This has been an unusual and interesting week.  I was called upon by two acquaintances to accompany them to pre-op, surgery and post op appointments, tasks usually taken care of by family members. I have spent quite a bit of time in hospital or surgical waiting rooms.  It’s been a special time to read and reflect.  It also caused me to remember similar events when I was a younger sister.  One woman invited me to be her labor companion.  Unfortunately, I was getting ready to leave town, and so my ministry partner enjoyed that privilege.  Another time, I drove a neighbor to the hospital and sat with her as she filled out the registration form.  “Who should we call in case of an emergency?” She put down MY name. “What is your relationship?”  “Sister” she stated.   Those events confirm me in my call to be a religious sister.  By saying yes to the call to be a Dominican sister, I have indeed become sister to many.
How are you being called? I give thanks for having been called Sister.  Give thanks for how God is calling you.
Joan Duerst OP
Madison Wisconsin 


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