HOW JESUS INTERACTS WITH ME
“I realized how Jesus interacts with me—it’s when I’m able to be present. When I am able to leave my time schedule. When I am able to slow down, when I am able to see another person instead of being angry because I didn’t catch the bus. That I can give of myself and allow another person to gift themselves to me. That is when I experience God most closely. Just, out of the blue. No preparation whatsoever. It’s like God just reaches in and says, ‘Here I am!’”
When Sister Bernadette Reis was 13, she felt a voice from the depths of her soul telling her that the only way she was going to be happy in life was if she became a nun. It was January 31st, 1980, and it was the day her class watched the movie, “Song of Bernadette.” Afterwards, when she came home she had to steal her mother’s library card since the book Song of Bernadette was only in the adult section of the library. I am sure that was the last time she stole anything!
Sister Bernadette told me her family was always praying that one of their five children would choose a religious vocation but it was assumed it would be one of the four boys who would pursue the priesthood because her father was so looking forward to walking his one daughter down the aisle at her wedding. But it was her father who encouraged her to check out a number of communities of sisters at a religious vocation fair at her school, and she wrote to every community. Mary was her name at the time (she took the name Bernadette when she made her vows) and because she was so young, only one order wrote her back: The Daughters of St. Paul.
She moved from California to Boston to attend boarding school with the order and later joined religious life. Because of her age, it was 15 years before she would become a sister. When I met Sister Bernadette, she was living in Rome pursuing additional studies. Today, Sister Bernadette leads English language news for the Holy See Press Office.
I was struck by the deep sense that Sr. Bernadette is pure love, pure open heart, fully present. In her presence, I began to understand how some people feel called to serve God and to serve humanity… and that anything short of that would not work for them.
I met Sr. Bernadette in Charleston, S.C. (one of the many cities she lived in). I gave her Spanish classes and can say what wonderful pupil she was.
I have followed her life on Facebook and can see what God has planned for her. May she continue on the path she has chosen. God bless.
I really love sister Bernadette because of her purity of heart ♥️♥️♥️
She is a wonderful guide to the Mass in Italian and there is something very special about the way she translates. She is so gracious and blends the liturgy with her discreet interpretation. She is truly God-gifted.
Thank you Sister for your translation of the Pope’s words, and I love your voice.
God Bless you! I thank Him for you!! Your translations truly bring Jesus to all so beautifully each time we watch the Holy Father’s mass.
You are a vehicle of His grace!
Laudetur Jesus Christus!!
Pray for me,
Dear Sister Bernadette: I thank God for your gift to the English-speaking persons that listen to the Mass of the Pope…I love your sweet voice…
Thank God for Sister Bernadette Reis as she translates with her sweet voice the Papal Mass on a daily basis for us English-speaking listeners…
I totally fell in love with Sr Bernadette the first time I heard her voice. God really blessed her with the most sweet, angelic voice fitting to spread His word. Blessings on her work as translater at the Vatican. Be blessed Sr Bernadette.
I have learned from her when Pope lift up the Body and Blood of Christ,saying My Lord And My God..and add on along the verse has given in the Gospel of the day, meaningful to participate.
Thank you and totally agree with others that your gifted voice can help us to follow the mass easily
Thank be to God for you ,Sister Bernadette
Shalom from Singapore , John
Me e enamorado de su voz dulce y santa …….quería conocer su rostro y la e encontrado quería tener en mi su inmagen al estarla escuchando cuando oímos la misa del Vaticano ….desde la primera vez que oí su voz se quedó penetrada en mi mente…….y le pido a dios que la bendiga siempre para que pueda seguir traduciendo con su dulce voz la misa del papa francisco……..dios me la bendiga madre………
I love your sweet sounding voice Sister and it’s so clear when you interpret the mass and the homily of Pope Francis . I always look forward to the Popes mass daily from the Philippines. God bless you always !
We love your voice sr bernadette, its really GOD’S WILL that you got to work as the pope mass interpreter . Thank you so much.
All the best and love
Susy and John Kìrana
We love your voice sr. Bernadette you are choosen by God to be the interpreter of the pope.
All the best and love
Susy and John Kìrana
I love your voice Sister Bernadette . You make the mass of Pope Francis so easy to follow daily . I have been attending the mass of Pope Francis daily from the Philippines where I live . I hope you don’t stop interpreting the mass in English . Love listening !
May God be gracious to you Sister Bernadette as your apostolate touches so many. I give thanks, praise and glory to Him who is all perfect in His ways. Bless you sister.
May God bless you Sister Bernadette your voice and translation are a gift of God. All the Catholics should be proud of you who inspire to watch the mass with such faith.
May the almighty Lord keep you safe and guide you with this mission.
Dear Sister Bernadette Reis: You continue to be God’s grace in our troubled times with the coronavirus pandemic as you assist the Holy Father Pope Francis and his assistants in more than merely translating his Mass on a daily basis – Your pure thoughts sound in your sweet voice. May the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God protect you and help you become a light to the nations…
George Farahat, Toronto – Canada
Dear Sister Bernadette . You have blessed with the sound and digital ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ .
It is very useful to participate in our Papal mass at Casa Santa Marta .
Your translation of Mass and prayers are very inspired spiritually .
The Homily of our Pope daily mass is really involve many faithful to the fathom of Gospel and direct to grow in real Christianity life in today’s world.
Many other denominations( non Catholics) faithful do feel the presence of Holy Spirit when they listen our pope Mass .
They all love the blessed Sacrament adoration music and grasp towards the veneration. If you can send the lyrics of adoration songs and other songs in our Pope mass will allow the faithful to grow more and more .
God bless you sister and your media team .
we all pray for our Papa Francisco and all the team( Shepherds) to receive sound health and wisdom to lead the flock (us)
Dear Sister Bernadette, The best part of my day is the mass of Pope Francis, with your wonderful sweet and calming voice. Thanks so much for being there.
Your voice during Mass just touches my heart and the Word comes alive! Thank you so very much!
I tuned in tonight to hear Sr. Bernadette’s lovely voice-over during the Papal Mass, but heard instead the voice of an English gentleman! Has the Church silenced Sr. Bernadette during the consecration? If so, sadly, I will not be surprised.
I tuned in to hear Sr. Bernadette’s lovely translation during the Papal Mass last night, but heard instead the voice of a man, Fr. Phillip. Sr. Bernadette was able to speak a bit, but not during the consecration as she had before. Is this a case of the Church silencing the voice of a woman? If so, sadly, I will not be surprised.
Sister Bernadette’s hope-filled voice and faithful translations are pure gift. The world has been blessed by the opportunity to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis and her gentle presence throughout the pandemic. God bless and reward you, Sister Bernadette.
Dear Sister Bernadette, G’day! Greetings from Australia. You truly is A Gift from God. The way, you deliver the text translation of the Holy Mass with Pope Francis is so eloquent yet simple for us to understand The first time, I heard your voice I was mesmerized. You encouraged me to be more Closer To God. You’re The Best Thing that happened to me during this pandemic. Thank You and God Bless….. By the way, You got your Mother’s Smile
Sr. Bernadette you were sent by our Lord to assist Pope Francis in this time of uncertainty and trial to make us fully participate and understand the mass and homilies.
Thank you so much Sr. Bernadette for leading us how to pray sincerely from our heart during consecration based on the Gospel of the day.
God bless you
Sr. Bernadette , I would like to thank you for listening to Our Lord’s call to His Holy Will for your ministry. When I first started watching/attending Pope Francis’s daily Mass, I was awestruck with your beautiful voice and the love you pass along for Jesus! I keep coming back his Masses because of your love and devotion in your voice
. Thank you bringing Jesus closer to my heart! Sr. Bernadette, do you have a video for us of The Holy Rosary and or The Divine Mercy Chaplet? Thank you once again! Love and prayers!
Hi Sister Bernadette. We would like to thank you for the English translation of the Pope’s Daily live mass. We miss your soothing, calm voice. Hope the Pope’s live mass will return someday. We made a video of our family watching the live mass from our home in the Philippines. May you please send your email address again where we can send our video as we failed to write down the email address you mentioned just before the mass started.
Much Love from,
Marcel Naval, my wife, Sally, my mother, Marilu, my 5 girls, Lizelle, Steph, Alexi, Belle and Sofia.
Pls pray for is the eternal repose of the soul of
my father, Marcelo N. Naval L, Sr., who passed away last Sept 10, 2019
Would Love to hear from you.
I miss the daily Mass and Sister Bernadette ‘s gift of hopeful, meaningful translation! United States still doesn’t have Mass so can he continue with Daily MASS, You have opened the WORD. for us in such a way that we miss this GIFT so much! Like another loss in our lives!, Miss the Mass and Pope Francis And Sister Bernadette! Gratefully!
My daughter and I fell in love with your voice the first time we heard you in EWTN few years ago. You have the most angelic voice exactly for and during Pope Francis’s Holy Masses. And now I finally see you through this video!!! And will show to my daughter too!
Thank you so much for guiding us through Pope Francis’ Holy masses.
God bless you Sister Bernadette. ❤️
Thank you Sister Bernadette for translating the mass for us in English.Your voice is really a gift from God. Please continue the wonderful work.
Sister Bernadette has been a most gracious and wonderful guide during the past few months. Her translation of the words of the Holy Father and her way of sharing the celebration of the mass have an open and very spiritual feeling. Together with all of this, she has also responded to questions and ideas with infinite patience and helpfulness. In short she is a real joy!
Beautiful translation, great kindness in your voice
My Dearest Sister Bernadette Reis In Christ Jesus.
How Are You And Your Community ?
I Am Peter Fernandes From Mumbai India.
I Always Attends Holy Father Pope Francis ‘s,Mass.
It Is So Joyful To Hear Your Voice.
Thank you very much Sister Bernadette for being the translator of the Pope masses. You’re a gift from heaven.
Thankyou Sister Bernadette, for your English translations of Pope Francis Mass Celebrations in the little chapel. Every day we prayed the Mass, heard the very interesting papal homilies but your voice uplifted our spirits and our voices to our good Lord. I always wanted to pen a thankyou and today I have this opportunity to do so. God works in very mysterious ways. I always thought I would make my 3rd trip to the Vatican by somehow calling on you and thanking you in person. I will one day when Covid gives us respite or if ever you visit Ontario Canada. Please email me I would like to keep in touch with you. A voice in those dark days.
Thankyou Sister Bernadette. The Papal Mass in the little chapel or at the main altar of the Bascilica, the very interesting homilies by Pope Francis and the uplifting voice of Sister Bernadette kept us in prayer in those awful dark days. I always thought my 3rd trip to Vatican would somehow include meeting with you. I am grateful for this opportunity to thankyou but will do it in person one day. God bless you Sister. Email me. Would love to connect with you.
Please help me sister