Where Do Itinerants Call Home?
In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
These passages from John are particularly meaningful to me right now. Before entering religious life, I had basically lived in one place near my tight-knit family. In the last 2-1/2 years, I have moved six times… which means I’ve had to say my good-byes, but also my ‘hellos’, at least six times. As difficult as the good-byes are for me, (and they are very difficult,) I am always surprised at how quickly the next place becomes ‘home’. Yet the places and people I’ve lived with and loved along the way remain in the deepest part of me, too…..in one of those rooms.
I am beginning to understand in a much more profound way that God truly dwells in each of us, in the deepest part and in every space of our heart where true love resides. For me, with every move made, my understanding of ‘home’ is expanded. Rather than having me leave one home to move into another, God is building on, adding more rooms… for more people, for more experiences, for more of God’s love. Our Triune God is with me - with each of us - always. And for me, that’s home!
How about you? Where do you call home?
Sr. Kathy Flynn