Week of September 1st – The Labor of Love

“Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14

The week began with the advice to live humbly – a stance of knowing we are loved by God for who we are in all our weakness and goodness; being grounded in the reality of our humanness.   Perhaps it can be described in the words of Thea Bowman – “knowing who we are and whose we are.”

Only with this sense of humility we can reach out in genuine, authentic love.

This week the Sisters experienced humility and love

as we joined together in community to commemorate Labor Day with Mass and a meal – taking a day to rest from our ministries, to be thankful for the ability to share Jesus with our hands, feet, ears and heart in ministry.

as we welcomed home one of our Sisters who was away in Germany for over a month.  How good to see a loved one return safely.

as we accompanied one of our members through the experience of surgery and recovery – an experience our core values of prayerfulness, healing presence and redemptive suffering in action.

as we gratefully received donations of supplies for the community garden – we experienced the love and humility of generosity.

as we accompanied a family as they said goodbye to their mother and grandmother at her funeral held at the Provincialate of the Sisters.  And as we said farewell to this faithful women who was so generous with her time as friend to the Sisters and translator of pieces of our German history.Picture1

as we ended the week observing a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world.  During adoration in the evening we sat before the Lord who looks upon us and all the people in the world with love and compassion.

May you experience the freedom to love that comes with the humble awareness of ” who you are and whose you are” this week.