Consecrated virginity partakes of the union between Christ and His Bride the Church. It is the positive, eager commitment of the whole self to the Divine Bridegroom. That is why the Church’s ancient ceremonial for the consecration of virgins, which is still used today, has for its climax the placing of a wedding ring on the finger of the newly-professed nun.
The Poor Clare nun makes the radical choice of following Christ unto the folly of the cross, living with Christ His Passion for the salvation of others. This relationship with her Lord and Bridegroom is the only program of her life.
She is wedded to God. A Poor Clare’s Divine Spouse has a Heart of infinite Love, and her own capacity for love will go on increasing as she grows in union with Him.
“Receive this ring that marks your sacred marriage with Christ.”