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Profession Day 2005 at Tudella, Sri Lanka

12/03/2005: Sri Lanka

Here I Am, Lord. What is the significance of this statement to all of us? In my understanding, it brings two people together: one who calls and the other who responds. We proclaim this statement in our lives when we really listen to God’s call and respond, like Samuel, Here I am, Lord. Speak, your servant is listening. We make sure we really hear God’s voice and then make a free and voluntary commitment to God and to his people.
February 19th 2005 saw the first profession of Brother Arun Frank from India in the Tudella novitiate, Sri Lanka. It was a wonderful event for us all when he professed his vows in the presence of Father Cyriac CMF, Br Michael de Waas (Provincial, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) and Br Lazar (Sector Superior, India). Br Nicholas Fernando, Visitor for the India Sector, received Frank’s vows. Marist Brothers gathered from all over the island and many faithful were also present for the ceremony.
The ceremony began with a traditional Indian arathi greeting of the priest and people and the mass that followed was simple but solemn. An inspiring homily from Fr Cyriac and, of course, Frank’s profession of vows were the centrepieces. Afterwards, those attending shared some simple refreshments and fellowship before returning home. Frank himself left early the next morning to return to his Brothers and family in India.
With my little understanding, Frank professed through his vows how he intends to live his life. By vowing chastity, he seeks to be faithful like Christ and for Christ, and to be pure in body, mind and spirit. By vowing poverty, he seeks to be in solidarity with the poor and to have the experience of a poor man’s life. In living his life with a minimum of resources he seeks to experience the simple life of Jesus of Nazareth. By vowing obedience, he seeks to follow Mary, our Good Mother in her great obedience to God, the source of all power and authority.

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