Week of June 16th – Transparency

“I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me . . .” Galatians 2:20.  These words of St. Paul, significant to our Congregation, are seen alive and active in the woman who washes the feet of Jesus with her hair.  She demonstrates a  great sense of self – awareness and a deep humility, indicating that she truly sees Jesus for who he is – she has identified with Christ.  She has nothing to hide and thus has a great transparency about her.

The scriptures invite us to a greater transparency – a reflection on who we are in the light of Christ and the deep humility that follows.

This week the Sisters had many experiences that have the gift of increasing our transparency:

The new food pantry in North Philadelphia was officially opened with a prayer, blessing, and several remarks from those who have coordinated and sponsored this new and very needed endeavor.  We celebrated with Sr. Kim who has been a primary coordinator of the pantry.

Sr. Kim at the Food Pantry Blessing
Sr. Kim at the Food Pantry Blessing

One of our Sisters graciously accepted her growing physical needs and transitioned to St. Joseph Manor where she can receive skilled care.We are grateful for all who have cared for her up to this point.

One of our Sisters, visiting from Germany, returned home on Wednesday.  Her visit here reminds us that we are part of a much bigger community and mission but the same Redeemer.

Farewell Sr. Monika!
Farewell Sr. Monika!

Sisters in Vocation and Formation Ministry engaged in a reflection day based upon the values of the Congregation from it’s earliest days and Foundress to their own personal values received from childhood.  It is these personal values that often draw us to a particular congregation – a place in which we feel at home.

Several women joined us this past weekend to participate in a retreat for Breast Cancer survivors.  Their presence and stories were a beautiful gift to all the Sisters.

Sr. Alphonse celebrated her birthday.  We are all grateful for her beautiful spirit of faith and simplicity.

We welcomed summer with a garden party on Friday evening and a farm market on Saturday morning.  The gift of nature has much to teach us about transparency and interdependence.

Garden Social
Garden Social

As this summer season begins may Christ become ever more visible in who you are and all you do.