Saturday, July 5, 2008

Three birthdays to celebrate...

There is so much to celebrate on the 4th of July. Certainly, the founding of our great nation takes precedence. There is no better day to remember who we are or who we can become again by grace. It is also our prioress’ birthday – quite the celebration in its own right. There is yet another layer of festivity beneath it all. July 4th is the day three Benedictine sisters arrived in New York harbor from Bavaria in 1852. Women have lived the monastic life here for 156 years – not quite as old as American, but certainly within the frontier days of the earliest German settlers.

I am still in awe of these brave women who left their monastery in Germany believing that they would never see home again. Their willingness to go where they were needed regardless of their love for their community astonishes me.

I pray on this day for our Grandmother – house in Eichstätt, Germany that their generosity of spirit will be rewarded by many new vocations. And, I pray for all Benedictines who continue our mission tradition. The wisdom of Benedict is for all God’s people – near and far.

Blessings and love to you all…

- Sister Vicki