Wednesday, July 27, 2011

100th Entry of Habitually Speaking

It is offical. I have now reached 100 entries of "Habitually Speaking." I must say it is exciting to reach this milestone!

In honor of this occassion, I would like to ask, you, the reader, if there are any topics that you would be interested in reading about on here. Please write them in the comment box. Thank you!

I have been thinking about what else I can do to celebrate, and I have noticed that one tradition for bloggers is to write 100 things about themselves. So I decided to simply write 100 things:

1 Great Franciscan Movie:
Clare and Francis

1 Favorite Devotion of Our Community:
The Sacred Heart of Jesus

3 Words to explain the Rule of St. Francis:
Live the Gospel

3 Upcoming Discernment Retreats:
-November 4-6, 2011
-February 17-19, 2012
-May 18-20, 2012

Our 3 Apostolates
-Parish/Community Services

4 Charisms of our Community:
-simplicity, built on faith in a loving God
-joyful acceptance of poverty
-love for the Church
-selfless dedication to the service of others

5 Things You Might Not Know about St. Francis:
-His birthname was John (Giovanni), but later his father renamed him "Francesco," because of a good experience in France.
-He had dreamt of becoming a knight and failed at his attempts.
-Before his interior conversion, he was often seen partying and carousing in the streets of Assisi.
-He became friends with Sultan Al-Malik al-Kamil during the Crusades.
-Late in his life, he experienced two years of depression and was tempted to give up on what he had started (the Franciscan order).

The 5 Foundresses of our Community:
Sophia Fessler --> Sister Seraphica
Mary Ann Graff --> Sister Hyacinth
Josephine Thoeing --> Sister Coletta
Rosa Wahl --> Sister Odelia (Later Mother Odelia)
Teresa Gramlich --> Sister Gabriel (Later Mother Gabriel)

7 Decade Rosary for the 7 Joys of Mary (The Franciscan Crown):
The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Adoration by the Magi
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Resurrection
The Assumption and Coronation

8 Locations of Our Missions:

9 Awesome Franciscan Saints:
St. Francis (founder of the Franciscan order)
St. Clare (foundress of the Poor Clares)
St. Pio (a.k.a. Padre Pio)
St. Maximillian Kolbe (gave up his life for a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp)
St. Veronica Giuliani (deep devotion to Christ's Passion)
St. Joseph of Cuppertino (patron saint of test takers and of people with learning difficulties)
St. Elizabeth of Hungary (patroness of the Secular Franciscan Order)
St. Anthony of Padua (Are you missing anything?)
St. Bonaventure (Great philosopher!)

20 Mysteries of the Rosary
"Finally, I exhort all consecrated persons, according to their own traditions, to renew daily their spiritual union with the Blessed Virgin Mary, reliving with her the mysteries of her Son, especially by saying the Rosary."
-Blessed John Paul II, Vita Consecrata

31 YouTube Videos by our Community:
*And counting!



  1. Congrats on the 100th post! I've actually been to your missions in Wisconsin, in Burlington. It is such an impressive operation. In fact, our pastor here and an OFM friend of his are taking a visit there today.

    Please keep us in prayer here. Two of our novices make their first profession on August 6, and then myself and another novice profess on August 13 (we're different provinces, hence the different dates). Thanks!

  2. i have enjoyed your blog since the moment you started it!!!! it reminds me to come out of myself, think of others, the church, your community and issues of justice. it reminds me that without prayer i am lost. so thank you sr monica.

    kathy schlossmacher

  3. Michael, I have been keeping you in prayer and I will also include your community, especially those taking vows! It's also really cool that there is a connection between our Congregations! :)

    Kathy, thanks so much for your faithfulness in reading Habitually Speaking! Your comment means a lot, too! I am glad you are getting a lot out of it, and that the Holy Spirit is working through it.

    God bless you both.

  4. I really appreciated your 100 things and I love your blog. You are an articulate voice for our growing community and I'm proud of you. Continue your blogging ministry!

  5. Thanks Sister Anne Marie! That's really sweet!

  6. Congratulations on your 100th post! Thank you for your continued prayers, and I'd like to tell you that my family did see a wolf on our Yellowstone trip. Couldn't wait to tell you in a letter. Continue writing this awesome blog!

  7. May the Lord bless you as you look to your next 100 posts;)!

  8. Thanks Maggie! I am soooo happy that you all got to see a wolf! That's wonderful! I am going to thank St. Francis!

    Thanks Sister Julie Ann!

  9. Thank you Sister Monica for your sharing and congratulations on your 100th post! I enjoy reading your blog, it makes me stop and ponder your insights and makes me proud of our community.
    Sister Helena

  10. Thanks Sister Helena! I am glad that you are enjoying this blog!

  11. Congratulations on your 100 blogs, Sister Monica! I also enjoyed your 100 things...lots to think about. God bless you as you continue to share insights on a variety of topics.

    Sister Mary Frances