Every life has a beautiful destiny placed upon it by God. That destiny includes a vocation and a unique mission or purpose which not only bring the person to complete fulfillment but which also participates in a personal way in the drama of God’s saving plan in human history.
The calling to give oneself completely to Christ as a Brother or Sister is a vocation, which is irreplaceable and essential to the holiness of the Church. “The call…is an initiative coming wholly from the Father who asks those whom He has chosen to respond with complete and exclusive devotion. The experience of this gracious love of God is so powerful that the person senses the need to respond by unconditionally dedicating his or her life to God, consecrating to Him all things present and future, and placing them in His hands…through a complete self-offering.” (Vita Consecrata, 17)
This self-offering is made through the profession of the vows (a vow is a solemn promise) of poverty, chastity and obedience, a new and special consecration of the whole person which manifests in the Church a marriage effected by God, and a sign of the future life. This also explains why profession of vows is not a sacrament. ‘When God bypasses, so to speak, the sacramental economy, He is acting in a way in which He would have acted had man not fallen into sin, that is, by Himself directly infusing into the soul the graces that are needed.’ (see C. Schleck on Aquinas) This self-offering, therefore, “is an anticipation of the direct union with Christ in heaven when sacraments (and sin) shall be no more.” (Thomas Dubay, SM)
Through the gift of the profession of vows, Brothers and Sisters are graced to begin to live this future life and make it visible to the people of God even here and now. They do this through a universal love for all of mankind which reflects the way in which the Trinity loves each human being created in His image and likeness and which will be the way we love each other in eternity.
We thank God for this beautiful vocation and rejoice to celebrate:
- The First Profession of Brothers Uriel Lopez and David Snow on Sunday, July 9th, at Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC), 1200 Lantana St., Corpus Christi
- The Perpetual Profession of Br. Ryan Avery on Monday, July 10th at 5pm at OLCC.
- The Perpetual Profession of Sr. Mary of Divine Love, Sr. Maria Stella Maris, Sr. Maria Lucina of the Lamb of God, Sr. Maria Mater Dei, Sr. Mary Joseph of Divine Mercy, Sr. Maria Hostia, Sr. Mary Joy of Our Father, and Sr. Maria Solanus Casey on Tuesday, July 11 at 5pm at St. Theresa’s Church, 1302 Lantana St., Corpus Christi.
- The First Profession of Sr. Mary Kelli Ann Lopez on Friday, July 14, at 11:30am at OLCC.
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His love endures forever!” (Ps 107)
Submitted by Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT