Have you ever met someone and you knew instantly you would become great friends? This is exactly how I felt when I met St. Francis Xavier last year during the first part of my postulant year. I immediately knew that I was going to have a closer relationship with him than any other Saint, and I was right. I have found in him the example of the life that I had been striving to live. His spotless purity, unmatchable zeal, childlike joy and his great courage are just a few things that really hit home for me. His remarkable example of friendship is also something that really struck out to me because it is only through relationships that I have learned to follow Christ. St. Francis Xavier is most known for his missionary exploits and this is something that I am trying to imitate in him. I have learned though, that I do not have to go to India to be a missionary. In fact, I do not even have to talk to people. All I really have to do is be faithful to the smallest tasks of each day and God will transform the world through me. I pray that in all I do I will always be joyfully zealous like St. Francis Xavier, so that God's love may reach the whole world through me.
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"!