Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Blessing of Religious Life......Friendships

As I write this blog I am enjoying the beautiful sunshine (and later heat) of a Kentucky morning.  How good God is to give us the seasons to enjoy.  As in our lifetime we also enjoy seasons.  One of the great blessings of religious life is the friendships we develop throughout our lives as sisters to one another. 

About two weeks ago I traveled to the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, WI, for the wake and funeral of a dear friend, Sister Jeanne.  I had lived with Sister Jeanne twice and also ministered near her in the South for many years.  She was a person who was not afraid to venture into new territory.  She was the first parish administrator in the Diocese of Memphis, TN, and dedicated to her ministry.  Jeanne was a great cook, had a wonderful sense of humor and always took her commitment to community seriously.  Although not well for a long time she was brave and positive about life.

My companion on this journey to wish Jeanne farewell was my friend, Mary.  Mary will be starting her life as a religious this summer in a community in Spain.  What season are you in in your life?  Is God calling you to Sisterhood?  Think about it.  God bless!

Georgia Acker, OP 
Bowling Green, KY

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