What have I been up to for the past year? Well, primarily a residency as a hospital chaplain. In the midst of that daily grind, however, I broke my ankle! It quickly got me signed up for a practicum in “observing health care” from the bed rather than from the bedside! When I was able to return to the residency it was with some added wisdom I had picked up along the way. There were many lessons in being patient and kind. I learned not to insist on my own way, and that it didn’t help to be irritable or resentful. I needed to find those things that helped me rejoice in the truth (and there were many). More than anything I learned that I needed to bear all things, to believe, to hope, and to endure all things - because even these will pass away. Hmm. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?! (This isn’t plagiarism, is it St. Paul?)
It was an amazing year – and this is an amazing retreat/vacation. Another amazing thing I learned: there are many moments each day for taking time! It’s an accessible contemplative discipline, and learning it simply takes practice.
Sr. Ruth Poochigian, O.P.