Monday, January 9, 2012

What Motivates You?

In the Constitution of The Sinsinawa Dominicans there is this passage noting among other responsibilities of our elected leadership this:

To help the members discover, appreciate, and deepen the fundamental gospel values which motivate them. (45)
Reflecting on these words speaking to our vowed life as Sisters I find a deep mutuality of our lives together.  The statement doesn't say "new members" - it says "members" - from First Profession to final breath.

It speaks of our lives personally and communally.  It contains clarity of where we look for our Dominican life - the Gospel of Christ.  The words express movement, growth and hope in the future.  They remind us of the relationship of leadership with the Sisters.

While it is directed to our leadership, we Sisters hear these words as profound reminders that our lives are for the sake of God's mission.

If I am motivated in any way, am I motivated from the context of these words.  If I find I am straying from fundamental gospel values, I have within community leadership and friendship among my Sisters support and guidance so that my heart finds its way back to these core values.

How do these words from our Constitution touch your heart?  What motivates you?

Roberta A. Popara, O.P.
North Palm Beach, FL

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