PROFESIÓNES RELIGIOSAS EN LA INDIA
When I was preparing myself for the Eucharistic celebration of my Final Profession, I was a little afraid, but then I remembered Jesus’ words, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” (Jn. 15:16). These words strengthened me, and my heart was filled with joy and gratitude. He reassured me, “I will be with you until the end of time” (Mt. 28:20).
Jesus spoke gently to my heart; I responded, “My Jesus, I trust in You.” No matter what lies ahead on the journey, I give my total “Yes” to my Lord. I am determined to give my “Yes”, not only at this moment, but as a daily, life-long “Yes” to God’s love with its struggles and hopes, with its joys and pains. To fulfill my heartfelt desire to be with Him for the rest of my life.
It is true that the Juniorate is the beginning religious life with the experience of continuous growth, much like the seed planted in the garden which needs care in order to grow and mature. So I had decided to be more open to bear fruit in life, which will help me live the reality of being a total member of the Escolapian family. This final commitment is a fulfillment of my desire for holiness. My encounter with Jesus in the realization of the Escolapian mission that God has entrusted to me.
I am grateful to God for the gift of my religious vocation, to love and to be shared in the community, with the children and with the families. With great faith and trust in God, I surrender my life to Him because He is the Source of everything. Now I fulfill my dream, and have yet to reach the goal of my life – to be holy.
In this Year of Mercy I ask the Lord to help me each day to live the God-experience of my life to be more merciful with others. Jesus and Mary, be with me.
Eramalloor, Kerala INDIA
Sr. Shantha of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sch. P.