By Emily Thome
“I wasn’t born in this habit… I was a girl just like you,” Sr. Clare Matthiass, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, told a crowd of 250 at a Mother Daughter Luncheon hosted Sunday, Dec. 3, by Fiat Ministries and the St. Peter’s group of Little Flowers. It was held at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Schulte.
Sr. Clare spoke briefly about her personal vocation story, but focused mainly on encouraging the young girls to seek out God’s will for their lives. She said that when she turned 18 she learned a “secret” that she shared with the crowd. “God has a plan for you… before you were born He dreamed a dream of what your life would be like. And, it is beautiful. And, it is good.”
She also highlighted the relevance of consecrated life. “Consecrated life is a sign of Christ’s poverty, chastity, and obedience in a world in so desperate need of that witness today,” she said adding that in a society where so many feel alone and unwanted, sisters “accompany people throughout all stages of their lives… there is never an unwanted or unloved person when a sister is around.”
After her talk, the attendees watched a short video about the beauty of consecrated life, “For Love Alone,” which covered the lives and charisms of 16 different religious communities. That was followed by a panel discussion of two Immaculate Heart of Mary and two Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal sisters who candidly answered questions about what it is like to be a religious sister.
Thome is a member of St. John Parish, Clonmel.