Today, I experienced something that reaffirmed my call to the Franciscans. In fact, it confirmed it, but I will talk about this at some other point.
The other major event that took place today was a service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, Washington, at which 10 Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church (SMMC) took their first vows before Bishop William Skylstad and their newly elected Mother General, Rev. Mother Kathryn Joseph.
As one who has known the Sisters for more than ten years, this was an extremely moving service. Priests, seminarians, religious, and laypeople joined the Sisters on this most beautiful and solemn day. It was a day that many of us had prayed for and reflected on for years before. It was a triumphant day that included a most beautiful Pontifical High Mass.
Yet for all of this triumph, I was also reminded of the great sacrifices these Sisters have had to make to get here. For some of them, no family came on this most important day. Yet this absence was more than made up for by those that came to wish them well and congratulate them on this most important step.
To me, this reaffirms my belief in Christ’s words to St. Francis so many centuries ago. Christ told St. Francis to rebuild the Church and now, the Holy Father is doing the same thing. The conversion of these Sisters from sedevacantism to the Roman Catholic Church is nothing less than astounding. They tell their story on their website (http://www.sistersofmarymc.org). It is an affirmation to me that problems in the Church can be solved and rifts can be healed.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Blessed Brother Juniper, pray for us!