Seven years ago today, July 7, 2007, I had the honor and privilege of making my solemn vows as a nun.
I couldn’t believe how appropriate the first reading was at Mass today! It’s from Hosea:
Thus says the LORD:
I will allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak to her heart.
She shall respond there as in the days of her youth,
when she came up from the land of Egypt.
On that day, says the LORD,
She shall call me “My husband,”
and never again “My baal.”
I will espouse you to me forever:
I will espouse you in right and in justice,
in love and in mercy;
I will espouse you in fidelity,
and you shall know the LORD.
It’s so hard to believe seven years have passed since that day, which seemed a life-time away for so long. Here are some pictures I managed to find from the vow ceremony, which takes place during Mass.
Okay, you can’t see me in this picture, but I’m lying underneath that funeral pall. It’s symbolic of my death to the world and my total dying to self so that I can fully live my life in Christ. Everyone chants the litany of the saints while I’m prostrate on the ground. And I’ll tell you, I was crying a lot under there – happy tears, tears of gratitude. I had such an overwhelming sense of God’s love and mercy towards me. Then comes the part where I make my actual vows. All the solemn professed sisters gather around and act as witnesses, although you can’t see them in this picture. Fr. Phillips, my pastor from home, came from San Antonio, as he had every year since my first vows. Here he is praying a very beautiful prayer over me. I really should post the whole prayer sometime.My wedding ring! The Holy Name of Jesus is engraved on the inside of the wedding band.
And here’s me after the ceremony. Like any new bride I’m excited, overwhelmed, unspeakably grateful to God…and maybe a little tired.
Please pray for my continued perseverance in my vocation, and for the perseverance of all religious. You have no idea how much all of us depend on your prayers, and how much we thank God for your prayerful support. Our Blessed Lord has rewarded me beyond measure, and I pray He will do the same for you.