Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our Legacy

Within the last couple of weeks, several events have occurred which have led me to reflect upon our legacy as Dominican sisters of Sinsinawa. 

Recently, we received Vatican approval of the changes in our Constitution.  The last couple of days, we have been working with the text to make it printer-ready.  During this process of re-reading this text which defines our lives and includes our act of profession, I became acutely aware of the many, many women who have prayed over, studied, written, and lived into the reality the text of this current Constitution which governs our lives.  The Constitution is a legacy of our lives, past and present.

This past weekend, we celebrated the Diamond Jubilees of our sisters who made profession according to our Constitution 60, 70, or 75 years ago.  Both the liturgical celebrations and the parties were filled with joy, hope, and tears.  The Necrology, the naming of those sisters in those crowds who have gone before us, was especially moving for me.  This group of Jubilarians chose a quotation from our founder, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, to grace their worship aides.

How delightful the prospect, to behold people all of one heart and one soul, loving one another, supporting one another, sharing readily the joys and sorrows of every neighbor, and walking hand in hand to heaven.

Is it any wonder that I could have fallen in love with a group of women with a legacy like this!

Are you aware of a legacy imparted to you?
Are you attracted to the legacy we have inherited?

Anne Sur, OP
East Dubuque, Illinois

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