A seminar was held on Saturday 14 November in St Catherine’s, Dunardagh on ‘The Vows of the Daughters of Charity’. The day was facilitated by Fr Eamon Devlin CM.
More than 80 sisters gathered for this one day seminar and there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the day. We gathered to begin our day with a short reflective morning prayer which invited us to celebrate our call to be Daughters of Charity.
Fr Eamon began by returning to our origins and reminded us that the first sisters gathered as a result of the service of others in which they were involved. The purpose of our Company is given to God for service of those who are poor. That it is the service of other people that is the purpose and end for which we were founded.
The following are other gems that Fr Eamon gave us on the day:
“For daughters of Charity vows are a means to an end.”
“Annual vows allow us as Daughters of Charity to begin anew and freely to recommitment ourselves.”
“Spirituality of those who are poor is my spirituality.”
“The vows are not the same each year because I am not the same – I am a work in progress.”
“A sister is the pendulum from prayer to action – from the broken Body of Christ to the Broken Body of those who are poor.”
“The language of Baptism is the language of consecration.”
“Chastity challenges us to own the loneliness of our lives.”
“Obedience nourishes the mind and the body.”
“Obedience is listening to the real me and what is my deepest desire.”
“Poverty is HOW I give.”
“Who I am is all I need.”
“Obedience is eavesdropping into the conversation between God, those who are poor and myself.”
Fr Eamon left us with some questions to reflect upon in these last months of The Year of Consecrated Life:
What is Christ and those who are poor really saying to me?
Do my vows enrich my service?
Do my vows make a difference in my life of service?
What would it be like if I did what I say I’ll do when I renew my vows?
We concluded the day with the celebration of the Eucharist and gave thanks for the gift of our Baptism and for our vocation as Daughters of Charity.
CDs of the two talks given on the day by Fr Eamon are available from St Catherine’s, Dunardagh.