Friday, May 21, 2010

I Vow to You, Holy Triune God

"Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings,
what you will do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, who you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."

Our two Sisters in temporary vows renewed them yesterday...a commitment to follow their Spouse in "poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration" for another year. These five years of temporary vows are a preparation for the final, irrevocable commitment that will take place with perpetual profession.
In our culture, which has a greater than 50% divorce rate, these two Sisters are quietly witnessing to the permanence and sacredness of a spousal bond. In our materialistic culture that judges a person's worth on what they are able to produce, our hidden life of constant prayer is a gentle reminder that seeking God is the "one thing necessary" and the "better part."
As our young Sisters renewed their vows, each Sister in the community re-lived in her own heart the vows she made any number of years ago, but we also renew daily that love which called us and keeps us faithful to Him.
Falling in love, staying in love, renewing that love: the grace of God who is faithful.

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