Miles Christi

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." -Ephesians 6:10&11

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm SO excited because my sister's Investiture ceremony is going to be this June, and she receives a new name. She has been waiting for this day for a while now. :) She's made guessing her new name a little contest for us girls...whoever guesses it first is to receive some odd sort of surprise (hmm. that could be a bad thing knowing Nicole and her practical jokes). She said her name will include Mary, Marie, or Maria, the saint is a doctor of the Church, and the name could be masculine or feminine. Whatever she means by that! Beyond guessing her new name and having a cool ceremony, there is so much meaning behind it all. Taking a new name represents taking on a new and totally different life; the habit is there as reminder that we're not meant for this world but the next. We're here to know, love, and serve God. There is a lot more to it, but I'm not exactly sure what it is. If Nicole ever reads this, she'll probably comment and elaborate more so...at least I hope.

Religious have always been inspiring to me. Every time I see them, it causes me to stop and reevaluate my life. They're a reminder that, as St. Therese said, "Life is a moment between two eternities." The world is so distracting and flies by so quickly that it's hard for us to come to a halt and focus. I was watching a movie on St. Teresa of Avila yesterday, and I was struck just by how in touch with God all of the sisters were. They had sacrificed everything to live a simple life of prayer and penance behind closed doors. They had their imperfections, but they were always concious of God's presence. I ran across a beautiful quote by Josemaria Escriva just a little bit ago. He said "Jesus, let my distractions be the other way round. Instead of recalling the world when I am engaged in conversation with you, let me rather recall you when I am engaged in the things of this world."

I want to be that focused!

1 Comments:

  • At 4:12 PM, Anonymous nicole morse said…

    As the religious in the family, I have seen God spoil me in many ways. I must say that we definitely receive back from God far more than we give to Him. This is true for everyone, not just for sisters.

    One thing that I have grown to love during my few years in religious life is the vocation of Christians. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we are called to offer ourselves to the Father in union with Him. It is a precious gift to be able to intercede for the salvation of souls.

     

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