Saturday, July 26, 2014

Diamond Jubilee

Renewing Her Vows
The call of God is always present in one's life, but where and when it is heard differs with each individual.  Some hear it in childhood and, although they get sidetracked at times with other interests, they always seem to be heading in the direction of the monastery. This does not mean that these individuals are souls of special predilection or the like. In many instances their motivation can be less than perfect, but God uses all means, the perfect as well as the imperfect, to accomplish his designs. My own experience can be used as an example. When I was six years old my father died after a very brief illness. The reality of death and the sorrow of physical separation affected me deeply. I distinctly remember thinking to myself that I would never marry because of the grief and sorrow I would experience if my husband preceded me in death. This was hardly a pure motive for entering religious life, but I believe God used this experience and motivation to awaken in me the first stirrings of a religious vocation. Several years later there was a feature story about a cloistered-contemplative Order in the daily newspaper and I was fascinated as I read about these religious who totally lived for God in prayer, solitude, and penance. I felt myself drawn and attracted to this lifestyle. As the years passed I went through all the normal stages of young womanhood and at times seriously considered marriage and various forms of religious life. But deep within there was always that attraction and pull towards dedicating myself to God in a contemplative form of life.
(Our jubilarian, Sister Mary Gemma, on her vocation to the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely conversion story! I plan to share it with my 89-yr old mom, who is deeply devoted to you! Thanks for all you & all you do for us, for the world.

Anonymous said...

My Dear Sisters ~ if you could possibly post more often, or more regularly, I suspect you would gain a legion of followers ... I know you are busy praying for us, but you could be inspiring us additionally! We love you!

Mary F. Sibley said...

I know this is late Sister Mary Gemma, as I just discovered this beautiful website, but many congratulations on your jubilee. I hope you had a wonderful time at your celebration.

I am from St. Louis and know of your order but wanted to learn more about it. I will come back to read more of the blogs, rest assured. Please tell the other Sisters to post more often. I loved reading what they had to say! :-)