May your journey through the universal questions of life bring you to a new moment of awareness.
May it be an enlightening one.
May you find embedded in the past, like all the students of life before you, the answers you are seeking now.
May they awaken that in you which is deeper than fact, truer than fiction, full of faith.
May you come to know that in every human event is a particle of the Divine to which we turn for meaning here, to which we tend for fullness of life hereafter.
Photos by me
Words by Sister Joan D. Chittister, Benedictine Sister of Erie, from Welcome to the Wisdom of the World
I came across Sister Joan's words recently while rambling around online. They speak to me in the place where I am right now in my journey. Discerning where God is calling me to be...opening myself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the midst of a process that does not yet feel as Spirit led as I anticipated. In many ways, I feel like my true discernment has taken place, and continues to take place, outside of my formal Discernment Process.
Surrounded by mystery and grace...enlightened by moments of deep awareness...filled with the power and presence of God...I take deep breaths and pray. I seek answers and understanding...and move forward in my hopeful journey to ministry.
And I thank God for my very dear friend Valerie, with whom I can have deep and challenging conversations about our shared faith that go beyond the (so far limited) discussions within the formal process. Our friendship is itself a particle of the Divine. My heart sings with joy and gratitude for this amazing blessing in my life!