Everything in life has a purpose and each of us experiences God in a unique way. In fact, my calling was quite a big surprise. It had never crossed my mind, not even in the family had we ever talked about this form of life. Since my father was a Muslim, none of us were baptized, even though our mother was Catholic. I came to Cyprus for work and to be with my mother. I never imagined that this was only the beginning of the transformation of my life and above all the beginning of my "calling".
I questioned the purpose of my life after I was baptized, right here in Cyprus. The intense experience of love leads to an intense response to love. I felt very powerful in me the love of God and the blessings overflowed. I immediately responded to this love and my life changed quickly. The sentiments of love at first sight changing one's outlook on life.
On the solemn feast of the Guardian Angels, October 2, 2022, my Perpetual Profession took place in Limassol, Cyprus. The celebration began with a brief introduction on the FMSC Congregation followed by the entrance hymn: "Beautiful angel, my guardian, so meek, guide me tenderly, because I am your daughter".
With the Rite of Religious Profession, I was called by name in front of the entire assembly present: a multi-ethnic Church full of faces and customs. During the homily, the celebrant, His Excellency Mons. George Panamthundil, Chargé d'affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature in Cyprus, described what a religious vocation is.
It is God himself who falls in love with the individual and the response to this love is poverty, obedience and chastity.
Poverty is an expression of faith, willingness to abandon everything and follow the Lord everywhere. Obedience is being humble in order to submit to God's will in order to be happy. Chastity is taking up the Cross and following Jesus.
One of the most moving moments was when, while singing the Litany of the Saints, I prostrated myself in front of the altar. As if all the angels and saints sang and prayed together with the assembly. With firm faith and sure will, I made a vow to God in the hands of Sister Antonia Piripitsi, Provincial Superior, delegate of the Superior General Sr. Paola Dotto and in the presence of all. After I signed the formula of vows, the celebrant handed me the Cross and the Bible. I had everything! At the moment of the announcement of my permanent membership in the Congregation by the Provincial Superior, I could not hold back the tears of the immense joy that invaded me. The Holy Mass concluded with the hymn of the Magnificat: “All that I am sings to God who gives birth to new life in me. My spirit flies on the wings of my Lord ... "
I would like to sincerely thank my friends who have come from Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol. The Church was full of beautiful people, smiling young people and many faithful who accompanied me in this significant moment. My sincere thanks go to all the religious who participated in it, to Father Ibrahim Khita and to the Maronite community. I thank the priests of the parish of Saint Catherine, Father Lorence Koblavie and Father Peter Ashton. My gratitude to His Excellency Mons. George Panamthundil for the Eucharistic Celebration. It is an honor and a privilege for me to share with you the infinite joy of my Perpetual Profession.
I extend my gratitude to our Congregation, to the Superior General Sr. Paola Dotto and to the sisters of the General Council. I am grateful to the sisters from the various Provinces, to the Provincial Superior Sr. Antonia Piripitsi and to all the sisters of our Province of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. I would like to thank all the formation houses in which I have lived and all the sisters who have been with me during the journey of formation. I also thank my spiritual mothers and fathers and all my formators. You are all a gift from God to me!
I thank my native family for their love and support. Even though my parents and grandparents weren't physically present, I know that, from heaven, they were celebrating and glorifying God.
O Lord, Almighty God, I thank you for the gift of life, for baptism and for the special calling. You are the reason for my happiness because nothing else can fill my soul like You. I will love you, glorify you and praise you always, Lord Jesus Christ. Your grace is enough for me!
Sister Jaida Gustaham of the Infant Jesus