Farewell to this Novitiate Year - Submitted by Patty Johnson, CSJ
For the closing ceremony of the novitiate, the novices demonstrated their integration of the year through a moving prayer service where they shared what they had learned through each aspect of their time together.
|Mary Anne Larocque - top right|
To be united with one another is what God asks of each of us through heart, body and soul.
To be united like a chain where there is no broken links.
A chain that is as long or as short as you wish.
This chain must reach out to all God’s people not just those close to us.
Yes, this chain may get heavy, but if each person in the chain reaches out as
God asks we will not notice the weight but we will notice the
LOVE and CARE for fellow human beings.
Where are we united?
Sister Donna Smith lends a hand during the weekend
decorating the Concordia Motherhouse in November 2015.
Does this chain stop at us or can we build on it with all our Hearts, Bodies and Souls?
Can we be that chain of Unity that God asks us to be?
So as we stand here today before you I can surely say:
As Sisters of St Joseph the answer to these questions can be answered differently on a daily basis, but we can always answer yes to that final question.