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

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Gift of Vows

The beauty of the new translation of the Roman Missal, opens up new glimpses into the depth and mystery of each feast day. The Preface for Religious Profession, which we recently heard chanted at Sr. Edith Marie's First Profession of Vows, captured the principle aspects of the consecrated life, which Sister embraced more fully this past June 30th.

[Christ] is the unblemished flower, 
who sprang fromt he root of the Virgin
and declared the pure heart blessed,
teaching by His way of life the surpassing worth of chastity.

He chose always to hold fast to what is pleasing to you
And, becoming obedient for our sake even until death,
He willingly offered Himself to you
As a perfect and a fragrant sacrifice.

He consecrated to a fuller service of your majesty
Those who for love of you leave all earthly things
And promised they would find treasure in heaven.

This beautiful sequence expresses Christ's pure surrender to the Father's Will in time and in eternity. Sister shares in this one offering of the Son, with her free profession of love to live in obedience, poverty and chastity. At every Mass we are pulled into this mystery of Gift that we behold at every elevation of Chalice and Host. At the heart of this profession is the desire to be made into a gift - like Christ - to our Father.

As with each profession, there was so much joy and gratitude pulsating in the monastery on that day. An extra-special gift was having Sister's parents here on their wedding anniversary - the very same day! May Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant continue to make of our Sister Edith Marie, a beautiful gift to her Son and the whole Church. Congratulations to our Sister and to her family!


Anonymous said...

Thank you dear Sister Edith for your YES to God.

Always know how much your sacrifices and your life of prayer are needed and appreciated by me.

A struggling soul

Anonymous said...

your gift to the church is a gift for all of us!Congrtaulations..may you feel the joy we bring to you!
Thanks for your prayers

Anonymous said...

congratulations and best wishes Sister Edith! Thank you for answering Gods call.
My heart is filled with joy for you.

Barb in NY said...

Belated congratulations to Sister Edith on her Profession Day! I hope that there will be photos soon!

And how nice that it was also her parents' wedding anniversary day! A double joy for the family!

Barb in NY

Anonymous said...

Blated congratulations to Sister Edith on her long awaited Profession DAY! (Three more to go as we follow the fantastic four!) Very Happy Anniversary to the parents as well! What a wonderful present for them to have on their special day! Best Wishes to all for their continuing future with each other and our Lord!! :-)

Marie Di Stefano said...

Dear Sister Edith Marie,
May God bless you always, and thank you for your prayers for all of us on the other side of the grill.