History of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sisters of the IHM gathered in Hollywood, California in the 1960's
WITH REVERENCE FOR ALL CREATION
We, the members of the Immaculate Heart Community, rooted in Jesus Christ and united with the people of God, commit ourselves to build relations in society which foster access of all persons to truth, dignity, and full human development, and to strategically change practices and situations which impede such access. With reverence for all creation, in our choice of work and living style, and in our use of time, talent, and money, we hold ourselves accountable to God and to one another for effecting this goal and supporting one another in this effort. With reverence for all creation…. is a new phrase in our Immaculate Heart Goal Statement.
Reflection on our Goal Statement
Francis of Assisi wrote the hymn, Canticle of Brother Sun, during the last year of his life. Legend has it that the beloved Saint Francis saw himself as united with all of God’s creation and as one with even the smallest creatures. During the last year of his life, Francis, nearly blind from an eye disease, in constant severe pain, and lying in a hut overrun with mice, wrote the joyous Canticle of Brother Sun, in which he calls all creation his mother, his brothers, and his sisters. He sees even death as part of the beautiful natural world that God created. Here are some of the words from St. Francis’s beautiful hymn, Canticle of Brother Sun.
All creatures, worship God most high! Sound every voice in earth and sky: Alleluia! Sing, brother sun, in splendor bright; sing, sister moon and stars of night. Alleluia. Sing, brother wind; with clouds and rain. You grow the gifts of fruit and grain. Alleluia! Dear sister water, useful, clear. Make music for your God to hear. Alleluia! Come, sister death, your song release when you enfold our breath in peace: Alleluia! Since Christ our light has pierced your gloom, fair is the night that leads us home. Alleluia! Alleluia!
As you read this message please join us in prayer that each of us do all that we can every day to show reverence for all creation.
Creator God, we join once again with your whole creation to sing your praises. Your earth is a gift, your creation is filled with your goodness and light. Give us joy in your earth, connect us with all that you have made and help us to show reverence in all that we do for your whole creation. Amen.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Los Angeles after a dispute with the Archdiocese became an independent conglomeration of bachelorrettes in 1970. You see this community today. Please compare with the photo of the Carmelite Nuns of Los Angeles today!
This is from their website:
Following the vision and direction of the Second Vatican Council the IHM Sisters sought to renew and adapt to the needs of contemporary times. In that the Church authority of Los Angeles was not open to this renewal, the disagreement reached an impasse. In order to continue their renewal and mission the IHMs decided to form a new community, without the restrictions required by the Archbishop of Los Angeles and the Vatican, yet dedicated to their mission promulgated in their Decrees of 1968.