Monday, December 3, 2018

From 2018 to 2019 – Where are we going?

One of the Gospel images of Jesus I have when I read and ponder scripture is that of being on the move. He is moving towards people (crowds, followers, religious leaders & even the Romans), moving people away from false claims and ideologies, calling people to move (stand and take up your mat) and more.

In our time and place, trusting that Jesus travels with us, where are we going together?

This past year, I continued to travel with people who yearned to hear the voice of God in their lives, to make sense of sad events and who wondered if they were worthy of God’s love.  I traveled with my Dominican congregation as we continue to look to the future needs we have together.  And these travels have not ended.

I also met up with fellow travelers in the concluding days of their cross country mission to bring the truth of the work we have to do in this country to ensure all are able to not only survive but to thrive.  Nuns on the Bus  journeyed from California to my ‘neighborhood’ of Palm Beach County for their final events including a drive by Mar-a-Lago, symbol of unbridled wealth.  (The picture is of some Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa on the last day of this journey.)

Into the new year, we all carry with us the travels of the last year.  Where have you and Jesus traveled in 2018 and where do you think you both are going in 2019?

Roberta Popara, OP
North Palm Beach, FL

Monday, November 26, 2018

Meeting Jesus at the Intersection

Two and a half years ago while I was in parish ministry as the parish administrator of New Grant parish, after serving for four and a half years I felt that God was calling me out of that ministry to something new.  Keeping in mind I never wanted to be parish administrator in the first place. However, it was what God wanted for my life at that time.  I must say those four and a half years turned out to be the best years of my life! They were also the toughest years of my life!  However, the growth spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and relationally was amazing. I met some of the best people and they are still like my family up to today.
Coming to the end of my time in the parish and having announced it to them, I remember one young person asking me why I had to leave, since I was doing so much for him and the young people in the parish and environs.  I told him that I felt that God was calling me to something more. That “more” turned out to be much bigger than I expected, so much so when I was first asked to be chancellor of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, I said an equivocal “NO!”  However, again, God had other plans for me.
After my stint in the parish I became the Vicariate Catechetical Coordinator for 10 parishes, after merely two years of that I Knew I was at another intersection in my life. I knew I was being prepared for something big, however, my “big” was nowhere near God’s “BIG.”
Here I am today approximately three months as chancellor, a ministry I thought I could never like, not being the full-time administrative type.  However, so far, I am excited about this ministry and its possibilities to serve my diocese in numerous ways, not only administratively.  I wait with bated breath to see what the next few days, months and years will hold.  Knowing that I serve a God of the impossible.  I would have never envisioned myself where I am today, not in a million years. Religious life is surely never dull.
What new adventure may God be calling you to?
Lystra Long, OP
Trinidad & Tobago

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