As I write this blog, St. Louis is GORGEOUS! We have balmy 80 Fahrenheit Degree weather, the spring sun is radiant and the sweet scents of blooming blossoms greet those that walk through the streets. The memory of the bitterly frigid winter is behind us, replaced by the colors /allergies of spring and the fast approaching promise of a hot summer.
|Dominican Sisters of Peace - Eld Street in New Haven, CT|
We planned thoroughly a detail itinerary and revised it many times until it was perfect. We even planned a “fun” day in NYC where we would visit the site of the first Dominican Convent in Brooklyn, wave to Lady Liberty, pay our respects at Ground Zero, sing a song from the hit musical Hamilton at Alexander’s Hamilton’s resting place, visit with our Sisters in NYC and conclude at St. Patrick’s Cathedral! We looked at the best and fastest subway routes, calculated expenses, a lunch stop at China Town. The planned day was going to be perfect, fast paced and AMAZING.
|Sr. Joan making pies during the snow storm!|
The start of our trip was AMAZING! We visited with our sisters in Columbus and Akron. Our trip continued to Caldwell where we received as VIP’s and learned all about the stunning Denver of the East. Following we were warmly welcomed at the origins of the Regensburg Tree, Amityville. Then we arrived at the beautiful Dominican Sisters of Peace House of Welcome in New Haven, CT. The following day we had a dynamic day at the United Nations with Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP, NGO in Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Dominican Leadership Conference and several Dominican Sisters from Dominican Sisters International. Everything was going according to plan and we even had some gorgeous sunny days at the start of our trip. Then the dark clouds show up, Doppler radar warnings are everywhere, closures began to be announced, yet I was sure the day was going to be OK and we would be able to enjoy NYC.
|Sr, Bea and Sr. Katherine enjoying a sweet treat!|
I am reminded of the brave German nuns who arrived from Regensburg, Germany at the invitation of a monsignor from Pennsylvania, whom never showed up to receive them. In the face of challenge and adversity, they discerned and heard a call to minister in the unknown, uncomfortable and unpredictable in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Out of their discernment, they gather strength in their reliance on God to amazing results. Out of that original group of German nuns, 11 Dynamic Dominican Congregations branched in the United States creating countless founded ministries, various colleges and universities, hospitals, and ministering all over the world and preaching God to many!
|The Amazing Dominican Sisters at Lincoln St.| New Haven, CT|
As I continue to journey religious life I am reminded not to fall in love with an idea. Instead be open to God’s plan. While there might be a projected snow storm, God does not abandon us and is always working. We must rely on God, discern and gather strength from our foundresses and Dominican Foremothers. Most importantly, I pray that we all are open to be instruments of God and not get in the way of God’s plan because we fell in love with an idea. I pray that we may be open to the voice of God when we get caught up in future snow storms.