Send Maria to the Convent!

For: Maria Gonzalez
Organizer: Maria Gonzalez
Send Maria to the Convent! (Maria Gonzalez)
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The Story

Hello Beloved in Christ,

If you don’t already know me, my name is Maria Gonzalez. I am 28 years old and I am a parishioner at St. Pius V in Providence and an active member of the St. Pius V Young Adult Group.  For the past three years, I have felt a calling to give my life to God.  After discerning different communities, I have found my life’s dream in a Monastery of cloistered Dominican Nuns in Linden, Virginia.  I have taken an active interest in them in the last year and a half and decided to apply this last Fall.  On Friday, January 24, 2014, I received the thrilling news that I was accepted into their community.  I am overwhelmed with joy and can’t wait to enter!

The vocation of a Dominican nun is an invitation from God to be conformed to Christ as his spouse on Earth through professing the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in community.  Dominican nuns seek to live out the vocation of Christ praying on the mountain as they give their lives to God and offer up their prayers and actions for the good of the Church and the world.  They are also the powerhouse of prayer for the Dominican mission of evangalization.  It is my heart's deepest desire to live out this vocation.   

Unfortunately, I have about $37,000 in college debt which I will have to pay before entering.  I have been actively paying this debt off slowly on my own.  However, it would take me several years to be able to pay it all off on my own.  And that is why I am humbly asking your help.  I am wondering if you might be so generous as to help me pay this off soon, so that I may enter soon.  I would be forever grateful and promise to pray for you and your intentions in the monastery.  I can also post the intentions so that all the nuns can pray for them.  I know that if many people contribute, then I will be able to pay off my loans and enter soon. 

I will carefully make a record of what each persons has given me and acknowledge it in a thank you letter.  I have every intention of making final vows and living out my whole life in the monastery.  If for whatever reason I leave at any point, I am committed to repaying everyone the full amount donatedwho made it possible for me to enter through their generosity.      

-your sister in prayer and in Jesus, Mary, and Dominic,

Maria Gonzalez

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 20, 2014

Posted on October 20, 2014

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Beloved of Jesus Christ!

I want to express a final time my deepest gratitude for helping to make my long anticipated desire a reality! Words can not describe the depths of my gratitude and the awe at the grace of God at work through uniting all of us together in support of his charity. This is why I am excited to share with you my entrance date! January 3, 2015! The feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

This feast is dear to us Dominicans because it was in the year 1274, that
Pope Gregory selected the Dominican Order, in particular Blessed John of Vercelli, the Dominican’s master general, to spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus to fight blasphemy. Unfortunately even now, some Christians find it difficult to mention the name of Jesus Christ in light of such negative responses. The reason souls are so repulsed by the power of the name of Jesus is because of his own authority. Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, Phil. 2:9-11. Of course it takes courage and prudent discernment not to use his name irreverently. But when called to evangelize say at a local abortion clinic, we need not assume this is so when there is a hungry soul starving to hear the name of the very one who can free her from the perils or the sins of the flesh.  We have a grave obligation to use his name when appropriate, you, feed my sheep Jn. 21:17. We arehis name, as Christians, it is also our identity that we are proclaiming. In Jesus Christ, we are one body with our spouse, why be ashamed of yourself? In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Eph.5:28. The Church proclaims a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who is Truth and Wisdom Incarnate. Because of this truth, when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we are joining all of our prayers for ourselves to those in need without losing any grace for ourselves while meriting for others in a beautiful act of charity.

The Word of God sanctified words, our emotions and the flesh are subordinate to our words when we speak the truth- we gain grace, and when we misuse words, we lose grace. Saying, I love you, Jesus Christ throughout the day, unites the body that it might join to the spirit and grow deeper in love with Jesus Christ. Only in his name is the power to drive out demons, in his name we are freed from the yoke of slavery and bondage which sin binds us, and are relieved of shame and brought into union with the body of Christ in Baptism. The name Emmanuel means God is with us! 
Each time we say Jesus, we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Each time we say Jesus, let us clearly wish to offer God all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. Each time we say Jesus, we gain indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Each time we say Jesus, it is an act of perfect love, for we offer to God the infinite love of Jesus. The Holy Name of Jesus disposes us to receive grace upon grace.The Holy Name of Jesus is an all-powerful prayer. Our Lord himself solemnly promises that whatever we ask the Father in his Name we shall receive. God never fails to keep his word. When we say, Jesus, let us ask God for all we need with absolute confidence of being heard.

May God bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall the Lord put his name upon his people. Num. 6:22-27



God bless you,
In Christ Jesus through Mary and St. Dominic,

My heart is indebted to your's,
Your Maria


Please pray for priests and religious

Posted on September 15, 2014

Posted on September 15, 2014

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Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows 

Beloved in Christ Jesus, 

I want to share an update on the incredible success of the fundraiser Saturday evening! It was so moving and beautiful to see how my peers put on this fundraiser and how the Providence community came together in support. I felt as if I were experiencing the merry-making of the prodigal son. It was very humbling to allow God to use me, a sinner, to magnify his mercy. 

Great news! A very generous donor came and offered to pay the remaining balance after the fundraiser! So I am now paid off! I can not wait to spend my life this way, as a heartbeat hidden in the heart of the Church. Life is but a blink of the eye in eternity and I can not think of a greater way to live it than, compelled by love, to offer God my life as a single act of gratitude. A prayer of "I love you, God".

Thank you again and again for making this possible for me. There are truly no words, except awe at the might of God, who likes to manifest his might on the lowliest.

I want to share a prayer request with you: 

In light of the crisis worldwide, and particularly for our brothers and sister Christians who are suffering, I just want to share these words from St. JPII to encourage us, with the incredible power of the Most Holy Rosary to annoint the feet of Jesus to prepare him for his burial.

”We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American Society , or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies with the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously … We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ. With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectually renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood? This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and in his Holy Mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.” -St. John Paul II (+ 2005) 

Please pray the Rosary 

God bless you, 
All the love of my heart, Your Maria

Posted on September 2, 2014

Posted on September 2, 2014

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Beloved in Christ!

I just wanted to write an announcement that a week from this Saturday, Sept. 13 St. Pius V Parish will be hosting a parish fundraiser the Dominican Dinner Dance, featuring our parish band The Bad Habits whose drummer is our own beloved Fr. Hyacinth! There will be food, dancing and raffle items. At 5:00pm in the parish hall. Tickets will be available at the door.  

I hope to see you there! :) God bless you.

Your's in Christ, 
Maria

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