Having Reverend Mother and her Vicaress, Sister M. Engratia, here with us again during this time of visitation (which, sadly, is now finished) has brought back the memory of that day when I offered myself to God through the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, placing myself at the disposal of this religious congregation. As soon as I think back on that beautiful day of consecration, I automatically recall the path God chose to get me to this point. My vocation and the way in which God chose to reveal to me his love, mercy, and faithfulness is the daily strength, along with the ultimate source- the Eucharist- which allows me to persevere in both struggles and joys.
I will miss the presence of Reverend Mother and Sister M. Engratia, who have brought the fidelity of Mother M. Anselma, the joy of Saint Francis, and the prayerful spirit of our entire congregation with them to America. Most importantly, they have reminded each of us to be faithful to our vows and to live in utter gratitude for our vocation as Thuine Franciscans. May God bless them upon their return to Germany and may they take with them our love and prayers as gifts for our world-wide community.