We Praise God For Our New Postulants!
How beautiful the color blue! Last year’s Postulants received the holy habit of St. Dominic one month ago, on July 22, leaving the chapel without the sight of blue skirts and vests for these past thirty days. As much as we relished the joy of our new Novices receiving their habits and religious names, we shortly began to miss seeing Postulants in the chapel, refectory, and everywhere! Finally, on August 22 Our Lord brought us the gift of nine new young women beaming with eagerness as they offered their self gift to the Lord. And they were wearing blue!
The Postulant entrance ceremony is beautiful in its simplicity. During the Liturgy of the Word, Mother Amata Veritas gave each new Sister a Dominican medal to wear and told the familiar and beloved story of a vision St. Dominic received in the Order’s early days. St. Dominic saw our Blessed Mother walking between St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Cecilia through the halls of the cloister where the brethren lay sleeping. On each friar the Blessed Mother sprinkled holy water. From this vision came the Dominican nightly tradition of blessing each Sister’s cell with holy water while whispering “Ave Maria” to each one. Quietly from within, each Sister whispers “gratia plena” (full of grace).
In the words of Mother Amata Veritas, each Postulant is a gift of God and brings to our community something we need. We are all excited to see these gifts unfold.
Please pray for these, our newest Sisters, and for God to continue to bless His Church and our community with more vocations!
November 13-14, 2021, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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