Notes of Gratitude

There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return.
— Pope Leo XIII
O Sacred Heart of Jesus ... You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
— St. Gertrude the Great
Choose the divine Heart for your sacred oratory, wherein to offer to God your petitions and prayers that may be pleasing to Him.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Greetings to dearest Sisters in Christ...

and a most blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi!  We live the richest life! ...

We bid adieu to that beautiful month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our time of discernment regarding our involvement in this Apostolate.  Let us now welcome that beautiful month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, where we respond to God's Will regarding the Apostolate for the upcoming year. 

Please inform your Anchoress TODAY (if you haven't already) whether you will continue with your Seven Sisters group or depart from its schedule and commitment.  By informing your Anchoress in a timely fashion, hope remains to adjust/adapt any prayer coverage transitions needed to keep them seamless for our priests/bishops.

To both those continuing or departing - eternal gratitude.  Every sacrifice, every prayer bears eternal worth.  Both new beginnings and renewals hold great graces - each entering the radiance of His infinite love through His Sacred Heart!

Gratitude lives well beyond my heart.  Straight from the hearts of priest-recipients regarding your prayers and sacrifices are just a sampling of notes of gratitude... 

>  “I believe the Seven Sisters Apostolate has been a great source of grace for my priesthood and, as a result, for all those to whom I minister.  I sense that I have been more centered and integrated in my public and personal life, and that the spark of love for Christ and for His Body has been intensified on a daily basis, helping me to overcome distraction, temptation and weariness of heart.  While I may not recall each day that a female disciple of Jesus is praying for me in a very intentional way, perhaps the strength and encouragement I derive in habitual manner is a taste of what Jesus felt as he was surrounded and supported by holy women.  I am very grateful for the circle of “sisters” who pray for me, and for all whose love for Christ is extended in beautiful solidarity with those who share the yoke of my priesthood.  Thank you so much.”

>  "Since my group of 7 Sisters started praying for me, I often feel comforted and very supported by the fact that I have this loving shield of Marian intercession continually round about me, enfolding me and bearing me up.  ... To be so loved, in such a spiritual, prayerful way, I feel so much more confident as a priest, especially when I am facing difficult situations."

"I take consolation and strength from knowing that I am being prayed for each day during a prayer hour."

"I am grateful for your prayers. It allows the Lord to sustain and bear fruit in and through His priests."

"I’m so deeply grateful to be daily enveloped by such powerful prayer.  The effects of the prayers of these dear women have been tangibly felt on numerous occasions.  I have no words to express how blessed I feel.”

"… I'm convinced that none of us can thrive without a reliance on prayer, so I appreciate knowing that I'm strengthened by my own prayer life, and the prayers being offered by the Seven Sisters.  God bless this Apostolate for all the good it's doing for the lives of priests and for the life of the Church!”

>  "Knowing that each day throughout the course of the week is covered with hidden prayer before the Lord is a great consolation that spurs me on to serve with zeal and generosity. I am a grateful recipient of this powerful and steady intercession which reminds me that apart from Him I can do nothing. All of us, priests included, are like the paralytic in the Gospel - carried aloft to the Lord by the prayers of friends, loved ones, even of hidden contemplatives and unknown intercessors. The Seven Sisters who dedicate themselves to pray for my intentions and priestly vocation in no small way take up their part in the Church’s mission for souls. With heartfelt thanks, A grateful associate pastor"

>  "Many times during the week I recall that one of the Seven Sisters is praying for me.  I find it so comforting, and also humbling.  Their charity inspires me to be more generous in the time I spend in prayer.  When I'm struggling to keep prayer as a priority, I'm deeply grateful for the powerful intercession provided by these holy women." 

> "I am sure that I would be in much worse shape if I didn't have prayer warriors assisting the ministry here. This is what I think: Ministry has its own challenges, as any walk of life, but ours is somewhat different. When things have been spiritually "sleepy" for a long time, the forces of evil don't have a lot to worry about. However when renewal begins to happen (especially under a pastor's leadership) people's lives begin to change. Evil hates that. Many times skirmishes in parishes seem to be about change, but there is a darker side. That darker side is a spiritual battle for people's souls... Therefore one begins to see a rise in things like gossip, complaining, criticizing the pastor, etc..

While they might have some grounding in reality, I believe many times it is a reaction of the struggle between good and evil. That's where pastors can get discouraged, back down from or avoid challenging issues or situations that must be addressed... What is hurt is the community spirituality. THIS is where I see the Seven Sisters so important! I am aware of a situation where a Seven Sisters prayer person got upset with the pastor she was praying for and subsequently said she would no longer pray for him! Maybe the Scripture passage about "praying for your enemies" was not one she was familiar with. We don't just pray for those whom we like :) I am assured that those praying for me help to protect me from anything that would thwart God's plan for the parishes I serve.  I am humbled and MOST grateful to those faithful women."

Many priests nationwide are learning of new assignments/ retirement in these days.  It is a new season for these shepherds and a new season for those Seven Sisters in prayer for them. Prayer efforts may need to be ramped up a bit for those in the unsteadiness of the transitions.  So many details, one step at a time.  Let us generously offer our folded hands and bended knees in support. 

This is my 'go to' prayer in life's transitions.  May this prayer of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) be yours (and for a transitioning priest), as well: 

"O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.  Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.  I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace. Amen." 

United in prayer and mission...

that our prayers may find the heart of every bishop and priest...

... eternal gratitude continues as you each remember to offer a wee Hail Mary for me every day....  Pray that I will not 'spoil the beautiful work that God has entrusted...'  (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta) 

... your kind emails and notes and generous support always arrive to my heart door at the right moment! Your letters of testimony (of both victories and challenges) are so beautiful and edifying! Don't stop writing to me. Eternal gratitude is mine for YOU! Be assured of my continued daily prayers for you at the altar.


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NOTE to ANCHORESSES: In the upcoming weeks, Seven Sister (and spreadsheet maestro), Marg, will be contacting the Anchoresses to confirm active groups and related information.  She will reach out to the Anchoresses and pass updates to Seven Sister, Rose, our Web Master.  My heart is not big enough to express proper gratitude to these two generous souls!  May God richly reward them - now and later!

SEVEN SISTERS - in and out and about:

HOLY HOUR for you:  I offered a Holy Hour for your discernment regarding your involvement with Seven Sisters on Sunday, May 6.  His grace is sufficient!

SEVEN SISTERS BOOKLETS: Available as free download from Web site.  Hard copies are passed on for printing costs of $2 each. Order through Web or my email (above). We ship same day or next.

NOTE to Anchoresses: If you do not receive a Communiqué within the first 7 days of a new month, contact me directly or through the Web site email. In turn, when received, please pass the Communiqué within one week's time to your group members, if able - or have another in the group do this for you.

AHEAD on the calendar:

> Many are sharing heartening news of Seven Sisters groups gathering with the priest(s) for whom they pray.  A simple, intentional time of prayer (often Mass), honor, gratitude, testimonies and good food.  Now a cherished annual event for some!

> It is encouraged that group members meet together for a concerted offering of the commitment prayer (See Web and find both English and Spanish versions) near the Feast of the Sacred Heart (this year: June 8).  Some groups attend Mass together and offer the prayer following Mass. 

> Saturday, 2 June 2018 Magnificat (Pocahontas, IA) Janette (It was indeed blessed!)

> Saturday, 9 June 2018 Magnificat (Lincoln, NE) Janette

> EWTN - Fr Johnson and Janette.  18 June 2018 is the taping

> In the works for Fall: Day of Recollection (Lincoln & Grand Island diocese)

Save the Date:  5th Annual St Paul -Mpls Archdiocesan Time of Recollection: First Sat, 3 Nov 2018.  St Hubert, Chanhassen, MN. Archbishop Hebda will preside at Mass. Details to follow.  Grace upon grace!

The PRIEST is NOT His OWN (Fulton Sheen): Copies available: $15 each (this includes postage). Order through my email or Web site.  SUPERB to consider the role/dignity of the Priest! Recommended 
reading for each AnchoressAUDIO version on also for a read along!

REMEMBRANCE of those SEVEN SISTERS who have PASSED: We want to remember those Seven Sisters in name and in prayer, who have gone before us to their eternal rest. Visit the Web site. Click on ABOUT folder and scroll to bottom, choose: IN REMEMBRANCE.  Follow prompts... OR you may submit info via the Website email or to my email address. Please check site monthly for additions!

PRIEST who has PASSED to ETERNAL REST: If the priest for whom you pray has entered eternal life, the group may be led to continue to pray for a length of time for the soul of that priest. Perhaps a novena of Holy Hours or the offering of holy Mass(es) for the priest.  You will know.  Several groups have/are offering Holy Hours for an entire year for their beloved deceased priest.  What a witness of love!

SPANISH translation of Communique:  This is generously done every month by Zahyra B, Anchoress for a Seven Sisters group in Venezuela.  They are then posted (and archived) on the Website.  If it is easier to receive through an email account, please let me know. Zahyra recently translated the Commitment Prayer (on the Web).