|Patty and Donna (translator par excellent)|
In the past, I have worked with people who are deaf and I learned to look at them while a translator let shared the message. Here I find it hard to grasp the meaning without looking at the translator and know that means I miss a lot of the non-verbal communication. So I am trying to balance effectively focus on the message from the translator (usually Donna Cicalese from Philadelphia) while watching the speaker. I realize as I write this that it is harder than it sounds.
I often find myself saying words in French like pardon me or sorry or I don't understand...when I mean to say them in Spanish. I guess that is a good indication of what are the words I use in French the most- usually apologizing for not getting something right. However, I also find that I can engage in simple dialogue and am doing better during breaks and meals.
With all of these struggles, I am still finding ways to communicate in a meaningful way. Today, we have been discussing what indigenous people might have to teach us about mystical contact with God. I am grateful that I was able to share what native Hawaiians have shared with me.
|Srs. Peggy (Peru- Carondelet LA), Janet Lander (Concordia)|
and Alejandra (Mexico- Lyon)
Sisters have been noting that I am using some of the Mexican hot sauces, so today they showed me how to sprinke these local powders on fruit. It was really good and I was glad to be included in this activity during a break. They were surprised that I liked it.
The sharing during the meetings continue to be powerful. Today we focused on the Trinity in our mystical tradition. A phrase that was shared that really caught my imagination is that Trinity is pure relationship.
|Sitting is Raquel (Argentina), standing is Griselda (Mexico)|
and on the right is Gloria (Puerto Rico- Brentwood)