Lebanese Visitandines Pictured in National Geographic

Who would have thought it?

The December 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine highlights “food”. And in the article, the Joy of Food, the Visitation Nuns outside of Beirut,Lebanon are photographed in their kitchen making marzipan sweets.

Here is the article:


Scroll down 5 photos in the article to see the Visitation Sisters!


Meditation on Christ the King by St Francis de Sales

210px-Hubert_van_Eyck_023Sunday November 23rd is the Feast of Christ the King. Instituted long after the life of our Founder, St. Francis de Sales, this Feast nevertheless was “anticipated” by St Francis in one of his meditations from his “Introduction to the Devout Life”

He refers to Jesus as “King” several times, as well as in His relation to His Sacred Heart as to the Kingdom of God.

The meditation may begin in an ominous manner according to the sentiments of our world today, but the Truth emanates from this meditation. Try it!

Introduction to the Devout Life

Tenth Meditation – On How the Soul Chooses the Devout Life

Part I, Chapter 18


  1. Place yourself in the Presence of God.
    2. Humble yourself before Him, and ask His Aid.


  1. Once more imagine yourself in an open plain, alone with your guardian Angel, and represent to yourself on the left hand the Devil sitting on a high and mighty throne, surrounded by a vast troop of worldly men, who bow bareheaded before him, doing homage to him by the various sins they commit. Study the countenances of the miserable courtiers of that most abominable king:–some raging with fury, envy and passion, some murderous in their hatred;–others pale and haggard in their craving after wealth, or madly pursuing every vain and profitless pleasure;–others sunk and lost in vile, impure affections. See how all alike are hateful, restless, wild: see how they despise one another, and only pretend to an unreal self-seeking love. Such is the miserable reign of the abhorred Tyrant.
  2. On the other hand, behold Jesus Christ Crucified, calling these unhappy wretches to come to Him, and interceding for them with all the Love of His Precious Heart. Behold the company of devout souls and their guardian Angels, contemplate the beauty of this religious Kingdom. What lovelier than the troop of virgin souls, men and women, pure as lilies:– widows in their holy desolation and humility; husbands and wives living in all tender love and mutual cherishing. See how such pious souls know how to combine their exterior and interior duties;–to love the earthly spouse without diminishing their devotion to the Heavenly Bridegroom. Look around–one and all you will see them with loving, holy, gentle countenances listening to the Voice of their Lord, all seeking to enthrone Him more and more within their hearts.

They rejoice, but it is with a peaceful, loving, sober joy; they love, but their love is altogether holy and pure. Such among these devout ones as have sorrows to bear, are not disheartened thereby, and do not grieve overmuch, for their Savior’s Eye is upon them to comfort them, and they all seek Him only.

  1. Surely you have altogether renounced Satan with his weary miserable troop, by the good resolutions you have made;–but nevertheless you have not yet wholly attained to the King Jesus, or altogether joined His blessed company of devout ones:–you have hovered betwixt the two.
  2. The Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph, Saint Louis, Saint Monica, and hundreds of thousands more who were once like you, living in the world, call upon you and encourage you.
  3. The Crucified King Himself calls you by your own name: “Come, O my beloved, come, and let Me crown thee!”

The Choice

  1. O world, O vile company, never will I enlist beneath thy banner; for ever I have forsaken thy flatteries and deceptions. O proud king, monarch of evil, infernal spirit, I renounce thee and all thy hollow pomp, I detest thee and all thy works.
  2. And turning to Thee, O Sweet Jesus, King of blessedness and of eternal glory, I cleave to Thee with all the powers of my soul, I adore Thee with all my heart, I choose Thee now and ever for my King, and with inviolable fidelity I would offer my irrevocable service, and submit myself to Thy holy laws and ordinances.
  3. O Blessed Virgin Mother of God, you shall be my example, I will follow you with all reverence and respect.

O my good Angel, bring me to this heavenly company, leave me not until I have reached them, with whom I will sing for ever, in testimony of my choice, “Glory be to Jesus, my Lord!”




On Line Salesian Advent Courses

Salesian Online – Advent Course Offerings 2014

These courses are run simultaneously for enrichment and are completely ONLINE.
There are no papers due and requires limited reading.
Courses run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24.

You may sign on to your course as early as November 28 to begin reading.

Preparing to Wait As we await the fullness of the Kingdom, Advent is given to us, so we can quiet our lives and listen more closely the Lord’s voice.  As we listen to God and grow in Christian simplicity, Salesian spirituality is a wonderful help to us.  We will use the Sunday Advent readings as a guide to our reflection, and insights from St. Francis de Sales.  Presenter:  Deacon George Kelly
Director of Institutional Research
DeSales University
Grace filled Waiting Advent is a grace-filled time for reflective waiting, in imitation of Mary as she contemplated and pondered in her heart while awaiting the birth of her child.  Let us join Mary and each other in this walk, this Advent journey, discovering together how it can be lived out beautifully in the simplicity of Salesian Spirituality.Presenter:  Sr. John Marie Schauber, OSFS
DeSales University
Our God who is Amen! A brief course that looks at the Trinity:  God the Father who is for giving, God the Son who is forgiving, and God the Holy Spirit who empowers us to do both, likewise.  This course comes from a 40-Hours presentation.Offered by: Fr. John Fisher, OSFS
Director of Educational Initiatives, Salesian Center
DeSales University
The Year of Consecrated Life 2015 A look at the vows and their lived experience in community. Presenters: Sr. Colleen Gibson, SSJ
Chestnut Hill College

Br. Joseph Schodowski, OSFS
Asst. Campus Minister   Facilities Department
DeSales University

  Fr. John Fisher, OSFS
Coordinator of Education Initiatives
Salesian Center
DeSales University 

Free will offering courses run from
November 30 thru December 4
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