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The Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Two-Fold Charism
What is your community all about, Sister?
The Institute of the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament finds fulfillment in its dedication to the Holy Eucharist. In fact, the Institute was founded to spread devotion to the Blessed Sacrament throughout the world, particularly through education. Our charism is two-fold, Eucharistic and Marian.
Our devotion requires the help of Mary, hence the Marian aspect of our charism. Mary is the one who leads us all to Jesus, and devotion to her Son in the Eucharist cannot be done without her help and intercession. After all, Mary is the true tabernacle!
Our Sisters are involved in education, but recognize that Mary is the only one who can teach us to give ourselves to Jesus and to receive Jesus!
What is the mission of the Sisters?
The mission of the Sisters is to spread the love for Jesus in the Eucharist through teaching. We are in international missions, but much of the focus is on education. There, the children are taught how to pray, adore, and spiritual practices are fostered. Clearly, this is an important ministry, which we embrace wholeheartedly.
Do you teach the children how to understand the Mass?
In catechizing school children, we explain why and how we must participate in the holy sacrifice of the Mass. We explain the Last Supper and the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, then they can better understand Christ's eternal sacrifice, in which we enter at every Mass. We explain that we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist in every Mass. This catechesis and knowledge will allow them to actively participate in the life of the Church.
Thank you, Sister.
A Network of Mercedarian Sisters
The Sisters are present in four states: Ohio, Texas, Louisiana and California. See the YouTube interview of Sr. Jeanette Marie and Sr. Ana, The Joy of Being a Mercedarian Sister at http://www.youtube.com/
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