– To convert the nations to Jesus Christ and his teachings on marriage and the family. – To heroically safeguard the Christian vision of marriage and the family. – With the courage of martyrs, to be instruments of Christ in overcoming the powers of darkness which are bent on destroying the human family and the moral law. – By emulating the fiat of the holy family within our own families and on our campus, we seek to continually surrender to the will of God in our present vocations as students, sisters, and daughters.
Since the family is a “church in miniature” (Pope John Paul II), the mission of the members of the family must be to aid each other in their journey to heaven and to bring others with them.
Our Identity and Models
Jesus: By choosing to enter the world through a family, Christ not only sanctified his family but also redeemed the world. Following his example , we too sanctify society, by first loving our families (the “domestic church”). Through obedience to Mary and Joseph, Jesus obeyed God the Father, showing us that obedience to God comes in many practical forms: honoring our parents and respecting those in authority over us at school (professors, bosses, priests, spiritual directors, etc.). We manifest our familial vocations through our scholarship and life as University students. We seek to unite our wills to His so that we may honor the vision of the Christian family (which is the root of all vocations through Christ) in our current lives.
Mary: We look to Mary as the teacher of authentic femininity and womanhood, both in identity and worth as a daughter of God and as a mother, pouring life-giving love. She followed Christ to such a sacrificial extent, giving without fear even in the light of suffering and grief. She teaches us to love without restraint, to trust without hesitance. She whispers her legacy: “Do whatever he tells you” with all of her life and she urges us to do the same. We look to her so as to learn to reply to our vocations with a “Yes” full of joy and trust. Seeking to imitate her true and heroic beauty we integrate obedience, docility, modesty, chastity, and stewardship into our present vocations.
Joseph: We seek to emulate St. Joseph in his protection of the family. We ask his guardianship over our purity as he did of Mary’s , and ask his intercession for our brothers in Christ, that they may model his courage and virtue. As the imperfect member in the perfect family, Joseph exemplifies great humility in his weaknesses and so we strive to struggle against concupiscence and sin as he did.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: Saint Gianna shows us that “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). By her willingness to lay down her life for her family, Gianna inspires us to courageously love others as Christ loves us. Her “fiat” to God illustrated what God can accomplish in us when we cooperate with His grace.
Within these scriptures are contained the passages in which Jesus, Mary, and Joseph gave their “fiats” in response to the call of God.
Jesus: “Father if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Mary: Mary said, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” ( Luke 1:38)
Joseph: “….behold and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your for it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her’ …when he awoke he did as the angel of the the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” (Matthew 1:20, 24)
God, you have given us the Holy Family, the family of the Church with all its saints our families and our household to reflect your perfect plan for our sanctification. May we in cultivating the obedience, trust, stewardship, and humility of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and St. Gianna, become vehicles for bringing your son to the world. While we love one another as sisters in a household family. May we defend the sacredness of marriage and witness to the supreme importance of the family in society. May as individuals as women as a household and as members our our families and church make our lives a witness of casting out all fear by loving as Christ loved us. Amen.