IHM Spirituality

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The term, spirituality, refers to the way in which an individual or a religious group manifests a particular prayer tradition. Alphonsian spirituality emerged out of the eighteenth-century period in which the saint lived, a period of rigoristic legalism balanced by the warmly emotional art and music of the Italian rococo. Alphonsus Liguori, the lawyer, poet, musician, and artist was a saint who was equally at home in both of these worlds.

Saint Alphonsus developed a spirituality containing a fourfold focus: that of the Crib, the Cross, the Blessed Sacrament, and the Mother of God. The sisters model their prayer life on these essential themes of the mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption.

In this section:

Charism

Every religious congregation possesses a charism, a grace, a gift, originating in the very heart of God, and given by the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Body of Christ. The charism of a religious congregation may be most often experienced as a...

Patrons

Saint Alphonsus    "May the Holy Spirit inflame us with that fire which Jesus came to cast on the earth and which he ardently desired to set ablaze.” --Saint Alphonsus   St. Alphonsus Liguori was an 18th century Neapolitan gentleman, a s...

IHM Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God

The sisters, from the very beginning of the foundation of the Congregation, were dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of her Immaculate Conception. With the IHMs, it is always a “matter of the heart.” Mary’s heart is united insepa...

Vowed Consecration

A Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary responds to the gift of Christ’s call by dedicating herself totally to God through the profession of public vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. By her vow of chastity, a sister commits herself t...