Coming to Know Who God Made Me to Be

In the book In Our Own Words, Desire Findlay reminds us that taking on community values is only part of formation. The other part is becoming one’s self within the community. Knowing how to be ourselves as a sister, as a Franciscan, as a member of this community or province. We let go of parts of ourselves and discover other parts. It is not okay to become someone else. God created us to be who we are. Our journey into community, and in formation, is to discern whether being a part of this community is who God created us to be, does it allow us to flourish, to set down roots, to grow and blossom and bear fruit. And how does being in community facilitate our growth into our truest selves, our truest image of the God of Love? This is the journey of formation, a life-long journey of giving and receiving.

Sisters

If you haven’t seen it, take some time to share the lives of five sisters – none of them are Sisters of St. Joseph, but they are all amazing women, living the gospel simply, radically, quietly. Today we see more and more that as Franciscans and Mercies and Dominicans and St. Joseph, we are all sisters, part of a larger sisterhood of Jesus Christ. It’s about an hour. Enjoy! #csjlife

Advent Discernment

Related imageWe are well in to our Advent journey, and it a great space for discernment. I would like to suggest four themes that guide me on my discernment journey.
Darkness – In our discernment, we may be in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. In Advent we sit with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
Annunciation – God brings a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. May we find this in our lives.
Preparation – People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
Nativity – God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every discernment becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
Blessings on your Advent journey and on your discernment.
Peace,
Sr. Amy

Convent Camino

Religious communities are working a two-day vocation tour, the novely named “Convent Camino” on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15. Over 24 hours, interested women will explore how religious sisters live, pray and serve in St. Louis. The convent camino includes stops at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the School Sisters of Notre Dame among others. And many area sisters will participate.

The sisters appropriated the term from “Camino de Campostello” and adopted the social-networking and traveling aspects, and the journey of discovery and discernment. Interested women explore multiple communities instead of just one on an individual order’s come-and-see weekend.

With an event like this, you’ll get a bigger group, which is nice for the discerners. They can go around with other women kind of thinking like they’re thinking and build some relationships and support networks as well.

See more at: https://goo.gl/eLJ1ck

My Deepest Truth

There is a quote that is making its round on the internet these days:

Vocation means fulfilling the original self-hood given me at birth by God
Thomas Merton

So true! Vocation can seem to be a new path and a grand adventure. Yet at the same time, it is a matter of discovering my own deepest truth, it is discovering a new and delightful aspect of what God has made me to be. And this never grows old. It is sometime that I can marvel at today, after decades in religious life, just like I could marvel at it in the heady wonder when I first sensed the call. Again today, I whisper: “Amen!”

–Amy