Inspiring Thoughts Fr. John Maria Haw - A challenge for the new generation...
“Each day must bring me closer to God”.

“When God only carries out his plans with me, it is not important whether I am sick or healthy”.

“Happiness above all! Joy in God. Everything for the glory of God! If this is my motto, I am leading the most wonderful life in the world! Then I have inner peace, heaven already on earth”.

“Just like a child I leave everything to God’s providence, even thr small and smallest things. God guides me!”

“Never deny God anything!”

“To understand and love particularly the small sufferings of the day as the precious sign of his love! To say more often “Thanks be to God” for that! Only let God work at you!”

“I thank God a thousand times with all his creatures for the graces he has showered upon me so far. How good is God. These words I will often repeat”.

“The sublime and glorious aim. Holiness! Oneness with God! This is consequence, joy, peace, happiness, strength, ease, perseverance”.

“To always live in respect for the Holy Trinity who dwells within me”.

“To bear in mind that God’s eyes are resting on me, that the Holy Trinity deep inside my soul lovingly listens to me…”

“I seek to dwell in the presence of God and with God”.

“I must lead a new life, hidden with Jesus in God”.

“I am called to heroism in the service of God, that is to love God”.

“God tests us in his love. Thanks be to God!”

“Patience! Receive everyone with joy! That be my penitential practice… Not seeking extra hardships but rather fidelity in little things! Striving to do everything in the most perfect manner!”

“Talk about the neighbour with modesty, love and great respect! Possibly never talk ill of him! Nor about those who cannot stand me, who harm me or work against me!”

“Tender, devoted love of neighbour, mildness and kindness. With these I conquer hearts for Jesus. Seeing Jesus in the miserable, beggars, sinners, in his sufferings or his degradation!”

“I must be glad and jubilant when I am despised, humiliated and misappreciated. Then I am like Jesus! What am I and what is Jesus?”

“Christ must take shape in me. I must live in Christ and Christ  in me”.

“To do everything with Jesus…”

“I want to sacrifice myself with Jesus…”

“When does Christ the King call us? We are ready”.

“Fervent prayer must accompany all my actions!”

“I will not forget the good preparation for prayer”.

“May God grant … that I learn to pray!”

“My favourite place be in front of the tabernacle, as often and as long as possible”.

“Pray, pray, pray! Prayer shall become the breathing of my soul”.

“Pray steadily! Always in the presence of God with sighs and praise and in love!”

“I will respectfully adore God in my soul”.

“I must feel happy with Christ in the sacrament…”

“If I fervently pray for the St. John’s League and its members I can achieve everything!”

“Come, Lord Jesus, Come!”

“I will only save souls if I practice love”.

“If you were filled with the love of Jesus, how different would be your work!”

“Friendliness and goodness must be educational methods”.

“I must encourage cheerfulness in the house”. 

“I must make good use of each day in all earnestness”.

“Charity wins everything. You must put yourself more into the mind and heart of others”.

“Love, hearty, sympathetic love towards the neighbour”.

“My secret: goodness and humility! With these I win…”

“I must captivate and win all for God through kindness, hearty sharing and readiness to serve”.

“To be most useful to the greatest number possible of souls everyday”.

“To work out everything with her! To undertake everything with her blessing!”

“From her I am expecting everything. But above all, I wish to live entirely for Jesus through her!”

“Following the Saviour who bears the cross, I go with Mary to the alter”.

“To show the love of a mother to all”.

“I fully belong to her. I am the prisoner of her love”.

“Through Mary I succeed in my practice of the presence of God”.

“Mary, help me to live in Jesus and with Jesus and for Jesus!”

“Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in your servants”.

Sisters of St. John the Baptist and Mary Queen in India
The preparation of founding the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist in India, started  in the year 1963, when Chanda  was taking its shape in the form of a Diocese. Late Rev. Bishop Januarius was the Apostolic Exarch of Chanda at that time. He needed sisters to convert this virgin land into a fruitful vineyard of the Lord. So he delegated Rev. Fr. Werner CMI to assist him in his search for missionary sisters.
The Lord said to Abraham, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father´s house to the land that I will show you…" So Abraham went as the Lord told him. History repeated itself in the year 1963 when thirteen girls were called by the Lord to leave their home-land and their kindred to go to a country which was totally unknown to them. 
In 1969, Mother General Stephana, Sr. Lutgardis, Sr. Shanta, Sr. Abhaya and Sr. Rose came to India to find a suitable place in the Chanda Mission to implant the seed of our first centre in India. As advised by late Bishop Januarius, Wardha was chosen as the first centre.
On 24th June 1971, a tiny twig from the solid tree of Sisters of St. John the Baptist from Germany was planted into Indian soil. Sr. Lutgardis was appointed as the delegate Superior of the Indian Region. A team of seventeen young sisters headed by Rev. Sr. Lutgardis, strived hard to keep this branch alive in the arid area of  Chanda mission. Their toil resulted in a fairly well growth  and it has branched out  to 23  other centers. The courage, dedication and the sacrificing spirit of these missionaries are really marvelous. Sr. Lutgardis remains a living model and inspiration for the Indian sisters for her farsighted vision, systematic planning and implementation of the decisions taken for the well being of the Indian Province. The Indian Province was sheltered by her 25 long years, until she was elected as the Superior General of the Congregation. She always remained a father and mother to the young sisters in India.
Trusting in the Providence of God we have now spread our branches to ten, different Dioceses in India : Chanda, Nagpur, Pune, Trichur, Kanjirappally, Gujarat, Kannur, Secunderabad. Trier and Berlin in Germany. We also render our services to Germany and Africa.