My personal commitment
Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers of the Extended Holy Cross Family,
I invite you to taste a little of what I lived, together with those of the entire community gathered in Lima, Peru, on this great day of celebration of my first profession in the Congregation:
After three years of formative process, seeking to deepen my relationship with God, listening to what God wants from me, I am convinced that God is present everywhere, in each and every one of us. It is with a vision of faith that we must know how to discover God and to announce God.
I have experienced a God who is friend and brother, close to the poorest among us; a God who sees, who listens and who wants fullness of life for all. It is the God of Jesus Christ.
By the profession of my vows, I pledge to contemplate our reality in the light of the Gospel and to go “meet the other” day after day.
God is compassionate and merciful. Through my behavior, I want to announce this good news of hope to those who have grown accustomed to hearing and experiencing only bad news.
In a society so diverse, I feel called to live an intercultural reality so as to live more human and fraternal relations. And I want to do this with others, in interdependence.
I want my life to be given for humanity. I ask the Lord who seduced me to help me to be faithful in prayer so as to persevere in my commitment.
I invite you to taste a little of what I lived, together with those of the entire community gathered in Lima, Peru, on this great day of celebration of my first profession in the Congregation.
Acknowledgments after the vows
You have been present with me throughout this formation journey. You have accompanied me in various ways right up to December 13, 2018, the day when I pronounced my "yes" to God in Holy Cross.
I wanted to express my gratitude with great joy. Your prayers, your phone calls, your emails caused me much joy and encouraged me in the gift of my life.
I give thanks to God for each one of you, our elders, for your *"yes" to God. The testimony of your life drew me to Holy Cross. This path continues now in the mission; I recommend myself to your fraternal support and your prayers for its fruitfulness.
Thank you to all of you. Happy New Year 2019.
Thérèse Dembélé, CSC
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