I found the above quotation on the 2021 Ministry of Arts calendar published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of LaGrange. It intrigued me because it seemed to fit our situation these past months and days. That is why I base this reflection on the idea.

As part of the Ursuline community, I share the “nest” with other Ursulines of Cleveland. I have a responsibility to them and they to me. I am also part of other communities: that of the city, the county, the state, etc.

My nest contains unique eggs of different sizes, shapes, and colors. I appreciate the strength diversity lends to the nest as a whole. Too much sameness, in my experience, leads to stunting of ideas and growth.

These divergent gifts act as a safeguard against too much similarity in thought, which leads to stagnation in action. I need to remember this and promote an acceptance of this kind of thinking among the members of my nest. Hopefully, some of my thoughts may encourage others in my other communities to do likewise.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the author of these gifts, our Creator God. My environment (outdoors and indoors), human abilities of thinking and acting have their source with God.

Thank you, Creator God for your gifts of the nest that I share, the communities to which I belong, the similarities and diversity your wisdom ensured All are your in-breaking of love for me, humanity and the Earth.

May your presence be my peace that overflows.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Sister Carla Murar