I recently attended the wake of a friend’s father, where I ran into several other friends whom I had not seen for a while. Laughing while swapping stories, one who knew I was newly professed said to another, ‘See, I told you she wouldn’t have changed”, to which I replied, “I might be a Sister but I’m still the same person!”
As I drove away from the funeral home, my response echoed rather hollowly in my heart, a sure sign that it wasn’t exactly the truth. Our essence is of God. That doesn’t change, yet there is no denying that how I am in the world now does look and feel different…much like a rose bud in the early morning differs from one in full bloom in the late afternoon sun. While each is still a rose, one is opened more fully to what it was meant to become.
Religious life is one of the many ways God might call a person to be in the world. Prayerful discernment of and responding to that call has opened my heart more fully and led to so many unexpected graces. I am still Kathy. But I am Kathy more fully opened.
How is God calling you? How will you respond?
Kathy Flynn, OP
Whitefish Bay, WI