WORDS OF THANKSGIVING OF OUR DEAR SISTERS HUONG, THUY AND NHI ON THERE FIRST RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
It is God’s choice. He calls upon whom He chooses. This is what we experienced during these years of our formation. That’s why, no matter how weak and unworthy we may feel, we cannot resist responding to His call… He chose us and endowed us with grace in our journey, clarifying and deepening our call to religious life. And indeed, His grace is sufficient. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for his boundless love and mercy… For consecrating us to the Church: God and neighbors.
And we are blessed and happy that you came to celebrate and witness our special day, our first profession of vows.
To our beloved families in Vietnam, our relatives and friends who are with us online, may our Loving God bless your generosity and love. We love you all. To our poster parents: “Tito Paul and Tita Cheng, Tito Deo and Tita Chona, Tito Along and Tita TinTin,” Thank you so much for your availability to accompany us today and for your constant support and generosity to our community. We are now your Spiritual daughters, rest assured of our incessant prayers for your families.
For our CMT family, we are very grateful for each one of you, for your care, love and for welcoming us to be part of this Congregation. To Sr. Teresa Vives, our Provincial Animator and her Council, thank you for accepting us…”muchas gracias Hermanas.” And of course, special thanks to our dear formators: Sr. Claire Sy, during our Aspirancy, Sr. Gloria Alonso, in the Postulancy and Sr. Chrezann Angulo, in the Novitiate. Sisters, thank you for bearing our naughtiness and for accompanying us on our journey, for listening and encouraging us especially in times of doubts and trials. Thank you for all that you have taught us, indeed, openness to the Holy Spirit, we were able to overcome our difficulties, we’re sustained and able to stand firm.
To Fr. Rey Sotelo, OCD and to our Carmelite priests and brothers in Carmel. We are grateful to each one of you. Big thanks to Fr. Rey for presiding over the Eucharist, for your prayers and inspiring homily. Maraming Salamat Po! To Fr. Edwin Panergo, our confessor and spiritual director, thanks for listening and encouraging us always. The wisdom you’ve shared and pieces of advice we’ve received are greatly appreciated. To Msgr. Domingo Edora, our beloved Lolo and other concelebrating priest, we sincerely thank you for your presence and prayers. May God continue to bless your priestly ministry.
To our precious staff of Sr. Teresa of Sto. Nino Center, you are a blessing to each one of us. Your dedication, service and commitment to the mission inspire us. Please do not get tired of serving, we really need you. Continue to be lovely and generous.
For our neighbors, thank you so much for coming and for joining us today. And to our dear sacristan and Teresa Mira choir. Thank you for assisting in the celebration. we are extremely proud of you. continue to serve others with your God-given talents.
The gift of of first profession is only a beginning of a long journey. Please continue to accompany and pray for us so that we may be faithful to our vocation and zealous for the mission that God will entrust to us. That we, like St. James, may be able to persevere and be ready to drink His cup. Thank you once again. God bless every one.