The call to religious life is a great gift of grace. It belongs to the initiative of God and the free response of the soul. As St. John Paul II has said: “The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The vocation is a breathing of the Holy Spirit, who, at the same time as he genuinely shapes our fragile human reality, shines a new light into our hearts. He instills an extraordinary power that merges our existence into the divine enterprise.” (Rome, March 17, 1982) Like “chalices full of Christ”, we want to be consecrated, set apart, belonging only to Christ so the He may live in us and our charity may be poured forth for souls.
This year in our province we were able to welcome a group of ten sisters who made their first profession on November 3rd at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Once more, the mystery of the call and the gift of grace shone through these women. Congratulations to all the sisters and to their families, as well as to those who accompanied them during their discernment over the years and to those who serve in our houses of formation. May Our Lady of Lujan continue to intercede for these new Spouses of Christ as they grow in the religious life! Viva la Virgen!