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“Before God, it seems to me that the Institute needs: Sisters who are imbued with the spirit of self-denial and sacrifice which fills them with the desire to work and suffer for Jesus Christ and for the good of their neighbor; Sisters who are firmly convinced that exact obedience, without any criticism or complaint, is the path they must courageously tread in order to attain perfection and holiness; Sisters who are able to master their own affections and keep their hearts fixed on God alone in order to be able to say together with Saint Francis of Sales: ‘If I were to know that one fibre of my heart was not for God, I would tear it out’; Sisters who neither regret having left the world, nor long for the possessions and conveniences they have renounced; Sisters who deem it a privilege to live in a condition of poverty and privation in imitation of their divine spouse Jesus who, being rich became poor in order to enrich men with His grace and to make them heirs of Heaven; Sisters who have no other ambition on earth than to follow Jesus Christ who was humiliated, crowned with thorns, and nailed to the cross so that they may, thus, praise Him surrounded by the angels and saints in the glory of heaven.

We have need of Sisters who have a strong physical constitution, a good character, and a reasonably cheerful disposition, who desire above all else to become saints, not by doing anything extraordinary but only what is normal, thus becoming an inspiration to their fellow-men, especially the young, attracting them to the practice of the Christian virtues; finally Sisters who are, or at least can become effective instruments for promoting the glory of God in the fulfillment of those responsibilities, and the accomplishment of those activities which are proper to the Institute.”

It really makes me think to read this!  Am I ready and willing to be all that in my life?  I certainly hope so!   I smile in reading this, even though I see the challenges and hardships that can come with it.  To counter that, there is so much joy!

The Sisters Don Bosco Wanted

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Living Salesian

 

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Beautiful…

“Our highest calling, and our greatest honor, is to fix our eyes on the Lord and let him draw us to his side.”

So beautiful…it makes me melt!  What is better than this!?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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NCYC 2011

Back in mid-November, many of the Salesian Family gathered at NCYC to reach out to the thousands of youth celebrated the faith and their call to glory.  One of the aspirants in the East compiled this video for us!  I hope you enjoy it!

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Living Salesian, Videos

 

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Right Decisions

“To make a right decision in your vocation, you must meditate upon it before our Lord and pray, pray much.”  Don Cafasso to Don Bosco – Memoirs Volume II, page 162

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Living Salesian

 

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Big Step Forward!

Tomorrow I become an official postulant, no longer to be called a “postulant-to-be.”

I have been extremely open with my formator, whom I have great esteem for and look up to immensely.

The current provincial explained to me how where my heart is can be worked into that of which my heart is not located at; not sure how I feel about that yet.

The assistant of the community, who lives with us, is a sweetheart and no one could not love her.

This house is full of amazing sisters that I love to be around, especially hearing their stories.

I am ready…I am going to be a postulant…pray for me…I need it…

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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Mmm…Interesting

For some reason lately, the posts have been fewer and farther in-between.  I think I may have come up with some ideas or theories on why that may be so.  It is not that I don’t have much going on that is not deep and reflective nor is it that I don’t wish to share.  The internal workings of myself have been on overdrive.  I think more deeply and profoundly.  I feel even great than I have before.  I deal with much more than I may seem to.  The reflective bit of me is here just much as it ever was and just as willing to share as it ever has been.  What is the way I work is that I need to be comfortable in what I share and ready to put it into words that reach out, share, yet keep in private what must be kept as so.  Religious life pushes one in a way they have never really been pushed.  I can make al the comparisons in the world and such, but nothing with be like this, or even like what my past experiences have been, though they do play off of each other.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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Born Again: Getting Goofy

Wednesday, God sent me some reminders that I needed to hear.  Being home is hard; it is challenging me a lot more than usual.  This time though, I am more well equipped to deal with those inner challenges.  The first of the reminders I spoke about in my last post.

As I had mentioned in the previous post, I was out with my friend Nicole.  As we don’t see each often, we were catching up on life and things important to us.  When I was speaking of how hard this past year of formation was, as well as how I know I have grown, she mentioned something or how she thinks I am in the right place. 

Later that evening when we were both online, we were just chatting.  This is how part of the conversation went.

ME: I am curious, why do you think I am in the right spot? (of course I would ask no surprise)

NICOLE: because you love it, and you can’t deny it, because you get that goofy look in your eyes every time you talk about what you’ve been doing

ME: Seriously?

NICOLE: yeah, like have you ever talked to people and you can just tell they LOVE it? i don’t know exactly how to explain it

If only I could describe how much better that made me feel.  To have someone see that in me that knows me more than anyone else is wonderful. I am blessed with wonderful friends.

As I was sitting there typing, I again put my iPod on shuffle and this is what came up.

Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I’ve a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I’m not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn’t looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I’ve never known
That I’ve never felt before

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
In my life

This is what people have seen in me through all the challenges and growth of this year.  What an inspiration song that came on “random” and fits so well to what Nicole was telling me.  It really has given me something to think about.  God has sent me some reminders that I need to hear, and hear again.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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