these shepherd children to pray the rosary daily for the end of the war (World War I). Mary continued to appear once a month for 6 months to these three children, Lucia (9), Jacinta (7) Francisco (6).

I don’t know how many of you remember the 70s and 80s the Soviet Union, with the Cold War and the Iron Curtain? We as Catholics were encouraged to pray the rosary daily for the conversion of Russia and the end of communism and the conversion of sinners. The Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, the USSR collapsed. No longer did Russia seem like such a threat.

Our Lady made three requests:

Request for the First Saturday devotion – December 10, 1925

Request to spread the First Saturday devotion – February 15, 1926

Request for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – June 1929

With what is happening around the world today, I would like to put the challenge, no not a challenge, I would like to request and highly encourage all of us to pray the rosary. Pray for the conversion of Russia and the end of war so that peace may reign in our hearts, in our homes, and in our world.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA
(Gladys Gollahon / Samuel Lewis)

(Ave Maria! Ave Maria)
Dear Lady of Fatima,
We come on bended knee
To beg your intercession,
For peace and unity.
Dear Mary, won’t you show us
The right and shining way?
We pledge our love and offer you
A rosary each day!

You promised at Fatima,
Each time that you appear,
To help us, if we pray to you,
To banish war and fear.
Dear lady, on first Saturdays,
We ask your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.

(You promised at Fatima,
Each time that you appear,
To help us, if we pray to you,
To banish war and fear.)
Dear lady, on first Saturdays,
We ask your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.
(Ave Maria!)

(Transcribed by Peter Akers – November 2017)

Prayers for Peace – A Reflection by Sister Bernice Lindsey, OSB

Here we are in May. Flowers and trees are blooming, birds of all species are returning and singing, and things seem to be tranquil. Yet my heart cries for the people of Ukraine and what is happening to their lives and their homelands. But not just Ukrainians suffering, there are many soldiers from Russia who are dying on the battlefield leaving loved ones behind.

When I was a child in the 1950s and 60s, we were taught about the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. Our Lady of Fatima told these shepherd children to pray the rosary daily for the end of the war (World War I). Mary continued to appear once a month for 6 months to these three children, Lucia (9), Jacinta (7) Francisco (6).

I don’t know how many of you remember the 70s and 80s the Soviet Union, with the Cold War and the Iron Curtain? We as Catholics were encouraged to pray the rosary daily for the conversion of Russia and the end of communism and the conversion of sinners. The Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, the USSR collapsed. No longer did Russia seem like such a threat.

Our Lady made three requests:

Request for the First Saturday devotion – December 10, 1925

Request to spread the First Saturday devotion – February 15, 1926

Request for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – June 1929

With what is happening around the world today, I would like to put the challenge, no not a challenge, I would like to request and highly encourage all of us to pray the rosary. Pray for the conversion of Russia and the end of war so that peace may reign in our hearts, in our homes, and in our world.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA
(Gladys Gollahon / Samuel Lewis)

(Ave Maria! Ave Maria)
Dear Lady of Fatima,
We come on bended knee
To beg your intercession,
For peace and unity.
Dear Mary, won’t you show us
The right and shining way?
We pledge our love and offer you
A rosary each day!

You promised at Fatima,
Each time that you appear,
To help us, if we pray to you,
To banish war and fear.
Dear lady, on first Saturdays,
We ask your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.

(You promised at Fatima,
Each time that you appear,
To help us, if we pray to you,
To banish war and fear.)
Dear lady, on first Saturdays,
We ask your guiding hand,
For grace and guidance here on earth,
And protection for our land.
(Ave Maria!)

(Transcribed by Peter Akers – November 2017)
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Humans are finally realizing that, rather than having "dominion" over the earth, we are the caretakers that God intended us to be.

Blessings to you at Easter from the Benedictine Sisters.

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Blessings to you 😇.

Blessings to all of you on this resurrection day

Happy Easter!

Blessings to all the Sisters and Oblates!

Easter blessings.

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Awaiting Something New – A Reflection by Sr. Sylvia Ahr, OSB

There are only two weeks remaining in our Lenten Journey this year before we begin the Triduum (April 14-16). And then, on April 17, we will celebrate the greatest Church belief in the Resurrected Jesus!

Signs of spring are all around – the leaves are returning to our many oak trees that we can see daily from our Chapel window. Despite some trees and branches that, unfortunately, did not survive the bitter cold weather we experienced in recent months, we are reminded that life goes on. Mary’s Garden, outside our Chapel, is being prepared for Easter with a variety of plants and flowers. The spring flowers blossom and paint a picture of hope. Hope in peace and nonviolence, lives of respect and selfless care for others, and lives of gratitude and working for the common good.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says to us, “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” God is doing something new in each of us and in our world. Our world is a different world after the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued global unrest. We are different people because of our soon to be completed Lenten season. God has made something new in all of us even if we do not yet see it, feel it, or understand it right now. We rise to a new life each day of our earthly life. Isn’t that a marvelous thing?

Awaiting Something New – A Reflection by Sr. Sylvia Ahr, OSB

There are only two weeks remaining in our Lenten Journey this year before we begin the Triduum (April 14-16). And then, on April 17, we will celebrate the greatest Church belief in the Resurrected Jesus!

Signs of spring are all around – the leaves are returning to our many oak trees that we can see daily from our Chapel window. Despite some trees and branches that, unfortunately, did not survive the bitter cold weather we experienced in recent months, we are reminded that life goes on. Mary’s Garden, outside our Chapel, is being prepared for Easter with a variety of plants and flowers. The spring flowers blossom and paint a picture of hope. Hope in peace and nonviolence, lives of respect and selfless care for others, and lives of gratitude and working for the common good.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says to us, “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” God is doing something new in each of us and in our world. Our world is a different world after the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued global unrest. We are different people because of our soon to be completed Lenten season. God has made something new in all of us even if we do not yet see it, feel it, or understand it right now. We rise to a new life each day of our earthly life. Isn’t that a marvelous thing?
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