Where Life and Faith Intersects

Being in the hope business can be both life giving and downright frustrating at times.  One would think that managing a small country parish would seem less difficult than being in a large city one.  However, this is not true, because people are people no matter where they are and they deal with similar issues on a regular basis.

Being a religious sister and a parish administrator daily, means that I am called upon to continuously share hope with the people who are minister with.  It means always being open, compassionate and a good listener.  I must confess that I am not always these things.  Parish ministry calls me to be continuously stretched and challenged to grow into my best self, something I know would not have been possible if I was not a Dominican of Sinsinawa sister.

On a regular basis I share in the life of my parishioners who share their joys, griefs, hopes, dreams and failures.  They tell me about the abusive husband, the unmanageable children, their pain at not being able to receive Eucharist because of either being divorce or in a long term living relationship unwed.  

My ministry calls me to encounter each one on an individual basis and give them hope.  I am honored by their willingness to trust in me.  I carry them all in my heart and in my prayers; I also rely on the prayers of my sisters.

Is your ministry/job life giving?  If not what can you do to make it more life giving?

Lystra Long, OP
New Grant, Trinidad


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