Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Romance of Religious Life (Part 7 of 7)

This is the seventh part in a seven-part series.  The prior posts may be found here.

PROFESSION OF SOLEMN VOWS: THE “IT IS CONSUMMATED!” PHASE

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Just as a marriage must be consummated to be made binding until death (assuming it is valid in all other respects), it is the profession of solemn vows which consummates the bond between a bride of Christ and her Beloved.  For it is at solemn vows that the bride of Christ professes her vows “until death”.  A simple gold band is slipped on her finger and as her veil is blessed, she is reminded that she is forever a “house of prayer.”  But the story does not end there with a “happily ever after.”  Just as after the wedding, there comes children and sickness, heartaches and beautiful joys, tragedy and celebration, in a religious vocation, after vows the best (and hardest and most painful and most beautiful) is yet to come.

Interested in learning more about Dominican contemplative life and our community? If you are a young (ages 18-40), single Catholic woman, we invite and encourage you to contact our vocation directress, Sister Joseph Marie to get your questions answered or to set up a time to chat or visit. Also, our next “Come-and-See” Day is July 16, 2016. Contact Sister Joseph Marie to learn more or to register.

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