“The search – for self, for wisdom, for love, for truth, for justice, for God – is strenuous and unending. We need good companions in order to persevere in it. In good company, in a community of conviction, the quest never loses its relevance, its urgency or its savor.” - Kay Ashe, OP
These words by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Kay Ashe have been a source of much reflection for me lately as I continue through my candidacy year. I find myself surrounded with “good companions” with whom I share not only vespers and meals, chores and groceries, cars and bank accounts, but also deeply challenging and deeply beautiful moments.
As someone who works directly with immigrant children, the national news has been deeply disturbing. On a personal level, I have grieved some losses of loved ones in past months. In the midst of this, life in community has been a source of genuine support, encouragement and growth.
“We have all known the long loneliness and the answer is community,” wrote Servant of God Dorothy Day. Her words resonate as I reflect on how community makes me more aware that I am both broken and blessed, and that life is infinitely richer when it is lived in common.
To what communities do you belong? How does community reveal your own blessedness and brokenness?