Sr. Lystra Long made final profession ten days ago. Today she is wearing a T-shirt that says on the front: “I Love religious life” and on the back: “and believe in its future.”
Do you love what you are doing? Do you believe that what you are doing has a future?
Lystra is the youngest professed member of the congregation. Her enthusiastic “yes” to religious life is a shot-in-the arm for all of us.
But you know what? Our sisters who have been professed for years and years also do that for us. Their continued “yes”, their enthusiasm for the life to which they committed so many years ago, all of these say: I love religious life… and I believe in its future.
For Lystra’s profession sixteen sisters and one associate from the US were present to support the six of us Trinidadian sisters and our associates. They brought greetings, and prayers and love from all the sisters, especially our ‘retired ‘sisters. The energy was palpable. It was saying ‘We love religious life and we believe in its future.’ Wish you could have been there?!?
Lystra is off this week to a new mission. She and Sr. Sabrina will be pastoral administrators for a parish in the south of Trinidad. They go with the love and support of their sisters. They go with the strength that comes from the relationships of religious life, deep, intimate relationship with God and relationship with their sisters.
Let’s keep them in prayer.
Christina Araujo OP