Our mandate from the Church, through our religious consecration by vow, constitutes us apostles in a new way. As such, we are witnesses of the Good News of love, of hope, of justice and of peace. For us, therefore, the struggle for a more human world is not an option. It is an integral part of spreading the Gospel.” – Sisters of Bon Secours Constitutions #7
While we can’t eliminate hunger, we can feed each other. While we can’t eliminate pain, we can hold each other… we can make things better for each other while we’re here.
– Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
We human beings are all fundamentally the same. We all belong to a common, broken humanity. We all have wounded, vulnerable hearts. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood; we all need help…. …those who are weak and in need have a secret power to touch our hearts and to bring us together in mutual belonging, whatever our religion or culture. – Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
Pilgrimage doesn’t mean reaching a particular geographic location. Instead, it refers to reaching a deep interior place. Life itself is a pilgrimage, whether we crisscross the continents visiting great shrines and sacred places or never even cross a state line. We are all on a journey toward God. It is up to us to decide whether that journey will be about simply surviving the daily challenges or becoming a pilgrim on the road to union with our Creator. – Mary DeTurris Poust, Walking Together
Let our hands reach across any division to create a community of interdependence where all gifts and talents are honored. -Sister Dorothy Brogan, CBS
Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.
Saint Teresa of Avila, Mystic
Keep in mind that you have your own vineyard. But everyone is joined to your neighbors’vineyard, Without any dividing lines. They are so joined, in fact, that you can not do good or evil for yourself without doing the same for your neighbor. – Saint Catherine of Siena, Mystic
Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.” ― Thomas Merton
Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. -Pope Francis
A religious vocation is a gift from God, requiring a response in faith. Like a seed whose growth is dependent on the soil and diligent care, a religious vocation depends on the person who receives it, those who guide her, and the Holy Spirit who assures its growth.” – Sisters of Bon Secours Constitutions #59