I just celebrated on Sunday the 28th anniversary of my final profession as a Mount Saint Joseph Ursuline Sister. Now I believe this is quite an accomplishment! I took the time to recall the events of that day when I stood before the community and the Church represented there and committed my life, through the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and instruction to the Church. It has been a roller coaster ride, and I ask every day for the grace to persevere. The Church is continually evolving and my heart sometimes gets a little anxious but I know the Spirit will sustain and heal us, the Body of Christ.
I was able to celebrate the day by gathering with a faith community who was welcoming a new member into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. I thought it was a significant parallel. A man who embraced the Catholic faith by professing, “I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.” I also recalled my own words of committment, “I know in whom I place my trust, and I believe that God is able to fulfill all that I entrusted to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and instruction.” It love this quote: “Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.”
I am so grateful for my call to be a Mount Saint Joseph Ursuline and with passion and joy I embrace my call and speak my YES again and again!