Prayer to Mary, woman of listening

Prayer to Mary, woman of listening
Mary, woman of listening, open our ears;
grant us to know how to listen to the word
of your Son Jesus among the thousands
of words of this world;
grant that we may listen to the reality
in which we live, to every person we encounter,
especially those who are poor, in need,
in hardship.
Mary, woman of decision,
illuminate our mind and our heart,
so that we may obey, unhesitating,
the word of your Son Jesus; give us the courage
to decide, not to let ourselves be dragged along,
letting others direct our life.
Mary, woman of action, obtain that our hands
and feet move “with haste” toward others,
to bring them the charity and love of your Son Jesus,
to bring the light of the Gospel to the world, as you did.


Sister Amalia del Carmen Gandarillas Carreño

Sister Amalia del Carmen Gandarillas Carreño, 99, the daughter of Macario Gandarillas and Julia Carreño, died March 13, 2017 at St. Antoine’s residence, N. Smithfield, RI. 

 Sister was born in Santiago, Chile, an only child whose mother died at an early age.  Her father brought her to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Santiago, Chile, where she received her education.  After that, Amalia studied typing and bookkeeping at Instituto Casa de Maria in Santiago.

She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she ministered as a teacher of typing and also as a receptionist.

  In 1950, Sister was missioned to Peru, Requena-Amazon  where she ministered as a nurse or as a teacher, and sacristan. Wherever she ministered as a nurse, teacher or a sacristan, she was dearly loved and appreciated.   Sr. Amalia was also a talented musician who served her community as an organist for prayer services.

Other services of Sister Amalia in Peru were in the communities of Moqueua, Arequipa, Paramonga, Yurimagas, and Lima where she was in charge of the house of the Nunciature.

In March of 1972, Sister Amalia was missioned to Colombia, where she continued her mission at the Institute Vera Cruz, Santa Rosa de Cabal in the region of Risaralda. There, Sister Amalia was a religion and music teacher.        

In 1978, Sister was missioned to the United States to McMahon Child Care Services for Children in New York City, where her ministry was Pastoral Care. When McMahon Child Care Facility closed, her community moved to Holy Name Community at 97th St., New York where Sr. Amalia served as a volunteer in Pastoral Care for 25 years at Bellevue Hospital. She ministered to those who were hospitalized bringing them the comfort of the Eucharist, encouraging and praying with them.   In addition to her ministry at Bellevue hospital, she served full-time as Sacristan in St. Francis of Assisi Church and as a volunteer Hospital Chaplain in New York.  After 25 years of volunteer service at Bellevue Hospital, she was honored at a special ceremony. As her community’s local coordinator wrote: “Some people work very quietly with little recognition mainly because their involvement with service to others is sometimes hidden and not even known.   Sister Amalia Gandarillas, here with us at Holy Name community, is one of those persons.”

There are no family survivors.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:  The Wake is Wednesday, March 22 at 4-8 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel, Fruit Hill, and the Funeral Mass is at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 23rd h in Holy Family Chapel, Fruit Hill, North Providence.

Funeral Arrangements by Russell Boyle Funeral Home.

A Time of Fasting?

A Time of Fasting?    versione testuale

We can fast
and feast 
this Lent:
Fast from judging others … feast on the Christ indwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences … feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness … feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness … feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute … feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent … feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger … feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism … feast on optimism.
Fast from worry … feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining … feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives … feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures … feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility … feast on resistance.
Fast from bitterness … feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern … feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety … feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement … feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress … feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy … feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion … feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken … feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow … feast on sunlight of renity.
Fast from idle gossip … 
feast on purposeful silence.


May this Lenten season be lived more intensely
as a journey to return to God with all our heart.
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