Monday, June 23, 2008

Life gives us brief moments with another...
but sometimes in those brief moments
we get memories that last a life time.
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As promised, I'm posting yet again. This time, I have a few pictures to share with you about the weekend. 

[Disclaimer... This post has changed several times in the past 24 hours. I couldn't get the pictures to come out the way I pictured them. So, I uploaded them into a photo album through Picasa.]



Celebration of First Vows


I have to admit... I haven't taken the time to sit and truly reflect on what this past weekend (and the weeks immediately preceding) have meant to me. My "practical" side has been in high gear in since Thursday. I say this because once I've had the time to reflect and pray about what these days have meant, I will most likely post again!

The Night Before: The Trahan Family meets the Sister...

First Profession of Vows - Liturgy

Because I've been in a number of choirs, I know some pretty awesome singers & musicians... and most of them were able to be a part of the choir. They were REALLY good! There were 3 prelude songs by very important people in my life. My sister, Grace, sang the Ave Maria and gave the whole congregation chills...

Reception:

We decided to keep the reception somewhat informal... it was finger foods, a cake, and beverages.

The quote on the cake, "Do whatever he tells you" is a very important quote in the Marianist world. It is our motto, of sorts. As Marianists we vow to serve the world's needs in whatever way God leads us to serve.

What's not pictured here is that on Sunday morning we had a Sunday liturgy in our Sisters' chapel. My family who were still in town and a few friends were able to stick around were present. That liturgy was followed by a very festive (and tasty!) brunch. Then... my sister, Grace and I took her two children to a water park in New Braunfels.

Monday morning I took the last group of people to the airport...

So, now here I sit. I'm left to ponder, like Mary, the meaning of these things in my heart. And believe me, there is much to ponder! Not only was the first profession this weekend, but two weeks ago I was on a FABULOUS retreat and last week our sisters had our Assembly gathering (which was also WONDERFUL!).

I will leave you now... there is much more to say, but the pondering needs to come first.

Many blessings to all who read this!
Sr. N

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Dear Nicole, heartfelt congratulations to you on your first profession! I am happy for you and accompanied you in prayer and thought. May you find deepest joy as you, like Mary, "treasure these things in your heart" and may the memories and reflections leave a lasting imprint on your being as you journey forward to "do whatever He tells you" in love.

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

Congratulations...sounds like a beautiful liturgy and celebration in general. May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand as your journey forward and hold all these treasures in your heart! :)

seeking_something said...

Congrats. and thanks for sharing.

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