This week began with Jesus’ prayer over his Disciples that “they may all be one” and not just them but all who would believe.
How was the experience of unity experienced this week with the Sisters?
On Mother’s day a local community of Sisters shared during evening prayer about the gift of their mothers – living and deceased. This is a day that unites families to celebrate motherhood. While Sisters are not biological mothers we are called to be nurturing, compassionate, and generous in our service. So often it is our own mothers who inspired us and who were our earliest examples of love, faith and service.
On Wednesday evening the Sisters gathered to participate in a reflection and presentation by a Norbertine priest about the Liturgy of the Hours – our daily communal prayer. While we prayer with the Liturgy of the Hours twice daily there is always so much more to learn and appreciate about the history, ritual, and richness of the prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours is also known as the prayer of the Church and unites Catholics all over the world: priests, Religious, laity.
Unity with creation and others was experienced through a variety of events this past week. The beauty of the growing garden, newborn baby robins, release of lady bugs in the garden, a Farm Market and Plant Sale at a couple of the Sisters’ Ministries, the participation of high school students in planting activities, and sharing stories and work in the community garden.
The week concluded with the arrival of Redeemer Ministry Corps Alumni for a weekend retreat to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the RMC program – a year-long volunteer service program with the Sisters. This weekend brought together individuals from all generations to share on a common experience – what unity!
May you be blessed in your daily life with a sense of unity with those you live and work with, and the creation which surrounds you.