Pastor's Corner Apr 23 2017

With joy we announce that Muriel Wankep-Kamga has been accepted into the Cloistered Carmelite Monastery in Elysburg PA. Her entrance will be Sunday April 30th. Muriel enters to continue discerning God's will for her, and to test her vocation. Please pray for her. As the Church has great need of contemplatives, we are happy for her. However, we will be happy for whatever is God's will for her. Muriel will be joining Valorie Taylor—eldest daughter of Jason and Cary, now Sr. Aimée—who entered two years ago, and who is now a novice.

Let's review the Contemplative Life: (*)

"The Church as Bride of the Word shows forth in an exemplary way in those dedicated to a wholly contemplative life the mystery of her exclusive union with God. For this reason...Vita Consecrata presents the vocation and mission of clois-tered nuns as "a sign of the exclusive union of the Church as Bride with her Lord, whom she loves above all things", (1) showing how they are a unique grace and precious gift within the mystery of the Church's holiness.

"In their undivided attention to the Father's word: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased" (Mt 3:17), and in their loving acceptance of that word, cloistered nuns are always "with Him on the holy mountain" (2 Pt 1:17-18). Fixing their gaze upon Christ Jesus, shrouded in the cloud of God's presence, they wholly cleave to the Lord. (2)

"Cloistered nuns see themselves especially in the Virgin Mary, (3) Bride and Mother, figure of the Church; (4) and sharing the blessedness of those who believe (cf. Lk 1:45; 11:28), they echo her "Yes" and her loving adoration of the Word of life, becoming with her the living memory of the Church's spousal love (cf. Lk 2:19, 51). (5)

"The esteem which the Christian communi-ty has always had for cloistered contemplative women has deepened with the rediscovery of the contemplative nature of the Church herself and of the call addressed to every Christian to enter a grace-filled encounter with God in prayer.

Nuns, in living the whole of their life as "hidden with Christ in God" (Col 3:3), realize in a supreme way the contemplative vocation of the entire Christian people, (6) and thus they become a luminous sign of the Kingdom of God (cf. Rom 14:17), "glory of the Church and wellspring of heavenly graces". (7)"

Thank you for your continued support, may God reward you richly.

(*) "Verbi Sponsa: Instruction on the Contemplative Life and on the Enclosure of Nuns" by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, 1999.

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