The Carnival is Coming... but for now...
August 3, 2007
CFR Sisters - Investiture 2007
“Why’s that lady gotta rope ‘round her dress, Momma?”
“That’s for the faith, darlin’.”
That’s as succinct and accurate an explanation of the Holy Habit as I’ve heard! It was an exchange between a little girl and her mother at an Oklahoma gas station we happened by on our recent Mission West.
The Postulants were counting down the days to their investiture at the time, and now, as of yesterday, (Feast of Our Lady Queen of the Angels) they are among the ranks of those who wear “a rope around their dress” - and veils on their shorn heads too.
And yes, it is “for the faith.”
For the faith that God is the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.
For the faith that Jesus Christ, is His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under PontiusPilate, He was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again.
For the faith that He has ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
For the faith in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Yes, our four beautiful new Sisters believe, not just in an idea, but in a Person, Jesus Christ. And their faith has grown into a love, and this love has made a response. Please pray for them, that their belief will deepen, that their love will grow and that their “yes” will ever be their response to God’s loving voice.
Sr. Clare Matthiass, CFR
(for more details on the meaning of the habit, click here)
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