Wisdom and the beauty of life as a Sister of Providence
There is something special about a woman who has spent a lifetime as a Sister of Providence.
Recently we celebrated our sisters who have been Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for 60, 70 and 75 years.
In her reflection that day, General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski had asked these faith-filled women to share some of their wisdom. Their words sum up some of the beauty of a life lived as a Sister of Providence:
… “The convent and all the sisters gave me the joy of a permanent beautiful family.”
… “God, the Holy, slowly had to show me that all is gift both received first and given in gratitude.”
… “O Wisdom, God, you are always there for me, and I love you.”
… “[like Mary] I, too, must be there to say “yes” when [God] calls me.”
… “[I’ve learned] to seek God “in all things,” especially in celebrating the Eucharist and living a vowed life in community.”
… “I have spent my life praising God … and as a Sister of Providence my ‘spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’”
… “Many of us came … not knowing what to expect … we were “like clay in the potter’s hands.”
… “My heart rejoices with my sisters who support one another in the many facets of ministry as we fill the hungry with good things and carry out our mission of love, mercy and justice.”
… “Wisdom walks with me throughout the day … I pray to be a woman of wisdom and insight.”
…I realize my life is lent to me and that I am accountable for how I strive to further the mission of Providence.
… I have learned to go to God often in prayer, especially now in this time of my life.
…Support from others, dedication to the mission, trust in Providence have all helped to make these years blessed, happy and memorable. Thank you, God!
And finally, from one jubilarian who finds it difficult to speak, came this response via Minister of Care Sister Claire Hanson, “I talked about vocation and calling, her ministries, her retreat work, being in health care. She just smiled when we talked each day and said she loved it all.”
Is God calling you to a life of meaning that you will love? Are you courageous enough to answer that call? Explore life as a Sister of Providence or Providence Associate!