A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration "For God created man for incorruption, and made him in the Image of His own Eternity." Wisdom 2:23

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vows At Candlemas

Sr. John Paul, named after the soon to be beatified Pope, made her first profession of vows on February 2nd, the day her namesake had dedicated as the day for Consecrated Life. February 2nd, primarily the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, is suffused with the Light of Christ as we celebrate him as the light of revelation to the nations. Fittingly, Sister made her public profession to follow Christ in poverty, chastity and obedience on this day.

The candlelight procession at this Mass, (also known as Candlemas), seems to resonate with other celebrations where all present hold a light as a sign and testament of their faith – the Easter Vigil, Rosary Processions and World Youth Day Vigils, just to name a few. Particularly at the Easter Vigil, each member of the faithful, standing in the light of their own candle and those surrounding them, renews his or her baptismal promises to reject Satan and the works of darkness and also professes one’s faith in God. Sister John Paul deepened this act of faith by religious profession in order to live according to the Gospel and its counsels. What an awesome gift to make such a promise in the presence of this cloud of witnesses (both on heaven & earth!). And what a grace for us, to have another Sister zealously dedicated to the adoration and service of Our Lord! Sister herself was beaming with smiles throughout this joyous day – a testimony that the light of Christ was truly burning within!

“You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith… I ask you to accept once again your spiritual heritage… with faith, hope and love… I ask that you never despair, never grow weary, never become discouraged; that the roots from which we grow are never severed; that you keep your faith despite your weakness, that you always seek strength in Him; that you never lose that freedom of spirit for which He has liberated man; that you never spurn that love… expressed by the cross, without which human life has no roots and no meaning. I ask this of you.”Venerable John Paul II


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Sister John Paul

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sister John Paul! :)
You look so beautiful! May God bless you at this very special time! I love you and all of the other sisters so much! :)
May Our Lady of Lordes bless you all on her feast!
With love in JMJ,
Tori Schmidt (a.k.a. sister nicole's sister)

Anonymous said...

The joy of following God's plan shines in your face, Sr. John Paul!
May He continue to bless you...!
A fellow Michigander

Anonymous said...

may the good that has begun continue as you journey toward the lord. your joy is a blessing. Anon, PA

Peggy said...

Oh Sister John Paul you have no idea how happy I am for you! How I wish I were a Poor Clare! May God continue to bless you as you are now His spouse. May God give you strength to continue on your journey. Please pray for me.


Prescott Valley Arizona

marylou said...

Congratulations Sister John Paul

Anonymous said...

congratulations Sister John Paul

john said...

congratulations SRJOHN PAUL.Also there is a great peace and serenity in this "image and likeness".i was in great need of comfort.The moment i opened this site and read it great peace fell in my heart.Really gods work.please do post more often thank you.

Diane Outside the Enclosure said...

Congratulations Sr. John Paul! I remember the pictures from your Entrance. May God continue to abundantly bless you. How I wish I could join you.

Your Sister outside,


Margaret said...

Congratulations to you Sr.John Paul.

Margaret said...

Congratulations Sr. John Paul May God be with you His angels surround you always.

Aunt M said...

We were so glad that we were able to be with you. I showed Grandpa the little bit of video I was able to get. It brought tears of happiness, exspecially the Polish singing! We love you!