July 24th dawned bright and beautiful as fourteen young women arrived at the Little Sisters of the Poor for “Fun in the Son,” a day of prayer, vocation discernment, and joy in the Lord. Holy Mass, talks by Fr. Hector Chiapa, and opportunities for Eucharistic adoration, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and service to the home’s elderly Residents were followed by a backyard barbeque with the Sisters. Our retreatants then enjoyed viewing a 5-minute TV news clip that highlighted newly professed Little Sisters of the Poor and new Little Sister novices candidly speaking of the joy of their vocation. On more than one occasion during the day, tears could be seen as our young women were visibly moved by the graces that God was working in their hearts.
After the closing Benediction, one sensed that the young women were in no hurry to depart this “holy ground” as they lingered to share the blessings of the day. May this experience with the Lord, with our Little Sisters and residents, and with one another empower them to embrace with great love, generosity, and joy the vocation to which God is calling each of them!