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Sister Maria Inviolata is a member of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace. Assigned by Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD as the Pastoral Administrator of Ave Maria Parish, she resides with her community in Port Sanilac, at St. Mary's convent. Check back weekly for updates and current happenings at our Parish.

May 22, 2022, 6th Sunday of Easter

Dear Parish Family,

AscensionWe might like to imagine that the earth would be a perfect place had Jesus never ascended, remaining to guide us through this world. But it’s not for this world that Jesus became incarnate by the Virgin Mary, was crucified and rose again.

Christ’s Ascension into Heaven . . . was more profitable for us” be- cause it can “direct the fervor of our charity to heavenly things. In other words, we need Heaven to focus all the many different forms that virtue can take.

Every virtue is meant to culminate in the virtue of charity, and all charity is meant to culminate in an eternal share in God’s life in Heaven. But here below, in our own day, each of the virtues often wanders alone, degenerating into its own end.

One of the greatest apologists of the twentieth century, the English convert and journalist G.K. Chesterton, put it this way:

“The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wast- ed virtues. . . . The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. [And so, for example,] some scientists care for truth; [but] their truth is [without pity]. [Also,] some humanitarians only care for pity; [but] their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful.” In the twenty-first century, also, we see the virtues isolated from each other. For example, there are scientists who would like to clone human beings, or even make hybrids between humans and lower animals. This search for truth is divorced from the need for ethics: specifically, from the need to respect the unique dignity of human nature. Also, there are strict federal laws in our nation protecting the eggs of certain birds that are endangered species. Yet this desire to have compassion for an innocent unborn bird is divorced by many from the need to have compassion for an innocent unborn human being. In each example, a desire to pursue a good is divorced from the larger picture, and leaves another, also needed virtue out in the cold. Looking to God — the Maker of all creatures and the origin of all Truth — focuses human efforts to do good, and helps us neither to do bad, nor to do good inconsistently.

Looking up to Christ’s Ascension, then, directs all the virtues towards Heaven. Christ ascended to Heaven so that each of us could carry out our own part within His Mystical Body, the Church. We and all the rest of the mem- bers of His Body may not carry out Jesus’s mission as well as He would had He remained, but even in our attempting to do so, we can grow in all the virtues, and open our selves more fully to the life of God the Most Holy Trinity. (

God bless you all, Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG

Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG