This is a tribute to my wonderful Catholic Christian religious Sisters in the world who give their entire life to Christ and who “bear fruit that will last.” Shout out to Sister Tracey and the Daughters of St. Paul!
Jesus Christ said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.” [Gospel of John, 15:16-17, RSV Holy Bible]
The following is from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah chapter 54, RSV Holy Bible:
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in travail!
For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; hold not back, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your descendants will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the LORD has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.
For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the LORD, your Redeemer.”