The Lord has done great things for us and we are happy! On Saturday, October 1st, we had a beautiful vocational meeting in our Cabrini High School (CHS) in New Orleans. Twelve young people from different parishes and also of different ages, participated in the activity. Ten of them came in person, brimming with enthusiasm, feeling that the Lord has called them and the two others, participated in the meeting by Skype.
It was an unforgettable encounter, where everyone was open to hear the experiences related by the other. We were amazed to hear how the Lord calls when He wants and in the most amazing and unimaginable ways! Some expressed, with tears, the emotion of being “chosen”. Others – like one of the Cabrini High School students – shared joyfully how during the Open House held by the High School that when she entered the room of Mother Cabrini [which is in the Esplanade Building of the High School], that she felt that she wanted to study at CHS and wanted to give her whole life to the service of immigrants. We cried, we laughed, we ate, we shared … And at the end of our meeting we hugged each other, promising to continue to pray for our vocations!
There is definitely an awakening of young religious vocations in women in New Orleans, and although, currently, most young people who become priests or religious are typically in their thirties or older, it is likely that the roots of these [budding] vocations were established in their teens or even earlier. So we believe it is important to heed their concerns and provide support and accompaniment for these young women who dare to express what they feel their hearts.
May the Lord grant us many and holy vocations and that the garden that Mother Cabrini cultivated in the United States of America, continues to flourish, for us to continue being “Bearers of Christ in the world.” Please pray that we continue to “awaken the world” living our present with passion.