... a young consecrated virgin reflects on her vocation
Congratulations, my dear sister in Christ! :-)))
I'm soooo happy for you, and for the church!
Just remember, "Love makes the Lover like unto the Beloved."In the Heart of our Spouse,Val Means
Gracias a Dios! I've been thinking about you so much this past week. Let's talk soon.
I have also been thinking about you this past week. God grant you many blessed years!
Congratulations and may God bless you in your vocation. Can you answer a few questions? Were you presented with your veil at your consecration and do you now where that when you attend mass, or do you never wear it again? Will you be able to Adore the Blessed Sacrament in your home? Thanks.
It is a great untold story that 0ne of the reasons the church in China exists and is growing is due to the great dedication and holiness of the Consecrated Virgins. These holy women continued to care for the needy, encourage the faithful and teach, and baptise when the clergy were tortured, arrested and martyred during the great reign of terror unleashed by the communists from 1949 onward. Times were especially precarious during the cultural revolution. Even today there are about 50 consecrated virgins in most Catholic Parishes in major cities in China.
Patm, Great questions! In the picture, I’m wearing the veil I received during the Rite, which I sewed myself and brought to the bishop before Mass that morning. Since I made it especially for the day of my consecration, my thought is that I won’t be wearing that particular veil again, just as most women don’t usually wear their wedding dresses more than once. However, I think from now on I will be wearing a mantilla or chapel veil of some sort when I go to Mass. Consecrated virgins can receive permission to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in their homes, under the condition that they have an appropriate place for it and that they are able to have Mass celebrated there once or twice a month.Because I am a recent college graduate and am now working on an M.A. in Theology full time, I don’t have a home of my own (I divide my time between school and my family’s house), so creating my own small chapel is not really possible. But I can assure you that once I do have my own place, a chapel will be the first room I set up!
Many thanks for everyone’s congratulations and support, and especially for all your prayers, on my consecration day! I truly could not have been happier.Anonymous: Unfortunatly,I’m not very familiar with the consecrated virgins in China, but I would love to hear more about them. It’s wonderful to know that I have such marvelous “sisters” in this vocation.
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What a beautiful picture! I hope you will post more of the ceremony!
Congratulations on your consecration, dear Jenna Marie, newly-wed bride of Christ! I am so happy for you, and I pray that each day your joy in our Beloved Spouse will grow. How tickled I was to learn that we both have good and dear friends in the Sisters of the Visitation at the Georgetown Monastery! They are lovely, vibrant women who truly know how to "live Jesus" in the Salesian tradition. Again, congratulations! In our Beloved Spouse,Alice Claire MansfieldConsecrated Virgin, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Heartiest congratulations!In the Love of Christ,Joseph
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