Bicentennial Reflections for 2012
This Bicentennial year of celebration can be a time of renewal for us and can provide us with an opportunity to share the “fifth Gospel” of our lives with each other. We invite you to share a personal story/thought/reflection/poem/drawing/other that speaks to you of the meaning of our Bicentennial theme, “Celebrating our Journey of Faith.” These will be published in a Bicentennial Newsline as we receive them. Please send your personal story/thought/ reflection/poem/drawing/other to Jackie Smith at email@example.com.
This week’s Bicentennial Reflection comes from Barbara Peterson, SCN:
The Charity of Christ Impels Us
Recently a young woman told me why she had loved the Sisters of Charity since childhood. Her mother was pregnant, poor, and married to an abuser. An SCN had sensed the struggle of the mother and her 4 year old daughter. Sister suggested that the mother bring her daughter to the nearby boarding school, and that the sisters would take care of the little one. The young child came and she would sit in the first grade classroom until she was tired. She would then go to the kitchen and the sister in charge would push two chairs together so the child could take a nap. Later in life the girl chose Nazareth for her college education. Today she works with undeveloped children responding to the charity that impels her in daily life.
Barbara Peterson, SCN