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Sarah Ann's Reflection

Pretty soon I will be called by a new name. This new name, Sister Mariela, signifies my new life in Christ and His specific calling of my name to receive all He wants to give. Mariela is a form of Mary, and I will celebrate my nameday on the Feast of the Visitation. When reflecting on what name the Lord wanted me to take, the Visitation kept coming to mind. This Joyful Mystery of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and her proclamation of the Lord’s goodness seemed to pervade and set the theme for much of my life. In whatever form it may come, I want to receive joyfully all He wants to give, to carry out His will alone, like our Mother Mary did. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47).


Anonymous said…
Hello Stoddy,
A friend of mine/co-worker found your website for me. Her friend is Sr. Maximillia Um. So I was happy to see I can congratulate you on line. I hope you will continue to grow in love with our Lord and serve him as a Franciscan. I was a Franciscan too, so the charism is very special to me. Again, Congrats! hugs, Connie Ruhlman, Mac's mom
Anonymous said…
Looking forward to seeing your reception pix online. Congratulations to all the new "sisters" and the newly professed sisters as well.
Anonymous said…
Sarah Ann-
Congrats Girl!! That is such a legit name! Sorry we couldn't come to the reception but you're always in our prayers. We can't wait to road trip it down to see you guys!
God Bless,
Chelsea and Sarah

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