“In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit
and to the greater glory of the Heart of Jesus,
in the presence of Mary, Mother of the Church,
and of all of you who are here witnesses,
I, Ewa Bartosiewicz, wishing to follow Jesus Christ more closely,
promise to Almighty God
obedience, poverty and chastity
in the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
I commit myself to its mission
of manifesting the love of Christ
through the service of education, especially of youth,
according to our Constitutions.
Trusting in the fidelity of God
and in the love of my sisters,
I make these vows for six years”
Exactly one year ago, I said these words, trusting in the fidelity of God and in the love my sisters. I must admit that during this year I was continuously confirmed in this fidelity and love. In many ways, this was not an easy year for me, because in the midst of a lot of joy, peace and success, it was also full of fatigue, stress and failures. However, I would not want to change anything, because I’ve never been so sure that this is my place, and that here and now the best plan of God is happening. It does not mean that I felt more loved by God, that I have been in constant euphoria of consolation. This is due only to the fact that “I know Him in whom I have believed and am confident that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” (see. 2 Tim 1:12).
Yesterday, my friend said a beautiful homily about the need to follow Jesus in 100%. I am convinced that religious vows are neither sufficient nor necessary to do this (everyone should fulfill this call as part of their own vocation). But this is my small step towards Him becoming everything to me, and I’m deeply convinced that only this can give happiness on earth, because that’s how perfect happiness in Heaven will look like.
I can only say: thank you, Jesus, for every day and I can’t wait for the next ones! 🙂