Sr. Charista Maria (Lilla Marie) and Sr. Mary Clare are Canon 603 Hermits within Missionaries of Our Mother of the Eucharist (a 501 (c)(3) Religious Organization) in the Diocese of Biloxi, MS. We desire to draw others with us, to live wholeheartedly our baptismal vows of intimate union with the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Trinity, through the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Sr Mary Clare: I have been in the Consecrated life since 1985, and have only begun to scratch the surface of what it means to truly be a Bride of Christ! I believe that many Priests and Consecrated Religious have yet to learn what it really means to be fully integrated in their human/spiritual relationship with God and with others.
As a Missionary of Our Mother of the Eucharist since Oct. 2013, I have immersed myself in Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body,” which I believe should be required of every Priest and Consecrated person, in order to foster an awareness of our true identity in Christ as human beings.
Sr Charista Maria (Lilla Marie): I have been in the consecrated life for 30 years. Through our Mother’s reported messages in Medjugorje I had a huge conversion in 1987, going from working in Hollywood amidst the movie industry to wanting to give my whole life to serving God. Like St. Augustine I realized, “You were within and I was all the while looking outside!”
To paraphrase, Our Lady said to me through her reported messages: “Open your heart to God, He is alive!” It’s as though she was echoing Rev. 3:20.
From there I heard another of her messages, “Abandon yourself totally to me and I will lead you in God’s perfect will (Totus Tuus Maria – JPII’s motto).” So I did, and I have been in awe ever since.