|Last ICN Group Photo, 4/30/2014.|
As our time in the novitiate is winding down our good byes have begun. This week we experienced our last day of class at Aquinas, our last ICN meeting, and the last class with our dear sister Regina Siegfried, ASC. Our time in St. Louis has helped us build support structures and connect with the Dominican family in a very special way. As we prepare to leave all this behind and move on to the next step in our journeys, I am reminded of today’s Gospel about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Colloquium at Aquinas, 8/2013.
|"The Road to Emmaus"|
|Sr. Megan, Sr. Katy and Sr. Bea celebrating with Sparkie, |
St. Dominic's Dog, 5/2/2014.
Sitting in the chapel at Aquinas this past Friday evening celebrating Sr. Megan’s 25th Jubilee, I found myself looking around at the congregation. Those who were at first unknown, have become an extension of my own community. I thought back on our first meetings and remembered the trepidation as I introduced myself to these now too familiar faces. I thought about the relationships that we formed and the deep connections we made; the support we offered each other as the process of discernment took its course. And I was overwhelmed by love. As Megan preached, “Community doesn’t happen in solitude. I wouldn’t have a Jubilee without those groups represented here today.”
We too, would not have had this year without the communities of the ICN, Aquinas and the Dominican family. Reflecting on that, I realized that I met Christ along the road this year. I experienced Him in all those who accompanied me and will be forever changed by them. Thanks be to God.