Hello everyone. I know today is Sunday and I usually avoid posting on Sundays. However today is very special indeed, for a year ago today, our friend Sr. Maria Faustina made her novitiate promises and was officially received into the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. My family and I were honored to attend her wedding to Christ a year ago today.
In many ways, this was like any other wedding. The bride wore an elegant white wedding dress, the chapel was packed and the atmosphere was immensely jubilant. Her family and friends were present to share her bliss and participate in the Nuptial Mass and profession.
Unlike any other wedding I had ever attended, the bride left mid-ceremony in a formal wedding dress and returned clad in the simple habit of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. As a bride of Christ, this is the wedding dress she will wear daily. After the Mass and ceremony, there were the usual congratulations, smiles, tears, photographs and reception. Sr. Faustina’s parents, brother and sister beamed with pride and joy as they welcomed attendees. There were smiling sisters everywhere, including some from Sr. Faustina’s novitiate class (of 8). All eight were beginning lives as new Brides of Christ.
These eight novices embarked on a life of intense study and prayer. In the midst of this new life, there is still immense peace and joy. My younger sisters, who attend the many retreats that the Schoenstatt Shrine runs, have had the opportunity to see Sr. Maria Faustina throughout the year. They have been deeply impressed with the jubilance she possesses. My sisters have noticed whether Sr. Faustina is washing dishes, running the switch-board or in prayer, she exudes joy and complete happiness. Could any of us ask for anything more out of life?
Thank you so much Sr. Maria Faustina, for answering God’s Call so generously and whole-heartedly. Your joy and selflessness are most amiable. To a selfish and sour world, you show that the only way to find true love and happiness is to follow the call of God – even when popular opinion discourages doing so. You, like holy Mother Mary, answered without reserve. Fiat! Yes!, Let it be done to me according to your will. Thank you so much Sister, thank you!
We should all be deeply grateful to these Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, and indeed all of the consecrated Brides of Christ. It is their humble prayers that keep the church running.
P.S. My mom also blogged on Sr. Maria Faustina’s profession. Click here to read her post.