This week we are being asked to reflect deeply on the religious
community we have chosen and its charism. In our recent workshop presented by Lynn Levo we were challenged by the statement "You are in most need of your own charism." So what is it about the Dominican Sisters of Peace that I am attracted toward?
As I pondered these qualities I wondered why they would attract me so? Do I need strength, courage and joy? And the answer of course, is yes. I need to be with others who are strong because it helps me be stronger. I need to be with others who are courageous because it helps me to find my own courage. I need to be around others who are joyful because it helps me to learn to allow God’s joy to bubble up within me.
But these qualities can probably be applied to almost any Dominican women’s congregation in the world. What is it about this specific congregation that attracts me? I believe our chapter commitments have captured the intent of this community at this time and it is these commitments that I feel an affinity toward:
- To study, ponder and live God’s revelation
- Promote non-violence
- Transform oppressive systems, especially against women and children
- Create a community where all are welcome
Each of these commitments stretches me outward, calling forth strength, courage and joy. They call me to be a more loving person. And I think that is what I need most, to express and receive strong, deep love, courageously and joyfully.
So I invite you to ponder, what is it about the charism of your community that you most need?