Today marks one month since I moved into Mount Saint Benedict to begin my postulancy. What an amazing journey with this community so far!
Two days ago when I was reading the Gospel reflection from Notre Dame, I read these words about Jesus:
He knew that if his followers had to rely on others, they would come to rely on God.
After sharing this line with a few sisters, I had fruitful conversations about learning to trust and what it really means to rely on God. Jesus sends out his disciples to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God. He also calls them to take nothing with them for the journey. So, we are called to do the same. This is scary stuff! So far, for me, community makes it seem more possible. I have been so grateful for the love and support of the sisters in this community.
This morning I was absolutely peaceful and joyful during Morning Prayer, reflecting on these beautiful Benedictine women. Then, I read this line in the Psalms:
Happy are they who rely on God.
As I looked at all the sisters sitting around me in chapel, it just made sense.
And this morning, our community needed to rely on one another as there was a fire at our soup kitchen. Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage appears to be fairly contained. Please keep the community and especially those we serve there in your prayers. We need to rely on community in times like these, and you are part of our community, too.
Let us walk in the holy presence.