February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation was a day set aside for celebrating the gift of the consecrated life. So for us this was a day of profound gratitude for the gift of our vocations. Sr. Mary John Paul publicly renewed her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the first time right before receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Continue to pray for our dear sister as she continues to live out her vows!
Our hidden life of sacrificial love often is fed by the quiet and gentle joys offered by the daily Horarium (a monastic term meaning schedule). A few pictures depicting one of Sr. Mary John Paul’s numerous tasks illustrates humorously a typical happy event in her daily life.
“On today’s feast [February 2nd] we therefore celebrate the mystery of consecration: the consecration of Christ, the consecration of Mary, the consecration of all those who commit themselves to following Jesus for the sake of the Kingdom of God.” The yearly celebration is an opportunity to express gratitude for the work of those who have dedicated their lives to the service of God and of their neighbor by embracing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. At the same time, it offers a chance to promote vocations to consecrated life, especially through prayer.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI