FEAST OF GRATITUDE—26 April 2013
Together in faith towards fullness of life
South Pacific Region Province (SPR)
Community of Scoresby, Australia
SEED OF FAITH SOWN IN YOUR SOIL YESTERDAY
My mother taught us to say this night prayer: God bless mummy and daddy, Helen, Maureen and Barbara, and make them grow good, strong girls.
She took us to Sunday Mass and told us stories of how she went to morning Mass before school when she was young. We also sometimes went to morning Mass before school. Reconciliation and Eucharist helped me through my teenage years and a study of the liturgy of the Eucharist as a Sister deepened my faith in the real presence of Jesus there.
CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTER IN LIVING THE FAITH IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE MISSION TODAY
Watching too much television at night was damaging my faith life as it was very hard to focus my mind on Jesus when making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament before bed. I was losing my taste for prayer so I had to reduce my TV time and try to spend more time with the Lord in chapel.
I struggle with judgmental and negative thoughts about my sisters and to respond without anger to criticism or hurtful remarks. I need to realize that praise makes me no better and blame no worse than I am, because I am what I am in front of God.
In my ministry in the Archives office I struggle to do my duty at the right time and place and solely for the love of God.
In the mission I lack the courage to speak to the girls about their revealing necklines and inappropriate dress.
NEW WAYS FOR EVANGELIZATION TOMORROW
We need to spend more time among the young, learn to understand them, what they are passionate about and their language and have a positive and hopeful attitude towards them. Pope Francis I is a great example for us.
Other new ways for older Sisters to evangelise would be through our website, having a blog or similar with Christian living input, and being a supportive friend and resource person for the parish youth leadership team.
Sr Maureen Irvine SPR