Standing ovations all around - unforced and entirely spontaneous - are due to three congregations of religious women with whom I was blessed to spend some time over the long weekend. These are women who give voice to what are, indeed, very significant statements, and who, moreover, live out what they say through their daily witness.
|Sisters of Merciful Jesus at a Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica.
|Sr. Anne Hemstock and Sr. Mary Truong, Sisters of Providence.
|Gift shop at Carmelite Monastery with items made by the Sisters.
These three visits took place over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. When it comes to thanking God for his many blessings, where to start??!! He is so very good, and His blessings abound. Among them in this Archdiocese is the presence and witness of women consecrated to God through the embrace of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. We have many Congregations serving the people of the Archdiocese. Like the three I visited these past days, they give voice - in both word and deed - to a message that translates well into any language: entrust yourself to God's mercy, be free of all anxiety, and find in Him true joy and peace.