A Ray of Mercy

Posted by - April 28, 2019

God’s Gift of Remedios Palacios Castro    In World War I Saipan was seized by Japan from Germany by October 1914.  Following that war, Saipan was placed under the Japanese by the League of Nations as part of the South Pacific Mandate.  From that time onward the Japanese developed the island and had thriving fishing

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A Personal Reflection: Celebrating Ruby on EASTER

Posted by - April 21, 2019

By: Sr. MaryAnn Hartmann, MMB Today, April 21st, we celebrate EASTER–the newness of life in the Resurrection of Christ.     I have celebrated April 21st, since 1979, as the Anniversary of my First Profession of Vows, as a Mercedarian Missionary of Berriz. Most people are familiar with the Silver Anniversary of 25 years or the

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Realizing Blessed Margarita’s Missionary Vision

Posted by - December 16, 2018

One of the characteristics that Mother Margarita desired of “her daughters” (Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz) was that they live with a spirit of JOY.  She wanted her Sisters to be full of life and radiate God’s love to everyone around them, no matter the circumstances. Here is an uplifting story of one of these Mercedarian

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Mother Margarita and the “Little Flower” – Part 2

Posted by - October 7, 2018

Like St. Therese, Mother Margarita struggled with prayer for a very long time. In the darkness of her soul, she began to think all her faith had been extinguished. Spiritual consolation was something that eluded both Therese and Margarita, simply because God was acting in their lives to show them that He was more than

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Mother Margarita and the “Little Flower” – Part 1

Posted by - September 29, 2018

The Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, lovingly called the “Little Flower,” is celebrated by the Church on October 1st. This date was chosen because Therese died on September 30th. Following an ancient custom of celebrating one’s entrance into heaven the next day, October 1 was chosen to celebrate her life and her eternal birth.

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A niche with a statue of Our Lady of Mercy, Patroness of the Mercedarian Order, graces the façade above the entrance of the Convent Church of the Motherhouse of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz.

A Profound Connection

Posted by - September 22, 2018

Until 1867, the Mercedarian Sisters of Berriz were able to evade the decrees ordering the religious communities to sell their possessions. But in this year, the Spanish government gave direct orders to sell everything, and there was nothing that could be done to avoid it. Poorer than ever, the sisters continued to serve God. The

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