Thanks to our dear friend Gina Marie -- who graciously photographed the Sisters' First Profession of Vows, we have wonderful pictures of the ceremony to share.
O my Savior, on that first Holy Thursday evening, Thy thoughts were only of peace, charity, and good will for men, whereas man thought only of malice and cruelty.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee. My God, my God, I love Thee in the most Blessed Sacrament.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
First Profession of Vows of Sr. Mary Victoria of Our Sorrowful Mother and Sr. Michelle Marie of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption.
Sr. Katie moments before becoming Sr. Philomena Marie of Our Lady, Mother of the Eternal High Priest
"Religious life is radical and beautiful. It is a love affair of the most enthralling type. It is a focusing on God that fulfills as nothing else fulfills." - Father Thomas Dubay
Meditation for the Ninth Day: On the Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The Gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to Divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with true joy and consolation and are known as the fruits of the Holy Ghost. These fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, "to serve Whom is to reign."
Let us Pray: Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits: Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, modesty, continence, long-suffering and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.