A Reflection by Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D.

As I prepare for my perpetual profession, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of awe. I am grateful for having been chosen by God to be totally consecrated to Him through a religious vocation. I am filled with gratitude for the love and support of my family, particularly for my parents who gave me life, brought me to the Church through Baptism, and nurtured my faith. I am also thankful for my brothers whose faith inspires me with hope, as well as the gift of my sister-in-law, Hope, and niece and nephews. I am grateful for Sacred Heart Parish and School in Coronado, California which enkindled and supported my faith throughout childhood and whose prayers help sustain me to this day. I am also grateful for the dear friends whom Our Lord has blessed me with throughout my life.

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I am extremely grateful for the community of Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus where I have found my home in the Heart of Jesus. The formation and love and care I have received from my Sisters has been an incredible gift. And so, my heart is truly overflowing with gratitude.

I am also filled with amazement at the meaning of religious life and the privilege of witnessing to its significance. My time in Carmel has strengthened my understanding of this gift. It is my wholehearted desire as a religious to be a sign of hope. We don’t have to wait until Heaven to be united to God. Heaven can begin now in our intimacy with God on earth. Also, we do not live for this world alone. This world is passing and in reality our time here is very brief. Finally, God exists. He is good and He is merciful and He will bring good out of all things, no matter how desperate they may seem. God has completely entered into our human condition by becoming man and taken upon Himself our every wound and brokenness. We are not alone. He wants to heal us. He wants to make us whole, but His ways are not our ways and we often cannot understand what He’s doing in the midst of it all. However, we have the hope that in Heaven we will be able to see how God has been able to weave everything together in a most beautiful and incomprehensible fashion. To be able to devote my whole life to God and to seek to share Him with others is a powerful and humbling gift.

 As I make final preparations for my total consecration to God, I ask for your prayers for my faithful perseverance. Know that as I lie prostrate before my total consecration, I will be holding each of you in my heart. May God bless you and our Blessed Mother keep you in her care.

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