Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares her congratulations to the Sisters celebrating their 60th jubilees of Religious Profession.
Good morning on this Feast of Corpus Christi, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ! This is the group feast day of the “Sentinels of the Eucharistic King,” our Sisters, who are celebrating their 60th Anniversary of Jubilee today. Congratulations to Sister Adrianna Schouten, Sister Andrene Flasch, Sister Jolynn Kohlbeck, Sister Judanne Stratman, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Sister Mary Beth Prinz, Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Thereselle Arruda and Sister Verone Leeman. Joining you today in spirit are your classmates who have joined the Communion of Saints, Sister David Marie Long, Sister Judith Simons, Sister Emma Darrow, Sister Marie Voborny and Sister Sara Hale.
Today we celebrate the transubstantiation, the real presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist. The Scripture readings that will be proclaimed at Mass this afternoon will connect our Salvation History through the Covenant that God made with Moses and the People, to the sacred events of Holy Thursday and the Paschal Mystery. This is a reminder that Jesus is alive, celebrating His hospitality, compassion and love, as we hear in the Alleluia Verse, “I am the living bread come down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
At the end of Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament displayed in a monstrance. Today, as every day when we celebrate Mass and receive Holy Communion, we become the monstrance. Jesus is seen in and through us. A Sentinel is a guard whose job is to keep watch. For 60 years of Consecrated Life, the Sentinels of the Eucharistic King have lived their title by keeping watch. They have been faithful to their covenant promise of living the Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity which they made at their First Profession, August 15, 1958.
Through your group title and the witness of your life, may we be reminded to be watchful and know that Jesus is with us. May this day be filled with much joy and many blessings as you celebrate with your Sisters in Community, with your family and with your friends. God bless you!
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