Monday, July 7, 2014

Remembering Sister Mary Lucy

Sister Mary Lucy of the Incarnation, OP entered the Monastery in 1950 and made her first profession on July 2, 1952. She was professed 62 years.

Sister was an accomplished musician. She played the organ and piano, but especially loved the violin! Before her entrance, she played the violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. (That's Austin, the capital of Texas--as she loved to tell us!) 

Sister held a variety of duties around the Monastery, including librarian, infirmarian, maintenance, and bursar (in charge of paying bills, etc.) Sister was an especially dedicated worker who came to work in the Guild (her last assignment) until shortly before her death.

Sister was born on the 4th of July--Independence Day in the United States--and missed celebrating her 90th birthday by one day. She was very witty and had a great sense of humor, taking inspiration from everything around her to make little jokes.

Sister was a true community person, who loved the Dominican life and lived it to the full. She loved our life of common prayer, and also spent a lot of private time at adoration. We miss you so much, Sister Mary Lucy!

Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, 
And let perpetual light shine upon her!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Rosary and Funeral Mass Times for Sr. Mary Lucy, OP

The Rosary for Sr. Mary Lucy will be at 7 PM on Monday,  July 7, 2014 in our monastery chapel.

The Funeral Mass for Sr. Mary Lucy will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in our monastery chapel. Weather permitting, we will process to our monastery cemetery for the burial after the Mass.

For more information on our monastic funerals, please check out our Spring 2012 issue of "Monastery Bells" here.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rest in Peace, Sister Mary Lucy OP

Our dear Sister Mary Lucy entered eternal life on July 3, 2014, about 4:10 in the morning. We will post the times for her rosary and funeral Mass when we know them. Please keep our sister in your prayers. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saints Peter and Paul, 2014

Today we celebrate the solemnity of these two great saints, Peter and Paul. The Preface of today's Mass says it best: "Peter, foremost in confessing the faith, / Paul, its outstanding preacher, / Peter, who established the early Church from the remnant of Israel, / Paul, master and teacher of the Gentiles that you call." Two saints, so different, so complementary, both so needed in today's world! 

People sometimes ask, "How do you celebrate a solemnity? What makes it different?" Our main celebration is liturgical, with Mass and singing of the Liturgy of the Hours for the day. But there are usually other little signs that make the day special. One example is that we have a little treat for meals. Sr. Marie Augustine made a special fruit plate for today's dinner (or lunch, as you may refer to it!).

Sister has several different kinds of fruit here: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, and pineapple. We usually have fruit of some kind at our meals but it's not usually this fancy! 

A solemnity is a day to meditate on the saint (or on our Lord or the Blessed Virgin) and pray for a deeper conversion, to imitate those who have gone before us in faith. But it's also a day to celebrate our faith and give thanks for all the graces we have been given. Saints Peter and Paul give us a lot to ponder, pray over, and celebrate today!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2014

This memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a complement to the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (celebrated yesterday) and is an encouragement to all of us to imitate Mary. She continually pondered on the mysteries of her Son's life: his incarnation and birth, his presentation and later his being found in the Temple, his hidden years at home, his public ministry, and finally his passion, death and resurrection. May we, like Mary, remember all these things and reflect on them in our hearts, until they become part of us!