August 28

1875: Final vows of Mazzarello

Fourteen Sisters made their temporary profession and eight took their final vows after the investiture ceremony. The Sisters’ Chronological Memoirs tell us: “Mother Mazzarello is happy. She gave herself to God in perpetuity many years ago. Yet, by proclaiming this in the presence of the community, she feels as though the knot has been strengthened; the bond has been made more sacred; her consecration, more complete.” At the ens of the moving ceremony Don Bosco ended both the service and the retreat with one of his talks. He spoke of the great gift of peace, saying that one must first be at peace with oneself before one can live in peace with God and neighbour. (BM XI, 339)

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