“But whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil 3:7-8). In meditating upon my upcoming profession of vows, the words “in poverty” are what touch my heart the most. By the vow of poverty, I am saying that Jesus Christ will be my everything. As my spouse, I can share everything with Him. In giving Him everything, I am receiving everything I could ever want or need. Jesus will be my source of strength, my hopes, my dreams, my joys, and my consolation in the midst of sorrow. He is the one who gives me life and the one who will lead me. He willingly died for me, and now I am being asked to follow Him and empty myself of all that I am, including my weakness. Only by emptying myself am I able to receive His love and His grace, for “(His) grace is sufficient for me, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:12).
Today, on the Feast of the Birth of Mary, our new postulants entered the postulancy of our American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George! We thank God for the gift of these vocations. Pictured above - on their very first full day in the convent - are (from left) Ashley Vola, Samantha Goodson, Miranda Edgar, Jennifer Clark and Erin Leis. Welcome, Postulants! We Sisters are grateful that you have accepted Christ's invitation to belong totally to Him in our Franciscan community, and we support you wholeheartedly with our prayers and help! If you would like to send a word of welcome and encouragement to these new postulants, we will pass the greetings along to them. Just leave them as a "comment"!