Minister’s Message for June 2018
Dearest brothers and sisters in Jesus, the Christ!
Let me thank you for your “yes” to our vocation and our Order. Many times, we forget to thank the people who are closest to us. In my case (as my children often remind me), I am the hardest on my family and the people closest to me. Perhaps it is because we are more comfortable being direct and honest with our families and close friends. Perhaps it is because we know that family and friends are more accepting and forgiving than strangers. OR…perhaps it is because we know our family and friends are “stuck with us”!
Next month, we will elect our new Fraternity council. We can call ourselves family—right? Of course we can! Are we not brothers and sisters? We are connected as brothers and sisters because we are all sons and daughters of our Creator. We are connected as brothers and sisters because we have been chosen to serve the Lord through our profession to the OFS. I invite you to think seriously and prayerfully about serving your brothers and sisters in the Fraternity by serving on the council. Please be open to where the Holy Spirit is leading you. A good way to do that is by attending the Celebration of the Rule Retreat on June 23 and the annual St. Anthony Picnic on June 24th. There, you will be renewed and confirmed so that you can truly live the treasure!
Thankfully–Your sister in Christ,
Iraela Garcia, OFS
Servant Minister, St Anthony Community, OFS