December 17, 2019

Sister Maria Celeste – Part V

After the events of 1725, with the revelations, during or in the wake of receiving Holy Communion, for a new order of nuns to be dedicated to honoring Christ as the Redeemer, it took several years for the order to be officially formed. In late May of 1731, however, that took place.

On October 4, 1731, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Sr. Maria received a revelation once more. Once more, it occurred during Holy Communion. She encountered a brilliant light and certain words, echoing the Gospel of Mark, were emphasized to her: “Go ye and preach to every creature that the kingdom of God is at hand.” From this, she understood that she was again to write down the rule for a new religious assembly, this one for men.

She did indeed write it down and, combined with the rule of the Redemptoristine nuns she had received six years earlier, this became the rule for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists, founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. This congregation also continues to this day.

Source: Miller, Fr. D.F., C.SS.R, and Aubin, Fr. L.X., C.SS.R, St. Alphonsus Liguori (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1987) p. 58.


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