Alive with Franciscan joy

Happy Mother's Day

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Remembering the love of many women makes this a special day


LOVE ONE ANOTHER: Sister Laura Zelten, left, stands near the holy water font with Sisters Jeanne Jarvis, Carlotta Ullmer and Mary Kabat. The font is near the entrance to St. Francis Convent Chapel. The blue mosaic symbolizes God's presence (gold tiles) in every aspect our lives (blue tiles).

by Sister Laura Zelten

As we celebrate Mother's Day, I like to think of the women who have impacted my life in a positive way.

I always start with our Blessed Mother. She had such a profound trust in God. I often pray the line that precedes the Magnificat, "Let it be done unto me according to your word."

My grandmothers come next.  Both Emma and Ella were extraordinary women.  They came from very different backgrounds and were authentic in who they were and how they raised their children.  Both grandmothers were grounded in their faith.  Both taught me to trust in God and do the right thing -- even when it was difficult.  I will always remember them for their lemon pie, red velvet cake and their love of faith and family.

Next on my list is my Mom. I have tears as I write this. She was such a hope-filled and fun-loving person.  I will always remember her as someone who loved the simple things in life.  She, too, had a deep faith in God.  Her love for St. Joseph and her trips to St. Norbert Abbey's National Shrine of St. Joseph to pray were examples of how to root oneself in prayer.  Plus, she and my aunts always enjoyed being together.  It was my first lesson in how to live "community."

I can't forget my three sisters -- Amy, Jo and Meg.  What would we do without each other?  They are women of compassion, love and acceptance.  We turn to one another in times of joy and need.  I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

The women who have made the biggest impact on my life are my Sisters in Community.  Because of them I have become the woman I am today.  They have taught me that sacrifice for the sake of God's people is worth everything; that prayer is the center of how we communicate with God and with each other; and that we can do together what we cannot do alone.

I am so happy to be a Sister of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and to walk with women who live compassion, uphold peace and promote Gospel justice.