Daughter ~ Spouse ~ Mother
"When you shall see a soul leave all things to adhere to the Word with all her strength, live by Him,
allow herself to be guided by Him... a soul, in short, who can say: for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,
then you can indubitably recognize her for a spouse of the Word." ~ St. Bernard
The Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus as He places a ring of St. Catherine's finger - by Hans Memling
Our consecration as religious women is most beautifully expressed and summed up by the three primary
relationships in our life: Daughter, Spouse, Mother.
"I am a daughter of the Church." ~ St. Teresa of Avila
"The nuptial dimension belongs to the whole Church, but consecrated life is a vivid
image of it, since it more clearly expresses the impulse towards the Bridegroom." ~ Verbi Sponsa
There is a need for people able to show... the motherly face of the Church, people who spend their lives
so that others can have life and hope. The Church needs consecrated persons who, even before committing themselves to the service of this or that noble cause, allow themselves to be transformed by God's grace and
conform themselves fully to the Gospel. VC 105
Daughter, Spouse, Mother ~ in each of these, the Sister holds Our Lady as her Model and Mistress. May Mary, Daughter of the Eternal Father, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Mother of Christ and of the Church, pray for us and obtain for us the grace of final perseverance in our holy vocation as a
Daughter of the Church,
Spouse of Christ,
Mother of souls!
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