Day: 6. May 2014

The perpetual Profession of Br.Tiago

Tonight complete 130 years since Father Mary alphonse died. And this death is source of life for all who came after him in Sion and who preceded us. Today we are Daughters and Sons  of  this  life  that  we  celebrate  200  years  of  birth  and  130 years  after his death that is part of God’s plan. We are responsible for the continuation of his work built with his brother, where Jerusalem is the result of his persistence or his response to the insistence of God. The  vows  of  Brother  Tiago  is  well  placed  in  the  context  of  this  celebration. Tiago, today you will engage in  a religious  family desired by  God for  a clear mission   in  the  Church  to   the  world.  Testify  that  the  plan  of  God   towards humankind passes through the faith of Abraham, by the formation of his people, the  Jewish people,  its Torah, by  which  we have  Jesus  Christ, that  opened the promises    of God    to all  the Nations.  And    we   are  called  to testify  that the understanding  of  this  wonder  of  …

Mary Alphonse Ratisbone

Alphonse’s Last Years Returning to Jerusalem, Alphonse continued to consolidate the three works of Sion, Ecce Homo, Ein Kerem and St. Peter’s. In spite of being half-blind, often ill and crushed by the workload, he never lost confidence. He continued to draw inspiration from the fact that had been granted the privilege of ‘pitching his tent” in Jerusalem. He lived continually in Mary’s presence. News of Theodore’s death, 10th of January 1884, left Alphonse deeply saddened. With his own health declining and eyesight failing, he would sit alone in his small house looking towards Mary’s shrine in the garden of Ein Kerem. A few weeks before his death, he confided to Fr. Estrate, the revered superior general of the Sacred Heart of Betharram and Alphonse’s Spiritual Director, “I do not know why I, a poor sinner, not only do not fear death but long for it. My ardent wish is to die with the Memorare on my lips.” Alphonse also made this request to Father Estrate, “When I am on my death bed, do not …