~ The first prayer a Marian Sister prays each day
Made timeless by its very antiquity, the religious habit speaks always and everywhere of the realities beyond the present. Each Sister gladly left off her favorite style of worldly clothing - the beautiful dresses, casual jeans, athletic and dance attire - to put on this simple reminder of what a glorious waste her life has become, totally given over to her Beloved. All of her energy, her love, her time, her talent, has been poured out - wasted - in His service. It has become His time, His talents, HIS, all His, just for Him.
"Place, O Lord, the helmet of salvation upon my head, that I may overcome the assaults of the devil," Sister prays. Before she received her bridal veil for the first time, she said farewell to her hair. However short or unruly it may have been, it was her hair, the external sign of her femininity. This sign too, has been left behind, not because it was not good or beautiful, but precisely because it was good and beautiful it was given to Him. Never again will the world see this aspect of her beauty. The Sister's response: "My soul doth magnify the Lord! He hath done great things for me!"
"God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified to me and I to the world," Sister continues, kissing the crucifix as she clips on her Rosary, brought back by that simple yet exquisite act to the moment of her clothing when Mother first presented her Rosary crucifix for her to venerate.