Recently, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant Michelle Ozuna received the Insignia of St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of her formal witness of being a Postulant in our Community. In Celano’s first book we read that Francis made for himself a tunic showing the image of the tau cross so as to remind himself of his call to imitate Christ. The insignia, the tau with the hand of Jesus covering that of Francis, is to remind Michelle of her call to follow Christ with us. The ceremony was held in St. Mary Chapel in our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Sister Natalie Binversie, after presenting the Insignia read this Exhortation taken from the Letter to the Ephesians and Chapter 24 from the Earlier Rule of St. Francis:
Live life then with a sense of responsibility not as a person who does not know the meaning and purpose of life, but as yon who does. With Francis I ask that you learn nad frequently call to mind the tenor and sense of what has been written in this life for the salvation of our souls, I beg God, Who is All-powerful, Three and One, to bless all who teach, learn, retain, remember and put into practice there things each time they repeat and do what has been written there for the salvation of our souls.
I implore everyone to love, keep, and treasure them greatly. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever. Amen.
Sister Natalie: May the Lord enable you to experience the joy of Christ as you live among us.
Sister Natalie: May the love of God unite you with us and may we gladly share each other’s burdens.
Sister Natalie: May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father…
Song: Blessing of St. Francis