Ave Maria! Dearest Friends…I know it has been a long time. I want to assure you of my prayers for you as we enter into this Holy Season of Christmas.
Because of your generosity and prayers, I am now a Novice with the Franciscans of the Eucharist, a new religious community serving at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago. I entered Novitiate on October 4, 2010–the Feast of St. Francis–with Sr. Kate. Both of us, along with the rest of our community, under th leadership of our superior Fr. Bob, are doing so well. It has been an incredible joy for me to receive the holy habit, a simple brown tunic, white cord and white veil, as well as the San Damiano Cross and sandals. Daily I am reminded of God’s love, mercy and generosity to me. I am so grateful for the gift of my vocation, to be Christ’s Bride!
Each day I try to die to self and receive the Grace God desires to give me. Formation has been a beautiful challenge, and it has only just begun! Know that I will not be posting on this website frequently, and may eventually close it down, but be assured of my prayers for you, and please keep praying for me. Once our community website is updated, I will post that link here.
As we enter into this Season of Light, let us recall that Christmas is a time not only of hope and joy, but also the beginning of the Passion…of Jesus’ 33 years on earth that lead to Calvary but also the Glory of the Resurrection!
May the humble Baby Jesus, His Immaculate Mother Mary, St. Joseph her most Chaste spouse and St. Francis intercede for us all as we journey along this path to Heaven. May we persevere through the struggles and carry the Cross we are given with great joy, as we are purifed in order to join God, the Angels and Saints for all eternity! God bless you!
Joyfully in the Cross, Sr. Alicia