Today is the anniversary of my perpetual vows as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. As I walked along the irrigation ditches and cotton fields just before sunrise, I was conscious of the date. I gave thanks to God who has been total faithfulness in my life, not just in the years since my profession of vows. All my life, each day, every moment God has been total fidelity, to me as to each of God’s creatures.
It goes without saying that I am grateful for my call to religious life as a Sister of Charity. But it is important to say it. In fact, a few hours later, after Mass at the diocese celebrated by our soon-to-be-installed Bishop Mark Seitz, I expressed my thanks. It occurred to me that I have served in this diocese for all 21 of the years since I made my life commitment. That is pretty amazing! I would never have imagined, when we came to the area, that God would ask me to devote so much of my active years of ministry in this place.
Opportunities presented themselves in the form of needs: health care in the colonias, a center for special children in Mexico, programs for young adults in the diocese…always discerned because of a familiar tug at the heartstrings that came from the faithful One who laid claim on my life long ago. God’s faithfulness gives me the confidence to keep listening, to stay open to the call, to desire to be deeply available because I know that “the One who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Phil 1:6)
So I celebrate the faithfulness of God today and recommit myself to the vows I made at our Motherhouse on July 3, 1992. I give thanks for my Sisters, my family, friends and co-workers, and especially for those I have had the privilege to serve. Life is a precious gift and I do not take it for granted. I promise to make sure that each day counts.