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"Omni in re, semper, et ubique tantum Deum video, ipsum Deum." MAM

Consecration of the Chapel in the New Generalate

Solemn Holy Mass on September 9, 2020

On September 9, 2020, the Feast of Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger, our Foundress, the Diocesan Bishop, Ägidius Zsifkovics, consecrated our chapel. He dedicated the chapel to Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger.

During the homily, the Bishop expressed his relationship to our Congregation and his gratitude for everything he received from the Sisters of our Congregation since his time of study.

He wishes our Congregation to carry on the three views of our Foundress, namely,

  • - The view on the Crucified whom she loved and consecrated her life, bearing her cross, she followed Him,
  • - The view of the community to build it up in simplicity and unity for service in the kingdom of God,
  • - The view of society in order to perceive the needs of the people of their time and to help people through the advice of seekers and through their service to the poor, sick and neglected children. 

The Bishop expressed his gratitude that our Congregation works in his Diocese and for the prayers. He encouraged the Sisters to bear witness through their lives for Christ, crucified and the risen one, and to pray for new vocations.

“Let this be your constant desire and focus
that all people will venerate Christ in the Eucharist,
to know Him better and meet Him.”
(Blessed Alphonse
Marie Eppinger)

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“I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live” (Jn 11:25).

 

In the light of the Easter sun the mysteries of the earth get new light. (Friedrich von Bodelschwingh).

“The resurrection of Christ is the principle of new life for every man and every woman, for true renewal always begins from the heart, from the conscience. Yet, Easter is also the beginning of the new world, set free from the slavery of sin and death; the world opened at last to the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of love, peace and fraternity. Christ is alive and He remains with us. Risen, He shows us the light of His face, and He does not abandon all those experiencing hardship, pain and sorrow.” (Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi, 2019)

Especially now, in this challenging time, the message of the resurrection is the source of strength and the motivation for sincerity, prudence, and staying calm. Christians are, no less, afflicted with fear, worry, and doubt about the future. Yet, we want to raise our heads because our redemption is at hand, (cf. Lk 21:28), because we are drawn into His resurrection.

May this conviction strengthen our concern for people. May we draw strength and energy from this hope for the future. May the Church, our Communities, and families become the places of hope, although at a healthy “social distance”. May our belief in the resurrection enable us to do it.

Have a blessed Easter in hope and trust.
The Sisters of the General Administration
 
 

 

God Wants
 
God became man
among us,
where sometimes
its hard to live.
 
God became a child,
so in the little one we could unveil
His endless greatness
and learn what supreme means
 
God wants to live
in tents and shacks,
so we embark on a journey,
to find and adore Him.
 
(Paul Weismantel)
 

Christmas is a celebration not only of family, community, and marketing. It is also a celebration of wanting.

  • Do we want to bring into our lives the message of the Incarnation? 
  • Do we want to witness, by our simple lives, to God, who in Jesus became vulnerable, weak and fragile as a child?  
  • Do we want, through our unassuming and empathetic life, to help and support each other and let others taste the simplicity of God? 

In these days of celebrating the Nativity of our Lord, may we be open to God who directs us. May we understand that God wants to meet us at the same level. Christmas is the opportune time to experience this.   

In the festive joy from the Nativity of our Lord, the General Leadership wish you a Merry Christmas  

Enshrinement of the Relic in the Church of our Motherhouse in Sopron

On December 8, 2019 during the festive Holy Mass, was brought and enshrinemented the relic of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie in the Church of our Motherhouse, in Sopron. The celebration was attended by many priests, the Sisters of our Austrian, Hungarian and Slovak Provinces, Associates, co-workers, and believers from the town.
Sister Katarína Krištofová, Postulator, brought the relic during the entrance procession of the Holy Mass.
Holy Mass was celebrated by the parish priest, István Németh, who introduced the way of life of Blessed Alphonse Marie.
The Superior General, Sister Johanna Vogl, said to the assembly, “It is a moving reality for our Congregation that enshrinement of the relic closes a certain circle. Our Foundress visited the Sisters on May 1865, here in Sopron. Now she is present here in the relic. Although the Sisters are not present in Sopron since 1950, except for a short time, we can see that all of you who pray, express the faith, and meet here, you make this church and this community alive. Let us be led daily by the certainty and hope of Blessed Alphonse Marie. She expresses it with simple words, “Have courage, God is with you!

General Leadership     

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The Solemnity of the Divine Redeemer 

On October 23, our Congregation will celebrate its feast, the solemnity of the Divine Redeemer. Christ Redeemer is the center of the spirituality of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger. She invites us to meditate on the Mystery of Redemption often, so we can understand it better, and live as redeemed people.

On this occasion, the Superior General, Sr. Johanna Vogl, in her circular encourages the Sisters of our Congregation with these words:  “I might believe in the Redeemer if his followers looked more redeemed,” said Friedrich Nietzsche about 150 years ago. This statement is often addressed to Christians as an accusation.
Could this be said also of us, the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer? The Solemnity of the Divine Redeemer is an opportunity to reflect again on our charism and to acquire new strength and readiness to fulfill our mission as the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer in today's conditions and challenges.
People of today focused on constantly solving emerging problems. The word “redemption” sounds for them very passive. Are we less in need of redemption today than the people before us? Our feelings tell us: no. We should translate redemption to the language of our time and pass on people's life context, into our own life context.
In view of our faith, redemption always leads us to the One, whom we call Redeemer. He is the One, who redeems us, Jesus Christ.
Let us have courage and willingness to implement this redemption where we live, in the place and the phase of life that we live at present. Thus, we become powerful and free to testify to the meaningful life in obligation, and direct and guide people and ourselves towards God.

Jesus Christ is the permanent beginning and the permanent center of the mission which God entrusted to man. Let us all participate on this misssion and focus our whole strength on it, because humanity of today needs it more than ever. With these thoughts, we would like to celebrate the upcoming solemnity of the Divine Redeemer in our Congregation.

The Sisters of the General Administration      

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