Holy Cross Sisters Isidora Dkhar, Shadkmenlang Kharsahnoh and Nobina Rangsa Marak made their perpetual profession of vows on April 17, 2021, at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Archbishop Victor Lyngdoh, DD, of the Archdiocese of Shillong presided over the liturgy and Sister Rose Mary Marngar, a councilor for the Area of Asia, received their vows. We rejoice with Sisters Isidora, Shadkmenlang and Nobina, who share their individual reflections on this blessed occasion.
Each time I think of my vocation, I think of the hope that I found in Christ alone, of the love Christ has for me unconditionally. In times of sorrow, I found his joy, which whispered in my heart. When I was in darkness, I saw the light of Christ. When my road was not clear, Jesus gave me the strength to face my uncertainty, showed me the way and encouraged me to keep on walking. He is always by my side and holding my hand. He never leaves me alone in any situation. Each time I thank God, I also thank the people whom I met on the way. They have helped me and shaped my life intellectually and emotionally. I am thankful for those moments and people. I find God in everything and in any situation, especially in times of decision-making. I heard the voice of the Lord in silence.
—Sister Isidora Dkhar, CSC
I come with heartfelt gratitude to God who chose me in Christ; he chose me while I was in my mother’s womb. My vocation is a reminder of God’s love for me. I believe God is always by my side, whispering and discerning with me. I believe our vocation in religious life purely comes from God, and it is entirely up to us to respond to it. I thank God who has called me. Though I am not good enough to be in his field, God, in his mercy and love, has chosen me to be a representative in his mission and invited me to be in his culture. I believe I am chosen and loved, called and vowed. I acknowledge that a vocation to be a Sister of the Holy Cross is my choice, extended to me by the grace of God. God is faithful, by him I am called “into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). I can be faithful because he has first vowed himself to us: “I will be with you always” (Matthew 28:20); “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). I know this mission will not be easy for me, but through God’s grace I will be able to do it.
—Sister Shadkmenlang Kharsahnoh, CSC
I thank Jesus Christ, who has given me strength and judges me faithful enough to call me to his service. He has shared with me his experience of the redeeming Father’s love. He wants me to pass on this experience to the people I encounter in day-to-day life. I entered my ministry because of God’s incarnate love and intimate love for me. I have experienced this call and choose to continue the work of Christ. Jesus chose and called me to be his disciple, and I responded to the call to be his follower. I experienced my vocation as truly coming from him. I believe that Jesus called me to build up the kingdom of God. I am privileged to spend my life in the same manner as Jesus, building God’s kingdom.
—Sister Nobina Rangsa Marak, CSC
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