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  • Women's Households

    Acceptance with Joy

    “In all our troubles, our joy knows no bounds.” 2 Corinthians 7:4

    As sisters in Acceptance with Joy, we aim to live and help one another live as Christians with emphasis on the charisma of accepting all things with joy. The vision of our household is to live with, love, serve, and encourage one another in our walk with Christ.

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    Beloved First Truth

    The women of Beloved First Truth seek passionately to surrender ourselves to God that the fire of His love may transform us so that like St. Catherine of Siena we may say, “And what is my nature, Boundless Love? It is fire.” We seek to cultivate what our Holy Father Pope John Paul II called the “feminine genius” through contemplative prayer, sound formation of the intellect, and rich interpersonal fellowship. We take as our Meditation, Christ who is “The Way, The Truth and The Life.” (Jn. 14:6)

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    Carae Domini

    “Love one another with the affection of sisters. Anticipate each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack, but be fervent in spirit, He who you serve is the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in trial, persevere in prayer. Look on the needs of the saints as your own; be generous in offering hospitality. Bless your persecutors, bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:10-15)

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    Children of the Lord

    "We, the children of the Lord, in a child-like spirit of simplicity, strive with the utmost joy for a perpetual consciousness of our complete dependence on God, our gracious Father. And with a humble hope, we desire nothing more than to be entirely submissive to His will.

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    Crown of Creation

    Crown of Creation household strives to live in light of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s teachings on Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, and to help others realize their own dignity bestowed on them by Christ. We aim to live out the Theology of the Body by recognizing that we are created in the image and likeness of God for interpersonal communion and are called to use our God-given dignity to be spiritual mothers.

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    Daughters of Divine Mercy

    As Christ’s own daughters, we strive to place our trust always in His Divine Mercy. Through the daily example of our individual lives and the life of our household, we endeavor to remind the world of the merciful love of God towards every human being.

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    Daughters of Jerusalem

    From the beginning, God the Father has given us, His daughters, utmost personal dignity by creating us in His own image and likeness, and, thus, enabling us to be in a unique relationship with Him. Through sin, however, we marred this dignity. The Father, instead of forsaking His fallen daughters, offered the supreme sacrifice to bring us back to Himself. In ineffable love, the Father sent His Son to die for His daughters to restore our dignity and allow us to reclaim our broken relationship with the Father.

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    Daughters of Zion

    THE ANOINTED BEARER OF GLAD TIDINGS The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God; To comfort all who mourn; to place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of justice, the planting of the Lord to show his glory. Isaiah 61:1-3

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    Gaudete in Via Crucis

    The phrase Gaudete in via Crucis—“rejoicing on the way of the cross”—embodies our household mission: to walk daily the road to Calvary, with the purpose of being united with our Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross.

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    Handmaids of the Lord

    As handmaids of the Lord, we are called to do the will of God in our lives. We strive for unity as sisters in Christ and for growth in individual prayer. We want to fall so in love with Jesus that His love will overflow to all aspects of our lives and the lives of others. To do this we give our lives to our most Blessed Mother and try to emulate her pure and undying love for our Lord.

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    Illuminata Pace

    As sisters illuminating peace, we seek to live a simple, selfless life after the example of our brother St. Francis of Assisi in order that we may become lights to the world.

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    Love of the Lamb

    “Realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct … not with perishable things like silver orgold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ as of a spotless, unblemished lamb.” (1Peter 1:18)

    “Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth, for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)

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    Madonna of the Streets

    Madonna of the Streets is a response to Pope John Paul II’s call to young people: “Do not be afraid to go out onto the streets and into public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns, and villages” (World Youth Day, Denver, 1993). We desire to be an active part of the New Evangelization through our prayer and service to bring about a Culture of Life and a Civilization of Love.

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    Mary, Spouse of the Spirit

    We, Mary, Spouse of the Spirit Household, wish to know the will of God for our lives. We support each other in the discernment of religious life. Our goals are:

    To encourage each other to build through prayer our love relationship with the Lord

    To grow closer to God by living more pure lives

    To sacrifice with joy the distractions of the world in order to gain purity of heart

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    Mulieres Claræ Dei

    Mulieres Claræ Dei is a group of women who strive to live as joyful and fearless daughters of Christ. Recognizing both the beauty and strength of authentic femininity, they work to inspire passionate understanding of each person’s God-given dignity through evangelization and constant conversion. Mulieres Claræ Dei has chosen St. Maria Goretti, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Clare of Assisi to intercede for the intentions of the household.

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    Redemptoris Mater

    Redemptoris Mater is a group of women who strive to make Our Lady of Perpetual Help known. Reflecting on the significance of the Lord’s passion, they realize that their suffering brings them closer to Christ. They run to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in times of trial, and she shows them that “With God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). Redemptoris Mater has chosen Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Michael, and St.Gabriel to intercede for the intentions of the household.

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    Regina Angelorum

    "With your help, as long as there is strength within us, we will fight to the last breath, so help us O Queen, O Lady, O best and dearest Mother!" -St. Max Kolbe

    "We the women of Regina Angelorum, in adhering to God's will, are called to combat the forces of evil through the intercession of Mary and the Holy Angels. We realize that the fight against Satan's powers cannot be taken alone. This is why God, in his goodness and love, has given us the gift of our sisters to witness to each other and to challenge one another to love as Christ loves.

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    Rosa Mystica

    “Woman why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Jn 20:15

    We, Rosa Mystica Household, seek to fully receive the crucified love of Christ, to lovingly embrace suffering in reparation for our sins and to joyfully share the triumphant love of our resurrected Savior. At the foot of the cross, we seek intimate union with the Blessed Mother, our teacher of humble obedience to the will of God and with Mary Magdalene, our model of penitential vulnerability in receiving the merciful love of Christ.

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    Roses of the Immaculate Heart

    “Listen my faithful children: open your petals, like roses planted near running waters:… send up the sweet odor of your hymn of praise: bless the Lord for all He has done!” Sirach 39: 13-14

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    Sacrifice of Love

    I, commit myself to be a member of Sacrifice Of Love. I want to strive to live a life of submission to the will of God and acceptance of all that He chooses to give me. Just as Christ loved me so greatly that he made the ultimate sacrifice of His own life, so I too want to sacrifice my needs and desires for Christ and others. I will attempt, with the grace of God, to love all people unconditionally.

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    Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

    Nourished by the Eucharistic and encouraged by our Mother Mary, we are able to serve Christ in our brothers and sisters.

    The Eucharist is the true body of Christ which He gave for the life of the world (John 6:55). It is our risen Lord, yet contains all the love for sinners which caused Jesus great agony at the Garden of Gethsemane and was poured out for us on Calvary. As Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, we are called to claim the victory of the cross by uniting our lives to the Eucharist.

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    Spirit and Truth

    A life in Spirit and Truth proceeds from a relationship with God, and yields a lifestyle of praise. As Spirit and Truth worshipers (cf. John 4:23), we respond to the call of Catholic discipleship by seeking to glorify God through a lifestyle of singing His praises in the Spirit and proclaiming His Word.

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    Stella Mariae

    We burn with the fire of God’s love that comes to us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This ardent love consumes us from within, burning out our sinfulness. Jesus’ heart is the source of our light, and from His enflamed Heart, He makes our hearts shine, shine with Love and Light. We surrender our will to the Lord’s Love and place ourselves in His Heart. Here we abandon our own will and are filled with the will of the Father.

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    The Little Flowers

    We the members of the Little Flowers Household, strive to be radical women who proclaim Jesus as our Lord by serving God, one another and our campus.

    Let us not grow weary in doing good; if we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest. While we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men but especially those in the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10

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    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

    “The special spiritual significance of Theotokos, an immediate consequence of its doctrinal richness, is that we can never intelligently invoke Mary by this title without letting her inspire in us a deep desire for a more intimate union with God through her Son.”

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    Totus Tuus, Maria

    Our Household is founded on complete surrender to Jesus through Mary. In an attempt to understand Mary’s unconditional love and the many ways in which she manifests this love, we find the Beatitudes to be the most perfect summary of our understanding.

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