Posted August 16, 2021 in Articles
The message of St Teresa of Avila inspires us during the challenging and uncertain times we face to always put our faith in God. “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.” This last year was an unusual year for everyone with uncertainty being the most common response; yet our faith teaches us that God is always with us.
In this issue of the Ursuline Sisters News, we recognize the continued ministries of sisters who, in the midst of everything, were able to provide a spiritual presence and pastoral care for others through cards, phone calls and opportunities for prayer. All of this helped to strengthen the presence of a loving God in our lives and to share that presence with others as a part of our call as Christians.
We are delighted for our sisters who celebrate jubilee. Similar to Mary and St. Angela Merici who said “yes” to God without knowing the specifics of the future, we acknowledge their faithful response to a loving God through a deep personal relations with God that they freely share with others. While each life is a journey it is also a mystery that is to be lived every day by listening to the call of God and reaching out to others. We are grateful for the gift of their lives as Ursuline Sisters in service of the Church.
We read about the unexpected journey of a sister (Sister Lisa Marie Belz) who shares her ministry of an expanded international perspective by listening to where God has called her. The openness of heart to hear and answer the call is a reminder of the unknown circumstances of every life.
Certainly we can all identify ways that God has personally blessed us during this past year in our own growth and relationship to God. May we continue to move forward with our promise of prayers, cards or phone calls. Sharing our giftedness is a necessary dimension of our Christian calling.
God bless you on your journey.
Sister Diana Stano