Week of April 7th – “Peace be with you.”

Jesus repeated the words, “Peace be with you.”  three times in Chapter 20 of John’s Gospel.

Here is an invitation to reflect on the times peace and the presence of God was experienced this past week.

The Sisters recall

A Mass of Remembrance on April 7th – Divine Mercy Sunday – for all the Sisters of the American Province that have gone before us.  Many were Sisters from Germany who faced many challenges and displayed great faith and trust in God’s great mercy by accepting the mission to travel to the United States to undertake new ministries with very few resources.  We trust that they now experience the peace of eternal life with Our Redeemer.

Mass of Remembrance
Mass of Remembrance

A previous Redeemer Ministry Corps member arrived from Germany for a surprise visit!  Iris lived in community with the Sisters and volunteered for a year serving the elderly residents at one of the Sisters’ long term care facilities.  It is always a gift to welcome again those who have been part of our life, community and ministry and to learn how God has been at work in their lives since.

The return of local 2nd Grade students to the school garden.  A very rainy day didn’t keep them away.  The students brightened the day by creating colorful labels for the seeds they will plant.

Row markers created by the school children
Row markers created by the school children

A wonderful official start to the community garden season with a week filled with planting seeds from carrots, lettuce and onions to beets and mustard greens.  Gardeners rejoiced at the first sight of pea seedlings breaking through the soil and the first rain after an unusually warm start to April.  Creation speaks of peace itself in the gradual gentle unfolding into Spring.

Sisters in formation and their directors attended a spirituality conference in which Br. Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales and gifted artist, gave one of the keynote presentations.  Over and over again he invited all present to go with the flow of life – to be open to discovering and being with God in the everyday ordinary events of life; to remember to lighten up and experience the peace the Spirit offers.  God offers peace and so often we are the ones who are hardest on ourselves.  At the end of this day the Sisters in formation celebrated with Sr. Katharina who is preparing for her Perpetual Profession of Vows.  It is a gift to witness God at work in one another.

May peace be with you as you go forward into this new week.