Why Trinity Sunday is a Perfect First Profession Day for a Franciscan

by Sister Louise on June 3, 2012

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Monica Martin professed her vows for the first time on June 3, 2012,  the feast of the Blessed Trinity. Community Director, Sister Louise Hembrecht, explains why this Triune feast is a perfect day for Sister Monica’s first profession of vows.

Congratulations, Sister Monica. We gather this morning in anticipation of what will happen this afternoon. In a few hours you will profess your vows. God will consecrate you to Himself. As you know, religious consecration, the profession of vows, is not a sacramental action within the Church. It is rather a continuation, a perfection of Baptism, when the Blessed Trinity began dwelling within you. How fitting it is that you profess your vows on the feast of the Holy Trinity. May you always be aware of the tremendous gift that has been given you. May you live your vows out of a sense of love for tremendous love, Love Itself, dwells within you.

I trust that the Novitiate has been a blest time for you, a time of grace. During these past two years you have studied our Franciscan life, studied the vows, studied us. The Novitiate has been a time to grow in prayer, to be grounded in prayer. The learning is not complete now nor will it be in a few hours from now when you profess your vows. It has only begun. The vows you have studied, you are professing to live with all your heart and being. Throughout your whole life, you will need to continue to integrate prayer, community, and service for  it is only through that integration that you will truly live the vows.

As you travel to Hawaii to begin your vowed life on mission, you will find that the pull to service is great but I trust that the pull to prayer and community is just as great. The three together form the basis of our evangelical apostolic religious life with Christ as the cornerstone. The vows are a means for you of manifesting the presence of the Trinity within you and within the world that surrounds you.

Today, the rest of us will look at you and be in awe of your excitement and the fervor of your love. We will see in you our own desire to be united with the Trinity in an outpouring of love and generosity. We are no longer caught up in the newness of living the vows, but we pray that each day we are overwhelmed by freshenss of the tremendous love of our God, a love that we continue to manifest in prayer, generous service and in living community.

God’s call to you, to each of us, is both simple and overwhelming. With our eyes and our hearts focused on the goodness and generosity of God, we will recognize the love of God in all that He gives us, in the beauty of creation, in the people He places in our lives, in the joys and in the sorrows that form our lives. We know that He will give you and that He gives each of us the grace to respond, not only to the big challenges of living the vows, but also to the little things of daily life.

May you live poverty in such a way that you manifest that God and His goodness to you are enough for you. May your living of obedience be a witness of your openness to God and the many ways He reveals His will in your life.  May your daily living of chastity reveal God’s love for you and within you as the indwelling of the Trinity shines forth through you and may God’s love in and through you shine forth and reach out to all people and to all that God has created… may God bless this your profession day, Sister Monica, and each day of your vowed Religious life.

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11 thoughts on “Why Trinity Sunday is a Perfect First Profession Day for a Franciscan”

  1. Congratulations to Sr. Monica and to us for the privilege of sharing this special day. Special prayers for her family as they share her joy during her visit with them. Know of my support and joy!

  2. Srosangela says:

    Sister Monica,
    How happy I was to attend the beautiful Mass and Profession Ceremony. It was an added blessing to have Bishop Ricken say the Mass. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
    Sister Rosangela

  3. The Feast of the Blessed Trinity is celebrated in a very real, profound way at each baptism and in each religious profession of vows. A joyous spirit was certainly present at Sister Monica’s First Profession. May the love of God and all people continue to shine forth in you, Sister Monica, especially with your family this week, with us here at the Motherhouse for most of the summer, and in Kekaha, HI come the end of July!)

  4. Kathy Lehnerz says:

    Dear Sister Monica,
    Congratulations, hugs & blessings from West Bend!  How beuatiful you look in your new
    black veil!   Your face shines with the beauty within you too !    Thank you for sharing your gifts of Faith, Hope & Love with us !  They will help carry you across the waters to Hawaii !!
    I am so happy for you…
    Kathy Lehnerz (Regina’s Mom)

  5. Scaritas says:

    Congratulations, Sister Monica. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. May the Lord who has chosen you to be His Bride be with you always to guide, to support, to love, to uphold you as you seek to follow in the footsteps of Christ as did Francis. Special blessings to you in all the days ahead..one special day at a time.

  6. RT says:

    Wow Sr. Monica, you are really beautiful! Thank you for your courage and strength and witness and joy and… congratulations! “And the two shall become one flesh…” !

  7. Sister Monica you are an inspiring young Sister! It is a joy to share this Franciscan journey with you! Stay close to Jesus, who loves you more than you know! Count on my continued prayers for you!

  8. Sisterannjoachim says:

    Beautiful pictures for remembrances of a precious  day-First vows on Profession Day.
    May the spark of love burn brighter as the years pass.

  9. Sister Hannah says:

    Congratulations Sr. Monica!
            It looks like you had a very blessed day. Just seeing the pictures I could sense your joy and enthusiasm. I would have loved to have been there to celebrate with you. Know that I was with prayers. I look forward to serving with you in Hawaii.

  10. Susan says:

    Dearest Kara, now Sister Monica,
         I could not be more proud of you.  You have always belonged to God.  He groomed you for a rich life in service to Him.  I am tremendously grateful for the privilege of being your mother with His help – such a sacred gift.   I love you more than you could know.  Your family and friends are happy for you.  Your late Grandpa Beechnau is probably doing handstands and flips.  May God bless you and keep you in His loving presence, and may He surround you with His glory and His protection all the days of your life.
    All my love,
    Mom XOXOXO

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