About Sr. Gertrude

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It is very exciting to have Sr. Gertrude as our main speaker at the upcoming “Joyful Hope Family Event”.   The following are her bio, talks, publications and addresses.

Sr Gertrude

Sister Gertrude Gillette was born in 1953 and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from St. Benedict Academy in Still River, Massachusetts, and joined a new community of Sisters who taught her during High School. When this community became Benedictine in 1980, Sr. Gertrude was among the founding members. After further training in the Benedictine life at Stanbrook Abbey, England, she made her Solemn Profession at St. Scholastica Priory in 1984. The following year the community moved from Still River to Petersham, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Magdalen College (New Hampshire), and her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from the Catholic University of America in Early Christian Studies/Patristics.

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Sister then had the opportunity to spend 6 years in Europe, teaching in Gaming, Austria (1996-1999), and in Rome (1999-2002), serving as superior of the international house of studies for Benedictine women (Casa Santa Lioba), and helping to set up the Monastic Formators’ Program. She also attended classes in Rome and obtained an S.T.B. from the Angelicum. It was during her years in Rome that she received the impetus to make a new Benedictine foundation which she and Sr. Theresa Scheuren began in 2003. She is received a licentiate thesis for the Collegio Sant’Anselmo in the field of Monastic Studies, entitled “Anger in Community: A look at Ancient Monastic Texts.” This was published under the title of “The Four Faces of Anger” Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Augustine and Cassian.”

Besides her role as superior of the new foundation, Sr. Gertrude works on putting together a monastic liturgy for the house. She is also an Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University for over 8 years. She is currently working for the Charlotte Diocese in a variety of teaching roles.

 

Book review for: Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Richard

Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor, by Joseph Pearce.

Saint Benedict Press, Charlotte NC, 2013.

Published in StAR: Saint Austin Review, Vol. 13.6 Nov/Dec 2013: 40-41.

ANGER AND COMMUNITY IN THE RULE OF AUGUSTINE@

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, Aug. 2011

Published in Studia Patristica LXX (2013) Vol 18: 591-600

FOUR FACES OF ANGER:

SENECA, EVAGRIUS PONTICUS, CASSIAN AND AUGUSTINE.

Published by University Press of America, June 2010

WHY ARE ANGER & FRIENDSHIP ALIGNED IN CASSIAN=S

     CONFERENCE 16?@

 Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 2007. Published in Studia Patristica (2011):

SILENCE: HUMBLE HANDMAID OF PEACE@

Published in Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, no.65

(Nov 2003):14-37

 

AUGUSTINE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PERPETUA=S WORDS:

 >And I was a man.=@  Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 1999. Published in Augustinian Studies 32:1 (Jan 2001): 115-125

 

“PURITY OF HEART in St. Augustine”

In Purity of Heart in Early Ascetic and Monastic Literature,

        Essays in Honor of Juana Raasch, O.S.B., edited by H. Luckman and

L.Kulzer, O.S.B., Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1999: 175-195

 

“THE GLORY OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING in St. Augustine’s 

          Enarrationes in psalmos

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1995

Published in Studia Patristica XXXIII (1997): 88-93; Transl. into Spanish in

Augustinus: San Augustín en Oxford (5.), Madrid, 1999

 

“RADEGUND’S MONASTERY AT POITIERS: The Rule and its Observance”

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1991

Published in Studia Patristica XXV (1993): 381-387

 

More information is available at http://qopbenedictines.com/biography/

Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of The Blessed Virgin by St. John Eudes

Lord, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us,

Lord, have mercy on us,

Infant Jesus, hear us,

Infant Jesus, graciously hear us,

God the Father of heaven,

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,

God the Holy Ghost,

Holy Infant Mary,

Infant Daughter of the Father,

Infant, Mother of the Son,

Infant, Spouse of the Holy Ghost,

Infant, fruit of the prayers of thy parents,

Infant, Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity,

Infant, riches of thy father,

Infant, delight of thy mother,

Infant, honor of thy father,

Infant, honor of thy mother,

Infant, miracle of nature,

Infant, prodigy of grace,

Immaculate in thy Conception,

Most holy in thy Nativity,

Most devout in thy Presentation,

Masterpiece of God’s grace,

Aurora of the Sun of Justice,

Beginning of our joy,

End of our evils,

Infant, joy of earth,

Pattern of our charity,

Model of our humility,

Infant, most powerful,

Infant, most mild,

Infant, most pure,

Infant, most obedient,

Infant, most poor,

Infant, most meek,

Infant, most amiable,

Infant, most admirable,

Infant, incomparable,

Infant, health of the sick,

Comfortess of the afflicted,

Refuge of Sinners,

Hope of Christians,

Lady of the Angels,

Daughter of the Patriarchs,

Desire of the Prophets,

Mistress of the Apostles,

Strength of Martyrs,

Glory of the Priesthood,

Joy of Confessors,

Purity of Virgins,

Queen of all Saints,

Infant, our Mother,

Infant, Queen of our hearts,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

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Infant Jesus,

Infant Jesus,

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Spare us, Infant Jesus.

Graciously hear us, Infant Jesus.

Have mercy on us, Infant Jesus.

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LET US PRAY

O almighty and merciful God, Who through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, didst prepare the body and soul of the Immaculate Infant Mary that she might be the worthy Mother of Thy Son, and didst preserve her from all stain, grant that we who venerate with all our hearts her most holy childhood, may be freed, through her merits and intercession, from all uncleanness of mind and body, and be able to imitate her perfect humility, obedience and charity. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

ANGELUS

The AngelV. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;

R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,

R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. And the Word was made flesh,

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son has been made known by the message of an Angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen

AngelusV. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;

R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ecce Ancilla Domini,

R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Et Verbum caro factum est,

R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix,

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus

Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus, nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii Tui Incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

Amen

 

Internet Source: The Most Holy Rosary Website 

 

Novena Prayer to Maria Bambina (With Imprimatur)

Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels,
Mother of grace and love, I greet you with all my heart.
Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during
all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion
to you, who are the first creature of God’s love.Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born
immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of
God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve
the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where,
on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted,
assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.
Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings,
and virtues of your divine Son.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden,
open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise,
make me love the humble and hidden life;
let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open
to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of heaven,
you are my trust and hope.
O powerful advocate, from your cradle stretch out your hand,
support me on the path of life.
Make me serve God with ardor and
constancy until death and so reach an eternity with you.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Prayer

Blessed Child Mary, destined to be the Mother of God and our loving Mother, by the heavenly graces you lavish upon us, mercifully listen to my supplications. In the needs which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all my trust in you.

O holy Child, by the privileges granted to you alone and by the merits which you have acquired, show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous benefits which you dispense are inexhaustible, because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited.

Deign through the immense profusion of graces with which the Most High has enriched you from the first moment of your Immaculate Conception, grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the goodness of your Immaculate Heart.

I M P R I M A T U R
In Curia Archiep. Mediolani
31 August 1931
Can. CAVEZZALI, Pro Vic. Gen
Internet Source:  The Most Holy Rosary Website

Holy Infant Mary in Italy

Maria Bambina in Italy

Milan boasts a beautiful little image of the Infant Mary, often referred to as “Maria Bambina”.

A Franciscan nun made this statue of the little Virgin out of wax sometime before 1730. She later gave it to others, and after passing as a gift through various hands it was finally given to the Sisters of Charity in Lovere, Italy. In 1876 they brought it to their motherhouse in Milan (where it has stayed ever since). By this time, the statue had become worn and gray.

One of the nuns, Sister Josephine Woinovich, suffered from paralysis in her feet and arms. She could not get out of bed and was confined to the infirmary in great pain. In 1884, on the Feast of Mary’s Nativity, Sister Josephine convinced the Mother General to leave the statue of Maria Bambina in her room overnight. The next morning Mother decided to take the little statue on a “tour” of the infirmary, to visit all the ill sisters there.

It so happened that a very devout novice named Guilia Macaro was in the infirmary, suffering from a serious condition which restricted her movement. When the image of Maria Bambina was brought to her bed, Guilia took it in her arms and fervently pleaded with Mary to ask God to heal her. Miraculously, Guilia was healed immediately!

The image was also suddenly transformed; it lost its old gray color and took on the color of living flesh, which it still has to this day! Sister Josephine was also ultimately cured through her devotion to Maria Bambina.

Because of these and many other miracles God has worked for those who venerate the statue, the Sisters of Charity in Milan are commmonly called the “Sisters of Maria Bambina”

 

Internet Source: http://home.earthlink.net/~mysticalrose/infant.html

Hard Times

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Last Sunday,  as we toured our friend around in Kingstree,  they  noticed the impoverished areas around us.  The dilapidated houses, farm lands seem quite depressing to someone that was used to new houses and rapid industrial development in a city featured as  the “Best city to retire”.    Agreeing that indeed the  main business center  looked like a “ghost town”, there was nothing to ponder that I did not know already.

It reminded me of the first time I set foot to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope.  When I heard in my heart that our Lord is calling us to live here, my immediate reaction was “No way, Lord.  No way.”

Eight months down the road, we moved to Kingstree.

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Charles Dickens wrote a book entitled “Hard Times”, a novel about an area that is a fictional industrial city he named as Coketown, England.  Factory workers reside in this community. He describes the life of the poor, their struggles to stay afloat.  The novel is also about the rich in the area like Thomas Gradgrind who developed a philosophy that poor people are poor because of their fault.  Invoking this philosophy had made him focus on his interests, for he is a self-made man, that is, he earned what he had because of his hard work and discipline.  The novel ends with the main character pursuing a political job so that he can change the plight of the poor, while the other characters experiences a realization of their false way of thinking and starts to sympathize with their fellow human beings.

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In my neighborhood, we see men and women walk  mindlessly.  Their appearance reminded me of zombies because they move so slow with their heads down.  It was as if they were carrying  a huge  invisible load  at their backs.  

I watched them pass through our front yard so they can short cut to their houses behind us.   We entertained the idea of putting a sign in our yard to let them know that someone lives in this property now.

It was only today that I began to ask myself if they had food to eat.  Or I started to feel in my heart that they might have taken a very long walk to buy their groceries and they have no transportation that is why the made a short-cut in our yard. 

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What pierced my heart suddenly?

I saw several post in my online groups about needing prayers.  One of these posts related to a lady who feels very abandoned by God.  She spoke bluntly about feeling very frustrated, slightly upset with God.

She looks into her home, her family members.  Their behaviors sadden her broken heart.  Adult children returned back to her home with a child after realizing their mistakes about their partners who cannot support them.  In a moment of weakness, she leaves the house to have fun with the same partner against their advice.  Other chaotic events led to  episodes of instability in their mentally ill young adult child necessitating  changes in original plans.  Furthermore, expected income fell through leaving her in more debt.  She felt abandoned by God after a life of being His good faithful servant.

When I saw my online friend’s  post, I started to cry.

Ten years ago, I came from that situation and it is indeed upsetting.  

I pointed my fingers to the culprit.  It was different each day.  On a sad note, I vented to God.  Isn’t He suppose to be like our father?  Isn’t He suppose to provide for us?  Isn’t He suppose to protect us from this chaotic world? Where is He in the lowest points of our lives? Why is He hiding?  Did we do anything to deserve this?

I realized that our Lord never left my side nor did He abandon us. He wanted to lead me to His Divine will, which unfortunately, is not my will. Thus, the struggle. But, I grew up and I learned how to fly in what you call another layer in the spiritual atmosphere. In this level, you can see the suffering of your neighbors and you are moved with compassion.

My heart was pierced.  It was ripped open as I read my friend’s post.

If I did not experience hard times, I will ignore her post.   And, then move to another interesting online feed.  

But, now, I started to cry.  I realized that our Lord allows these things to happen so we can be alive again.  It is important for us to feel again with the hard times that our neighbors are experiencing.   We need to be able to respond with love to the people God brought in our midst by helping them with the financial resources that God gave us.  

Our Lord is faithful. He gave His only begotten Son to die for us. Even that TRUTH does not move us anymore.  We become numb to the fact that God the Father loved us so much that He allowed His Son to die to save us.  

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If He is a person like this, He cannot possibly allow these bad things to happen to us and . . .

not cry with us.

 

PRAYER:

Lord, I am sorry for judging the poor in our midst, for thinking that they are that way because they do not work hard enough for their daily wages.  I am sorry for not giving enough to them for you have given me the graces to be educated.  You have given me good health.  You have given me many items in our house which I really do not need.  

Thank you Lord for opening my heart today.  Thank you for allowing me to love again and see why You loved the poor so much, making  sure that they will inherit God’s Kingdom. 

I resolve to be more generous of my talents and resources so that I can alleviate their suffering.  

Amen.