From Sister Noreen – May 2020

From Sister Noreen – May 2020

From Sister Noreen – May 2020 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

It has been too long since we’ve been together! Life is definitely not ‘as usual.’ Putting into action St. Vincent de Paul’s maxim that “love is creative unto infinity” Vincentians are still creating ways to feed the hungry and to practice mercy with those in great need even with all the current restrictions.  Some Conferences are strengthening their special relationships with one another and are holding meetings via computers and phones so they can see one another, take care of immediacies in their service  and feel strengthened in the isolation we are experiencing for this extended time.

It is still Easter time 2020, and we, followers of Jesus, are in isolation fearful of a ‘killer,’ not unlike the apostles right after the crucifixion of Jesus. But Jesus proved that death had no power over Him, and He just kept showing up in His risen glory—in the garden, in the sealed upper room, on the seashore, on the road to Emmaus and more.

How about you? Has Jesus been revealed to you in any special way during the pandemic? What have you observed and learned? What has this Covid-19 virus done to you spiritually? These are good questions to reflect upon.  We know things better when we can write about them or speak about them in our own words.  We remember what we experience or share more than what we have heard. That is why journaling and faith sharing are so good for the soul. How about sharing your responses with the members of your Conference?

The Spirit of God is generous, always available to us and is made known in so many ways, not just in the roaring wind or tongues of fire, but also in gentle experiences or the energizing fire in our souls.  What and Who strengthens you to keep faithful to your gospel work? Your response to these questions will bring a new fire in you, a new Pentecost!

A good reminder from St. Vincent de Paul to all of us: “Let us allow God to act; he brings things to completion when we least expect it.”  For this, I proclaim an Alleluia!

And this message from Rabbi Kanefsky is a good one for now:

Every hand that we don’t shake must
Become a phone call that we place.
Every embrace that we avoid must
Become a verbal expression of
Warmth and concern.  Every inch
And every foot that we physically
Place between ourselves and another,
Must become a thought as to how
We might be of help to that other,
Should the need arise!

In prayer with all of you,

Sister Noreen Ellison, SC
Associate Spiritual Advisor