Archive for June, 2015

Ferverino

Posted by admin On June - 22 - 2015

We have recently celebrated Sr. Kathy Curtis’ final profession!  What a joyous celebration!   The reading chosen for the occasion was taken from Sr. Joan Chittister’s commentary on the Rule of Benedict, chapter 58 “The Procedure for Receiving Members”.  She states that “Benedictine life is rooted in three dimensions:  commitment to a community, fidelity to a monastic way of life and obedience… We are to be totally open to the constantly emerging challenges of the God-life within us and …learn to see the globe through eyes softened by the Gospel…  We are to see change and challenge in life as God’s voice in our ears.”

All that sounds like quite a mouthful!  However, when I think of what it means to commit to be faithful I realize that applies to all ways of Christian living.  We’re there for each other through the hard times – when the water pipes freeze and break, when trees fall on buildings, when cancer is diagnosed (events that occurred this past winter!).  But we’re there for the good times too.  Spring does come.   Winter is over and repairs are completed.  Friends come to celebrate and flowers bloom.   Our response to these things is our openness to the God-life within us.

And so we do learn to see things with new eyes – eyes that are softened by the Gospel.  This is our journey of conversion.   It’s our daily striving to live the Gospel message a little better; to change our harsh ways, to respond to someone else’s need when we would rather not be bothered.  This past winter when we were all snowed-in at the monastery, Sr. Kathy Curtis reminded us that “patience is not just the ability to wait but how we behave while we’re waiting”!  And that too is part of the conversion process.  We learn to change our thinking from competition to “how can we work together?”  Instead of issues being either black or white we learn there is a gray area.  And so we grow in unity with others.

Life is messy!  But together we journey, loving and caring for each other.  Congratulations Sr. Kathy!  And blessings on you as you continue your journey with us.

Eileen

Eileen & me

 

Thoughts on Perpetual Profession

Posted by admin On June - 22 - 2015

It was not my plan to become a nun. I am a Protestant and to us religious life generally means a life spent in mission. I have come to believe that is still the definition of religious life. However what we are at Mt. Tabor is monastic and that is another way of living in mission.

I remember my first visit to Mt Tabor. It was for Thanksgiving dinner and during the meal the conversation turned to the progress of the Sister’s quest to become ecumenical. “That means I could live here” I remember thinking to myself. But then quickly thought, “But God has called me to mission in Maytown.” Isn’t it funny how we don’t see the forest for the trees.

After 5 ½ years of living this life I have come to see that God is continually growing us into holiness. For some that is marriage and a family. For some missionary outposts and service. For some, monastic life. Whatever the format, the goal is the same- – to know and love God.

So God draws me. This time, this place, these people. “For the rest of my life”. Those words hit my  youngest son hard. He always thought I would be moving back to Florida. But he is getting used to the idea. As I was driving my family to the airport to return to Florida I heard him say, “It’s been a heck of a weekend. My mom married God!”

Sister Kathy Curtis

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suscipe family

 

Summer Fog

Posted by admin On June - 2 - 2015

It is 9:30 in the morning here in the mountains but the sun hasn’t come out yet. The fog drifts between the trees and around the buildings reminding me that I don’t really know what is going on “out there”. My vision is limited.

Too often we charge into the day, the project, the relationship without really looking. The assumption is that everything is just as we left it last time so it is OK to put ourselves on automatic pilot and think about what comes next instead of paying attention to what is now.

This spring floods were prevalent in Floyd County. I knew that several roads in the area were damaged but was unprepared for the bump as I drove over a road that had been solid pavement only days before but now had sunk three inches. The really sad thing is that there were warning signs posted as well as the obvious break in the road but I was not there. I was someplace else.

So I am practicing awareness…again. I am trying to really be present to what is going on around and in me. I think to myself, “I am writing a blog post.” And supposedly that will keep me present and open to what God is doing around me now.

I have to confess though. This is a very short post and I have wandered off several times. I am writing a blog post on summer fog but really I am trying to learn how to live in the light of now.