Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Aug. 21, 2022

Reflection for Aug. 21, 2022

North, South, East and West

We see people from all walks of life answering God call

by Sister Elise Cholewinski

It has been an ordinary summer and yet, as I look back, I recognize the many new people whom I have met in these last three months. During the month of June my parish, St. Bernadette in Appleton, was honored to have the relics of St. Bernadette present in our church. For two days I watched hundreds of visitors coming and going, as they paid their respects to those relics and attended some of the special services. They came from several different states and represented different races and cultures, and yet they witnessed to a common love for the Church and its heritage. During July I was involved in directing a retreat. One of the retreatants was born into a Pentecostal family and had received very little religious education, having attended only a few Sunday School classes in her childhood. Her face radiated a constant picture of joy as she participated in every Mass and prayer service. She loved the silence and used the time to meditate on the Scriptures. Since early spring I have been tutoring a fifth-grade boy whose mother is from South Korea. He doesn’t have a strong background in the Catholic Faith, so when it came time to undertake longer sections of reading material, I chose a children’s Bible. One evening, as we were reading and talking about the Ten Commandments and the Ark of the Covenant, he put his elbows on the table and just stared at me, soaking in every detail that I was telling him about the people’s love for their God.

In the first reading for this Sunday’s liturgy (Isaiah 66:18-21) we hear that God will gather nations of every language, and they will come and see His glory. In the Gospel (Luke 13:22-40) Jesus tells us that people will come from all the four directions of the earth to dine at the table in the kingdom of God. Sometimes these realities are unfolding right before our eyes.

How have you discovered these realities unfolding in your own experience?

Whose face is waiting to light up at the telling of the Sacred Story?


Monica Sawyn
08/19/2022 7:16 am

What a beautiful reflection! It’s rather poignant for us in parish work who can’t get those who ARE catechized to do more than warm pews on Sunday. But at least they’re there!

Debra Haven
08/19/2022 11:15 am

Recently on a tour of Eastern Canada, it was Sunday morning in Quebec City. How do we find a mass? In the next block, there was a church, but it looked shuttered. At 10:30 it came alive with the French speaking Pere(father). We could follow along with the structure of the Word and Holy Eucharist. In front of us visitors, sat a local woman who interpreted the mass with graceful dance movements. These French speaking locals radiated a common love for our God and the One, Holy, Catholic church. Glo-ri-a! In ex-cel-sis De-o.

Sr Rose Jochmann
08/19/2022 11:51 am

Thanks for sharing your ministries and the the diversity of race and culture you experienced. They all were searching for God in their lives, for their Sacred Story!

Mary Pierre
08/19/2022 2:58 pm

Thanks so much. Loved the stories. Glad you shared!

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