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A Counter-Cultural Option in the Midst of Conflict and Division

September 4, 2018

 

In order to more accurately identify our mission and purpose, effective September 8th, 2018, the Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts will change its name to the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.

 

Society is defined in this case as an organization of people formed for a particular purpose. The manner in which we as members of this apostolate strive to live our lives; indeed, our very kerygma, is in stark contract to that of mainstream “society.” In this age of conflict and division, in which we are observing increasing, intense division in government, religion, and the private sector; the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts is more accurately defined as a counter-culture.

 

By definition, “a counter-culture is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores. A countercultural movement expresses the ethos and aspirations of a specific population during a well-defined era.”

 

We are a counter-culture. We despise the sin but embrace the sinner with love.

 

The Parable of the Prodigal Son taught us that God rejoices when even the most hardened of sinners comes home to the Father. Inspired by the examples of King David, St. Paul, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine, and countless others; we believe that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

 

We are a counter-culture. Our hearts are filled not with division, but with love.

 

Like King David we ask God to let His Face shine on His servants; to save us in His unfailing love.

Like St. Paul, we know that love is the greatest gift that, “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Like St. Francis of Assisi, we strive to be instruments of God’s peace. Where there is hatred, ours is a mission to sew love.

Like St. Augustine we believe that “to fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”

 

We are a counter-culture. We believe that our best weapon is not an arsenal of arms but an abundance of prayer.

 

We strive for regular participation in the sacraments, frequent encounters with the Blessed Sacrament through Eucharistic Adoration, daily recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and a routine encounter with God’s Word through Sacred Scripture. We believe that our best weapon in these times of upheaval was given to us by the Blessed Mother herself: the rosary. Honoring her request to the children at Fatima, we “pray the rosary every day.”

 

We are a counter-culture. We believe that to become closer to Christ, we should become more like His Mother.

 

We believe that believe that in order to truly have a heart like Mary's, we must strive to lead a life reflecting that of Mary.

We believe that when we live as Mary did, our hearts and minds are more perfectly focused on Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who, while suffering on the cross said the words, “Behold your mother.”

We believe that a heart like Mary's gives our minds the Christian clarity to see Her Son in the face of our family, our friends, the poor, the refugee, the sick, the suffering, those who hate us, and those who love us.

We believe that in this age when hopelessness seems to be the new normal, no matter what may divide us, our example of love and Our Lady’s powerful intercession is able to bring about conversion of heart and an increase in peace and understanding.

 

We are a counter-culture. We believe that our service to Our Most Blessed Mother aids us in attaining eternal salvation.

 

Like St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, we believe that, “a true servant of Mary cannot be lost.”

Like St. Bernard of Clairvaux, we believe that “to serve Mary is a mark of eternal salvation to come.”

Like St. Andrew of Crete, we believe that being Mary’s servant, “is a surety of salvation” granted by God.

Like St. Bonaventure, we believe that, “whoever bears the mark of a servant of Mary is already enrolled in the Book of Life.”

Like St. Cecilia, we believe that, “happy are the faithful slaves of the Queen of Heaven, for they shall enjoy true liberty.”

Like St. John Damascene, we believe that, “to serve Mary and to be her courtier is the greatest honor we can possibly possess; for to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there; and to live under her command is more than to govern.”

 

Therefore, we are servants of Mary.

 

We are a counter-culture. We are the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.

 

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