“The Blessed Virgin Mary – consecrated totally by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, completely obedient to the Father, fully devoted to the Son – is, for the Church, the sublime example of perfect consecration” (Religious Consecration, A Theological Investigation). In imitation of Mary, we strive for a similar total giving of ourselves.
The Perpetually Professed Sister - Perpetual profession, like marriage, is a sign of the unbreakable union between Christ and His bride, the Church. In the profoundly ecclesial act of perpetual profession, the Sister consecrates herself to Christ in a solemn, public ceremony, since it is the sign of the indissoluble union of Christ with the Church, His spouse. Perpetual profession, which is an act of religion, is the culmination of the gift of total consecration to God, Who alone is worthy of such a gift of self.