Tuesday, December 31, 2013
by Sister Laura Zelten
The end of the year ushers in the beginning of the new. It gives me time to reflect on the gifts I have received during this past year and it brings light to the future. Some people like to set resolutions. I like to keep my options open for God's call.
Reflecting on this past year, I am so grateful for the many doors God has opened. I feel especially blessed by the return of my nephew Jeff to our family. Having him back in our lives is a gift. He and Heather have brought us oneness as family and such joy.
I am blessed to be part of a Franciscan community that is strong in its commitment to living simple lives and being rooted in prayer and Gospel values. Through dialogue and respect for one another we tackled some tough decisions during our Chapter this summer. We are truly committed to one another and our Church.
I am grateful for the gift of medical technology. Because of modern medicine I have two new knees on which I can stand up straight and walk again. The doctors, therapists, and my good friend Kathy have been patient and firm in getting me back on my feet! What more could one ask for in life.
So I say "Praise be you my Lord" for all that has been, and I pray for openness to the future of 2014. May you and yours be blessed during this New Year!
The mosaic seen here is one of eleven integrated into our Motherhouse. Each speaks to a different element that St. Francis of Assisi honors in his Canticle of the Creatures.