As we celebrate this 200th year of the existence of our congregation, we Sisters of St. Mary of Namur are discovering so many wonderful stories about those women who had the grace and courage to join the young institute, to strike out into new territory and to begin new types of work. As we rediscover what our Sisters did and the hardships they endured, we see them in a new way: the old becomes new, and the ordinary is revealed as extraordinary. We join Peter, James, and John as our eyes are opened not only to the past, but to the present as well.
In her poem about today’s Gospel, Madeleine L’Engle expresses this so beautifully:
Suddenly they saw him the way he was,
the way he really was all the time,
although they had never seen it before,
the glory which blinds the everyday eye
and so becomes invisible. This is how
he was, radiant, brilliant, carrying joy
like a flaming sun in his hands.
This is the way he was -- is -- from the beginning,
Today, as we recognize the need to adapt to changing situations, let us follow our forebears and remember that “I am standing on the shoulders of the ones who went before me.” May you have a blessed Lent.
-Sister Louise Smith
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