Bishop Shomali celebrates Mass marking Feast of St. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas

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Bishop Shomali celebrates Mass marking Feast of St. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Jordan Bishop William Shomali celebrated Holy Mass on Friday, November 15 marking the Feast of St. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas at the Visitation House near Fuheis.

This year's celebration was organized by the Rosary Sisters School in Misdar including Sister Gloria Rabadi and Sister Caroline Bader.

Present at the Mass were a number of priests and deacons including Patriarch Fouad Twal, Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman Monsignor Mauro Lalli, Counselor of the Rosary Sisters Sr. Micheline Malouf, nuns, and large number of believers.

Bishop Shomali's homily was about "holiness and its requirements in today's world." He said that "a saint is an ordinary and a normal Christian who knows his limitations and weaknesses, but he relies on the grace of the Lord, as well as seeks perfection and holiness. Stressing that holiness does not diminish our humanity but rather replaces our weakness by the power of the grace, he said, "In life there is only one sorrow, namely not to be saints and there is one failure which is failure to attain holiness.”

Sister Gloria Rabadi said in her address: We came today to pray with Virgin Mary and St. Marie Alphonsine so that our spiritual and civil authorities would guide the people of God to safety as well as attain justice, equality, and a decent living. She added we also prayed for our families and youth in order to continue to live free from evil.

She continued, we prayed for the sick so that Lord Jesus would heal them, for those who passed away in peace, and for the Rosary sisters so that God would bless their efforts.

Sister Gloria thanked all those who attended the Holy Mass.

THE ROSARY SISTERS

The Sisters of the Rosary carry out their mission in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, as well as the Holy Land.

Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas born in Jerusalem in 1843 joined the Congregation of St. Joseph of the Apparition and decided to devote her life to God at the age of 14. The Virgin Mary, who appeared before her twice, inspired her to found the first female religious Congregation in the Holy Land, the Rosary Sisters, the only Congregation founded in the Holy Land. Her mission was to “beat illiteracy and improve conditions for women at the time, in the very land where Lord Jesus Christ highlighted their dignity” (Benedict XVI). A key element of her spirituality was her deep devotion to the Virgin Mary. She died in Ain Karem on March25, 1927.

The Congregation, which was founded in Jerusalem in 1880, has 250 nuns and is active in the field of education (in schools and universities), as well as in the field of healthcare assistance, working with hospitals, orphanages and old age homes, regardless of faith.

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:21
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