It is National Vocation Awareness Week. Throughout the week our students will be praying for priests, religious, consecrated men and women, and seminarians throughout the world. We thank our own priests and consecrated women for their “yes” to God. In honor of the occasion, we remember Miss Gaby Ruiloba’s final vows less than a month ago.
On Saturday, October 13 Everest formation instructor Miss Gaby Ruiloba made her final vows as a consecrated woman in Regnum Christi. A vow is a deliberate and free promise made to God by reason of the virtue of religion. When a person professes final vows, they say the same vows they once professed, but now they include the word “forever”, making it a life-long commitment to serve God and others in a particular spiritual family.
Miss Gaby made her first vows nine years ago, on August 15, 2009. The path of discernment established in for the consecrated women of Regnum Christi is a two-year period of discernment in the candidacy before they make their first temporary vows. They then renew their vows once more before professing final vows. This gives a person, as is normal in the Church, enough time to discern and see before God if he or she is really called to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience in a particular group. The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi have the tradition of receiving a ring during the final vow ceremony, a sign of the eternal covenant between God and humanity, and of the spousal union with God to which the soul aspires for eternity.
Miss Gaby shared her reflections from this special day, “The day of my final vows was a beautiful experience for me. It was a day full of gratitude to God for the gift of family: for my family who came to visit, but also for the family of the Church, Regnum Christi family, and the Everest family; all of them present during that day. As I was promising God to belong to Him forever, He was also giving himself to me as He has done every single day; in the Eucharist and through the love of those around me. Thank you to everyone for your prayers!”
Click on the video below for highlights from Miss Gaby’s profession of vows.