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Homily of Fr. Jim Mattaliano, SJ at First Profession

Homily of Fr. Jim Mattaliano, SJ at First Profession

Today we gather together on a special day for a special event.  Feast of the Assumption – Dogma of the Church House of Ephesus – Our readings speak of Mary’s journey – her constant journeying to God culminating in her Assumption. The bronze relief on the death Door in St. Peter’s Basilica: used to exit after funerals – it depicts the deaths of Jesus, Mary, Abel, St. Joseph, Peter, and John XIII.  Mary falls and the angels swoop in to catch her at the moment her soul leaves her body.  She...
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First Profession: Words of Gratitude from Sr. Mary Leonora, Provincial

First Profession: Words of Gratitude from Sr. Mary Leonora, Provincial

What a long awaited and beautiful day in the life of a religious – profession day – which translates “wedding day” with none other than our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ!  Sr. Carly Paula and Sr. Chelsea Bethany, you have found the ONE and He made sure to let Himself be found by you. And looking at you both, I have to admit that the Lord has done a great job in choosing! In psalm 45 that we prayed today, it says: “Radiant they shall enter the palace of the king.” And before that: “the ...
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Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Carly Paula, FSP

Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Carly Paula, FSP

I never imagined it would fly by so fast. When I entered community life with the Daughters of Saint Paul as a postulant on September 22, 2011 so many of my sisters would comment, “These four years will go by so fast!” I remember thinking, “Yah sure, easy for you to say.” I had been waiting for what felt like forever already to finally enter, and now I had another four years of preparation before making my first vows to Jesus. That fire of love, of desire, makes it difficult to wait.  But oh ...
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Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Chelsea Bethany, FSP

Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Chelsea Bethany, FSP

People keep asking me: “Are you ready to make First Vows?” I never know quite what to say. Can one ever be totally “ready” for something like this? One day, a few weeks ago, I was asked for what seemed like the tenth time that week if I was “ready” to make Profession as a Daughter of Saint Paul. I was tired and I found myself struggling to answer this question yet again. The poor soul standing in front of me was just as shocked as I was when I said very definitively, “NO. No, I’m not re...
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