Spirituality: Who We Are

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by Sister Mary Flick

Spirituality offers an individual a sense of connection to something bigger than oneself, and typically involves a search for meaning in life.

The spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph is a spirituality of relationship – a spirituality that is found in relationship with God through relationship with others. It flows out of the earliest teachings and writings of Jesuit Father Jean Pierre Medaille, who invited the first women to gather as a religious community in France in 1650. Fr. Medaille offered these women the images of the Trinity (Father, Son and Spirit) and the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) as the template of the spirituality they held in common. The persons of both the Trinity and the Holy Family – a “double trinity,” as he called it – are united by their intimate relationships of love with one another. I

Initially called the Congregation of the Great Love of God, the Sisters of St. Joseph were to live out their love of God through their love of the “dear neighbor” – a God who is found in relationship with the dear neighbor and with all of creation, a God who is found in all things.

It is this spirituality of relationship we seek to live today as we still “divide the city,” to spread out and do all we are capable of doing and to be all we are called to be for those we serve.

It is this spirituality of relationship that animates us to share our hearts with one another in community. It is this spirituality of relationship that impels us to reach out to others who are searching for God and who are seeking to live for God.

Join us in living a spirituality of relationship in our world today.