S: In Loving Memory of Sister Christine of Mary, O.C.D. 1963 - 2013
BC: Profound Peace. | * Carmel of St. Teresa ~ Alhambra, California * 2013 *
FC: In Loving Memory of Sister Christine of Mary, O.C.D.
1: Sister Christine of Mary, O.C.D. September 5, 1963 - January 8, 2013
2: Sister Christine of Mary (Cong Tang Ton Nu Thanh Lieu) was born on September 5, 1963 in Da Lat, Viet Nam. She is the 7th child in a family of 8 children, 3 girls and 5 boys. In 1975, Sister and her family emigrated from VietNam to America to escape the communist regime, leaving behind "...the dog [she] loves so much" and many beautiful childhood memories. | DaLat, VietNam
5: Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing.
6: No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love.
7: Sister Christine & her little brother, Tuan. | Being Brother & Sister means being there for each other.
8: Childhood Memories . . .
9: Precious Moments
10: A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.
11: Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!
12: Sister Christine's First Holy Communion | Sister Christine had always believed that Our Lord was preparing her to give her life over to Him since she was six years old. | Over the years, she felt God's call periodically and these powerful stirrings deepened her love for God. | There is a Being who is Love and who wishes that we live in communion with Him. Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity | My God | My All!
14: Everything is a GRACE.
15: Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.
17: A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.
19: "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has a cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer
21: Sister Christine & her best friend, Yen. | A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
25: J A P A N
26: On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 18, 1992, Sister Christine entered Carmel and received the habit a year later with the name Sister Christine of Mary. | C A R M E L
27: Sister Christine of Mary, O.C.D.
30: On the Vigil of Corpus Christi, June 13, 1998, Sister Christine made her Solemn Profession of Vows.
31: " I, Sister Christine of Mary... vow to almighty God for ever, chastity, poverty and obedience... to seek perfect charity in the service of our Mother the Church... and to give eternal glory to the Most Holy Trinity." Vows for the Solemn Profession of a Discalced Carmelite Nun.
32: My vocation is LOVE!
34: I delight to rest in His shadow, and His fruit is sweet to my mouth. Song of Songs 2:3
35: He brings me into the banquet hall, and His emblem over me is Love. Song of Songs 2:4
37: H o p e | Love
44: Best Friends
47: Sister Christine's Garden
53: Family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
54: Flowers have the sun, children have their mothers.
55: It is not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that counts.
57: Families fill our lives with happiness and laughter leaving us memories to treasure today and forever after.
58: Throughout the ordeal she never lost her faith. I pray the Lord will give me the words to one day share with you the grace she possesses and how Christ-like she is. Sr. Christine's lil. bro., Tuan.
59: Love Endures!
60: 1-3- 2013 Returned to Methodist hospital in the morning. Saw a shooting star in front of the car as I was driving on freeway I- 10W. I said a prayer for Christine right away. Tuan is coming today and I am flying home tonight. Christine had a good sleep last night according to RN Jaymee. Praised be to God. As I am sitting next to Christine in room 22, Critical Care at Methodist hospital in Arcadia, I ponder on the similarity between Christine lying on the bed and Jesus on the Cross: Christine suffered headaches , Jesus suffered pain from crown of thorns; Christine has IV poked through the veins in her hands, bruises on her arms, Jesus has nails through His hands and feet; Christine thirsts and could not drink but given ice, her lips are dried, Jesus thirsted and given vinegar soaked in a sponge; Christine lies on the bed, stripped of her habit, wore a gown, legs, arms, back exposed, Jesus stripped of his clothes and cast lot by soldiers; Christine has tubes, wires, connected to machines and hung over her shoulders, Jesus carried the cross on His shoulder to Golgotha; Christine collapsed when walking from rest room to the wheelchair when she checked in the emergency room, was helped by the security guard back in her wheelchair, Jesus walked and fell three times and was helped by a bystander The sufferings that Christine is going through is difficult for me to understand but one thing is clear, her soul is pure and she is precious as a child of God. At times, I can see her smile with her eyes closed sleeping as if her soul is in conversation with God. Her face is peaceful, beautiful, and serene. I am sitting looking at my beloved sister and cannot help to think how Mary, our blessed Mother, must have felt when her son suffered greatly. At times, I felt too much to bear and had to walk outside for a while. But for now, Christine is sleeping and my heart is filled with love for her. I brought in the room this morning a crucifix and laid on the table. O Lord, may we ask You to grant your beloved Sister Christine more time on earth to bring to completion the work she has started with Your grace. So many good fruits are seen today from her work, to name a few, our family conversion to You, her work in the monastery, her prayer life that brings so much good to the Church and the world. May our prayers which we entrust to Mary, Mother of Your Son, to assist us in our time of needs be answered through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. The perfect virtues of Jesus can also be compared to Christine's | Reflection from a brother who loves Christine so much.
61: Love: Jesus laid down His life for His friends, there is no greater love than this. Christine gives everything she has to the monastery and wills nothing but goodness for us. Even when asked by a garage attendant to have a rosary she gave the only rosary she had in her pocket at the time. Patience: When Jesus suffered, He did not threaten. he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. When Christine suffers, she does not complain but her facial expressions give out signs that she is in deep pain, she is led to all kinds of treatments , many are painful with side effects. She refuses no treatment. Humility: Look at Jesus on the cross and we see what humility means. Look at Christine on the sick bed without the habit, veil, and you will see what humility means for a nun. Obedience: Jesus was doing His Father's will even he knew it would be painful to the point of death. He sweated blood in the garden, Christine was obedient to doing the wills of the doctors, of the Sisters and never objected. Her only request was to remove the protein mass in her head first before the treatment of the lungs so that she could pray. She is obedient to her Carmelite vocation to the point of sacrificing her life Detachment: Jesus was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns, and given vinegar and gall to drink, Christine was stripped, crowned with severe headaches, given ice to drink. Her only attachment was to have her vision protected. Her Scapular, veil, habit, eye glasses, watch were all taken away from her and moved to the monastery. Courage: Jesus overcame evil with fortitude, cleansed the temple, Christine is fighting this cancer and her brain cyst with courage and then she leaves everything up to God because she believes God has a mission for her So you can see, Christine is living her life at a different level and only by doing this comparison, it comes to light that this level is supernatural. May Jesus Christ be praised.
63: 1-8-2013 Christine became like her beloved Jesus because she loved Him so much. She lived her life and departed this life as Jesus did, loving anyone and everyone who came into contact with her. Jesus died on the cross relatively quickly, the Roman soldiers did not have to break his knees, Christine passed quickly since diagnosed with cancer, within 3 weeks since admitted to the hospital. Jesus died outside the wall in Jerusalem, Christine died outside the monastery. Jesus died under the reign of Ceasar, Christine under the effect of seizure. Jesus has a special love for Christine. Because of this union of love, I have no doubt in my mind that she is with Her Lord in heaven. May Christine intercede to the Father for all of us. These words were written on the board in Christine's room : Gaudete in Domino, Semper! Rejoice in the Lord always! | Reflection from a brother who loves Christine so much. (cont.)
65: "Arise, my Beloved, my beautiful one, and come!" (Song of Songs 2:10) | January 8th, 2013
67: "The souls of the just are in the hand of God..... they are in peace." (Wisdom 3: 1,3)
73: Rosary (Led by Father Bernard, O.C.D.)
98: A family is pieced together with hope and faith.
99: A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
100: It is not for His gifts, but for the Giver that I always long. It is not glory to which I aspire, but the Glorified One whom I desire to embrace..... It is not rest that I seek, but the Face of the One who gives rest that I implore. It is not for the wedding feast, but for the desire of the Bridegroom that I languish! Gregory of Narek (10th Century)
101: " I am going to Light, to Love, to Life! "