We follow in the apostles' footsteps by seeking help from above
by Sister Charlene Hockers
We are Resurrection people! We continue to celebrate as we are at the doorstep of the Ascension followed by the feast of Pentecost. It helps us realize that Jesus is about to return to His Father and send the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the early Church.
We Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross are also celebrating. We are completing a week of meetings and prayerful discernment which is called a Chapter. At these meetings we made some important decisions regarding our life plans for the future. The Holy Spirit will guide us today (May 20) in electing a new Leadership Team to serve for the next four years.
Sunday's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives us a model for that spiritual process. The Apostles gathered together to make important decisions. They called on the Holy Spirit to guide them in order to inform the people of Gentile origin that they did not have to be burdened by any unnecessary Mosaic practices in order to become Christians. The Holy Spirit would guide them to do what is right.
The Holy Spirit can transform us into Christ and to becoming one with the Divine. That is the greatest gift. Let us lift our hearts in joy and gratitude, filled with hope as we move toward the glorious Holy City of Jerusalem.
Excellent peace, Sister!
I wish you & the Holy Sisters all the best as you continue a discernment of your future. I remember one of the very first such meetings when I was just a lad. It resulted in huge changes - the most obvious was the change in dress. May the Holy Spirit guide you folks to keep doing the wonderful things you've accomplished through the years,
In God's Never-ending Love & Tender Mercy,
Fr. Bill Jacobs