Happy Mother Paula and Father Founder Day!

We give you thanks, God our Father, for Abbot Francis Pfanner and Mother Paula Emunds.  May the holiness of their lives inspire us to serve You and work for Your honor and glory.  Bless all of us that we may faithfully and joyfully continue the work which they began.  All for and with God!  Father Founder and Mother Paula, pray for us!

"Deep down in my soul I feel that we have lost our Founder, our Father… Oh, how profound and painful this loss is to me…This strong and noble soul never for one moment gave in to natural weakness.  He was and remained a Trappist until the end… relishing those episodes in his eventful life when Divine Providence had led him in unknown ways and quite often in spite of himself.  At such times, he said, he could rest assured to have fulfilled God’s will." 

                     -- Mother Paula Emunds on the Death of Abbot Francis Pfanner

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Mother Paula Emunds, Co-Foundress

8 January 1865 - 21 May 1948


               VALIANT WOMAN

1.   A valiant woman strong and true,
in all things sought God’s will;
left home and all she knew and loved,
to dare the utmost for God.

2.   Christ’s Precious Blood, her priceless treasure,
was shed for one and for all;
no sacrifice too much to render
to make God’s great love known.

3.   God is my Father, I’m God’s child,
rest safely in God’s love;
our God is good and truly good
is everything God does.

4.    In loving union with our God,
and faithful in little things;
Paula Emunds made her life
a constant worship of God.

Text: Marian Maskulak, cps
Tune: Land of Rest: meter: 86 86

Sung by: CPS Generalate - 20 May 2020, Rome, Italy


Abbot Francis Pfanner, Father Founder

21 September 1825 - 24 May 1909


               DAILY SEEKING

1.   Full of love for God and neighbor Francis Pfanner sought God’s way.
Daily seeking only God’s will he continued come what may.
Fully trusting, never doubting, full of faith in God alone,
thus he ran the race before him so to reach th’eternal home.

2.   Set on fire to spread the Gospel prayer and work filled all his days.
Holding fast through pain and struggle he relied upon God’s grace.
Zeal for mission knew no bound’ries, all God’s people must be served,
this apostle to the Zulus wanted all to hear God’s Word.

3.   As we gather round God’s table sharing life and breaking bread,
Francis Pfanner would remind us Precious Blood for us was shed.
Called to live the Paschal Myst’ry, love God’s people far and near,
in our living, in our actions may our witness stand out clear.

Text: Marian Maskulak, cps
Tune: Beach Spring; meter: 87 87 D

Sung by: CPS North American Province - May 2009, Toronto, Canada


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Video Summary of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi - Vatican Media

Pope Francis gave an extraordinary message “To the City and to the World” (Urbi et Orbi) on 27 March 2020 to pray for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.  "We are all on the same boat" in this crisis and we cry out to Jesus as the disciples did, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"   Pope Francis reminded us of Jesus’ response to the disciples: “Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?”  (Mark 4:40)

“Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: ‘Do not be afraid’ (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, ‘cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us’ (cf. 1Pet 5:7).”

 Urbi et Orbi Reflection of Pope Francis Full Text



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Worldwide Crisis, Worldwide Prayer

march 22 2020


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

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World Day for Consecrated Life / Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

2 Feb 2020 Presentation of the Lord

2 Feb 2020 CMM Candle ritual  

"My eyes have seen your salvation" (Luke 2:30).  These are the words of Simeon, whom the Gospel presents as a simple man, "righteous and devout."  Pope Francis continues to say, "You too, dear consecrated brothers and sisters, you are simple men and women who caught sight of the treasure worth more than any worldly good.  And so you left behind precious things, such as possessions, such as making a family for yourselves.  Why did you do this? Because you fell in love with Jesus, you saw everything in him, and enraptured by his gaze, you left the rest behind.

Religious life is this vision.  It means seeing what really matters in life. It means welcoming the Lord’s gift with open arms, as Simeon did.  This is what the eyes of consecrated men and women behold: the grace of God poured into their hands. The consecrated person is one who every day looks at himself or herself and says: “Everything is gift, all is grace”.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us thank God for the gift of the consecrated life and ask of him a new way of looking, that knows how to see grace, how to look for one’s neighbour, how to hope.  Then our eyes too will see salvation.

pdfFull text of Pope Francis' Homily on the 24th World Day for Consecrated Life

pdfHomily of Fr. Thulani Mbuyisa, CMM - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord


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