Always In Our Hearts

The Albany Ladies of Charity mourn the loss of our long term Spiritual Moderator, Sister Denise Anne Williams, D.C. Sister Denise touched the lives of all people she came across and will be missed dearly. A wake service for Sister Denise will be held today, Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service for Sister Denise will follow at 7 p.m. Both will be held at DePaul House Chapel, 96 Menand Road, Albany. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Denise will be celebrated Friday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m., in the DePaul House Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Donations in Sister Denise’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63108-2622.


Save The Date!!

The Ladies of Charity will be hosting a Lenten Day of Reflection on March 6, 2018 from 8:30AM- 2:30PM. The theme this year is “Anchored In Hope.” We will be featuring Sr. Betsy Van Deusen as our keynote speaker! Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or would like more information about attending!

Save the Date LOC

Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

On the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4th, we remember her for her dedication to the spiritual life of Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul. In the 1850s, the Emmitsburg community of the Sisters of Charity took steps to merge with the Daughters of Charity and start the first American branch! When she was beatified by Pope John XXIII on March 17, 1963, Pope John made the following statement “In a house that was very small, but with ample space for charity, she sowed a seed in America which by Divine Grace grew into a large tree.”

We Pray For Texas

“May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger and bring to safety those who are missing,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
We pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and offer our deepest condolences to all families who have lost their loved ones to this catastrophic storm! It is times like this where we must come together regardless of race, political beliefs, and even religion. We salute these brave men and women (law enforcement, military, civilian volunteers) who are taking their cities into their own hands to make sure that they are doing everything they can to save their beautiful people! The Ladies of Charity of Albany are #TexasStrong #HoustonStrong 

We Need Your Help!

From the New York State Catholic Conference:

Legislation to keep the State Education Department from cutting aid to our Catholic Schools has passed both the Senate and Assembly, and it is currently being considered by Governor Cuomo. Please take a quick moment to let the Governor know we need his continued support by signing this measure into law.
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Final Reflection 

After six weeks, the Ladies of Charity Retreat Countdown has come to an end. Each weekly theme has focused on different images of the cup… the cup of life, the open cup, the chipped cup, the broken cup, the cup of compassion and the blessing cup. Each theme has in turn become a teacher in prayer. We have reflected, we have prayed, we have learned, and we have kept each theme close to our hearts every day over the past six weeks.
There is no better way to reflect upon and honor the spiritual journey we have been on together than with “The Cup of Life Prayer”:
“Generous God, you have poured so much into our blessing cups. 

You have offered us many greatest moments filled with wonders of your goodness. 

You have been bountiful in sharing your presence of unconditional love with us.
All –embracing God, you call us to share our cup of compassion with those who are searching, suffering, and sorely in need of our hospitality. You daily invite us to be in union with all those you have created and gather to your heart.
Healing God, you know how our lives each have their share of hard aches and brokenness. 

You see the deepest recesses of our spirits where pain and confusion need the touch of your restoring power. 

Remind us often that broken hearts can be healed.
Perceptive and insightful God, you see into the cup of our hearts. 
You know where the clutter lies. 

You invite us daily to pour out all that keeps us from being truly focused on communion with you. 

Again and again, you whisper to us: “empty, pour out, let go of all that keeps you from being your true self.”
Ever–present and understanding God, you have created us as fully human persons. 

Our cup of life bears chips, stains, and cracks as does our own personality and life–story. 

You encourage us to see the stains as a way to our transformation.

You offer us wisdom and guidance to know when the cup needs to be washed and scrubbed, and when the stains need to be lovingly accepted.
Forgiving God, you know our weaknesses and failures. 

There are times when we resist what you are desiring to pour into the cup of our life. 

You know how we ignore or refuse to be open and receptive. 

Yet, you continue to believe in us. You are always waiting, ready to fill our cup with your generous love.
Gifting God, the contents of the cup are meant to refresh, to nourish, and renew life. 

You call us to bless others with our cup of life. 

Stir up within us a desire to offer our gifts to those who need them.
Loving, life-giving God, you continuously pour your transforming love into the cup of our lives. 

Like a spring rain falling into the open soil, so your love and ours is mixed and mingled into an energizing oneness. 

Your presence is the power we need to grow and to change. 

Your blessing of love enables us to commit ourselves to the unending process of spiritual transformation. How grateful we are! 

How are ready we are to grow!”
Our spiritual growth will continue on Thursday with the Ladies of Charity 2017 Spiritual Day of Reflection. Bring yourself, your favorite cup, your open mind, and your loving Vincentian heart. 

Week 6 Day 6

Week # 6 – The Blessing CupDay # 6 – The Greatest Blessing
Put your hands around the cup.

Imagine yourself enfolded in God’s hands.

Let the beauty of God sing in you.

Let the comfort of God wrap around you.

Let the goodness of God draw you closer.

Let the generosity of God open you to the world.

Let the love of God bring you peace.

Remain enfolded in this eternal beauty for as long as you can.
Stand with arms outstretched and eyes wide open. 

Speak aloud all the names and qualities of God that come to your mind and heart. 

Let this be a litany of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of God in your life. 

When your litany is completed, fold your hands across your heart and bow your head in honor and reverence.
I will place my hand over my heart, united with God’s beauty in my soul and in my world, and give thanks.