In the first reading from Zechariah this past Sunday the Lord promises to pour out a spirit of grace and petition.
This past week gave us as the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer an opportunity to experience what this promise means in our lives.
A good friend of the Sisters visited to share her ministry experience in Peru. Her photos depicted scenes of extreme poverty yet beautiful faces of the people who also have a spirit of joy in the midst of their struggle. At the conclusion of her presentation we were brought to prayer for the conditions of so many people whose needs go unknown to us. We now know more about the people of Peru. We were given this grace that moved us to petition.
The Sister serving as the vocation director participated in a vocation awareness day for middle school age girls at the nearby seminary last week. The day included prayer, creative activities, speakers, recreation and team building, and Mass all focused on the gift of God’s unique call to each person. What a grace to witness these young girls share their faith and their openness to learning more about God’s invitation in their lives.
The next day a group of high school age girls and Sisters from a neighboring congregation visited the Provinicialate for a morning of service in our Community Garden. In a short time they harvested enough produce to provide food for at least 8 families. It was a grace to have their enthusiastic presence and their helping hands in the garden!
The Sisters gathered for their monthly meeting for a presentation on the tragic reality of human trafficking. This is a reality that we cannot ignore for there are lives at stake. This was an evening of petition for those who have no voice to protect themselves.
We also had a birthday celebration for a dear friend and volunteer. It is always a grace to experience how the life of one person touches so many. And the ice cream sundaes were a hit too!
We have a God who gives us abundant grace and who receives our many petitions. We have a God who is present to us in joy and need. What have been your experiences of grace and petition?