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God’s Generosity is Astounding with Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus

By February 22, 2023March 29th, 2023podcast, Steier Tips

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In the Gospel, Jesus fed 5,000 with only five loaves and two fish. After the crowd was satisfied, there were 12 wicker baskets left over. God provides the abundance. In each episode of this podcast, we will explore, with pastoral leaders and development professionals, all the many ways God meets the spiritual and temporal needs of our parish communities, our Catholic schools and the diocesan church. And not only meets those needs but provides in abundance.

The 12th episode of the podcast is God’s Generosity is Astounding with Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus.

In this episode, Mother Mary Clare, Mother Superior and foundress of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, along with Sister Annunciata, share how God has proven to be astoundingly generous to each of them in their own vocational journey, but also in the life of their community. Relying upon divine providence for all their material needs (the sisters have no income beyond free-will offerings), the Handmaids have experienced first-hand how God not only provides, but does so in abundance.

The name of the community derives from the mystery of the Annunciation. Upon hearing the Lord’s invitation from the Archangel Gabriel, Mary embraced her unique vocation with the words, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me as you say” (Luke 1:38). Seeking to live in imitation of Mary’s own fiat, the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus is a community of Catholic religious sisters who serve as spiritual mothers in the diocesan life of the Church, being a stable presence in parishes in a manner complementary to diocesan priesthood.

Established in 2010, this relatively new religious community has grown to 36 sisters living in convents in the Diocese of New Ulm (the community’s mother house), the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Duluth, and the Diocese of Bismarck. The sisters make it clear that their own vocation to be generous of heart stems from their relationship with the Lord, who has given us everything-including himself in reparation for sin. The stories shared in this episode are a good reminder of the Lord’s command, a command the Handmaids keep before them by relying upon God for everything:  “Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give” (Matthew 10:8).

Guest: Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus

Mother Mary Clare – Mother Superior
Sister Annunciata – Administrative Assistant

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