A long-awaited walk with one of my community members to the Lake this week gave me a glimpse of our slow-to-come season change. I saw one tiny bush with buds and these tiny, daring crocuses. Despite the fact that all this was seen wearing a heavy jacket and scarf, I was filled with hope and courage. Warmth, birds chirping, green and flowers…it is not far off.
Dominicans are called to be hopeful, especially in times of change. Saint Dominic founded our Order in the midst of what one would call today a HUGE paradigm shift. Change offers us an opportunity to grow and to widen our understanding of God and God’s mission.
Dominicans are also called to be itinerant companions, which means we spend ourselves in one place always ready and willing to be called somewhere else. Like these flowers, we bloom where we are planted, trusting that our lives will join with the whole ecosystem to bring God’s love to all.
Hoping, trusting, waiting, companioning, and seeing God in all…that is the Dominican way.
How about you? Where have you caught a glimpse of spring?
Peggy Ryan, OP
Whitefish Bay, WI