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Use words when necessary

By Sister Amy Taylor, FSPA on Thursday, June 9th 2016


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There is power in our words and when our actions match, our lives are witness to others. “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words,” reads a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Recently, Sister Kristin renewed her FSPA vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience. The words she spoke in her vow formula are worth much more than surface value; they personify public commitment to the way she lives her life in the context of community and the world each day.

Making religious vows is a statement of belief of the providence of God. Psalm 16:11 is a wonderful resource for meditation. The words placed on the lips of the psalmist are familiar. We are reminded in all the moments of our life God is there. God is with us on the celebratory days such as profession of vows and also the challenging days when we struggle with the circumstances of life. With the grace God provides, each person is enabled to remain faithful to their life commitments.  

What commitments does your life call you to? How do you live them out? How does your life preach the Gospel today?

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