“I am espoused to Him whom the angels serve; sun and moon stand in wonder at His glory.” (Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity)
The solemnity of All Saints Day is the Church’s remembrance and celebration of all the many holy men and women who have run the race and kept the faith triumphing over death through the conformity of their lives to the Model of Sanctity, Jesus Chirst.
Perhaps there is no more fitting way in this life to partake in the joy of the saints than the profession of religious vows.
For it is by the vows that a soul commits herself to poverty, placing all her hope in the treasures of heaven, chastity, offering her undivided heart to the One God, and obedience, willing to follow the footstep of Christ even to the point of death. It is by daily fidelity to her vows that a religous hopes one day to be counted among those who behold the face of God.
We are grateful to God that on this All Saints Day, eight sisters from our province were able to make vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and a fourth vow of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the method of a St. Louis Marie Grignion de Monfort. The sisters made their vows during the Mass, celebrated by Fr Pablo Bonello, IVE at the Fransiscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC.
The public profession of vows was pronounced in unison by the sisters following the homily. Mother Maria del Cenaculo Perez, Provincal Vicar, officially witnessed the vows on behalf of the whole Institute. After the vows were received, each sister’s white veil was replaced with the blue veil of the professed and the spousal crown of white flowers.
The changing of the veil is an outward, visible sign of the underlying, invisible spiritual reality that takes place within the religious sister. The white crown of flowers symbolizes the purity of the Bride of Christ, and also represents the crown of unfading glory we hope to one day wear in Heaven. Eight sisters renewed their temporary vows during the Mass as well.
The Joy of the Marriage Banquet
The mass was followed by a reception at St. John Baptiste de la Salle parish hall. We were very happy to be able to celebrate with so many of our families and friends. Many of the families of the sisters making vows had made great sacrifices to be able to attend, traveling from places all over the country including California, Louisiana, Missouri, Iowa, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Their presence and support truly helped to create a familial and joyful atmosphere.
We thank the members of the IVE along with all of our families and friends who came to celebrate with us the many gifts and graces we have received from God through the intercession of all the saints. We are especially grateful for the gift of eight new Brides of Christ to our Religious Family and for the Church. We ask your prayers for the sanctification and perseverance of all the members of our Institute, particularly those sisters who have just recently taken vows.