Summer’s growth and colors are slowly leaving, and our environment is shivering with the changing season. And though, what we see and feel from Mother Nature will be quite different in the coming months, we are thankful to have made the best of life and lived through the challenges of the Covid 19 Spring and Summer. Life is happening inside of each of us, and even, collectively, as Vincentians. New life will come! It will burst forth, but we wonder and await what the months ahead will deliver for us.
What will I/we know better and in a new way?
I wonder how I/we will live more intentionally trying to “love our neighbors as ourselves?”
One of the October changes I feel, is the loss of our lively and colorful Conference Support person, Debbie Jackson. I am so sorry she felt the need to leave her role of generous service from our central office. Debbie helped hundreds of us understand better our Vincentian commitment to grow spiritually and she created many opportunities for us to strengthen our Christian friendship with one another. Debbie knew that serving the members in over 100 Conferences by providing continuing formation opportunities, the Society would be strengthened and become more effective. Debbie was the “go to” person when we needed materials, training, resources, information and assistance. The evenings spent with us in District meetings helped us feel better informed and connected to one another at the Conference and District levels. Her gifts, including her joy and positivity, helped build relationships among us, affirming the holy energy and perseverance needed to keep serving our neighbors-in-need with mercy and love through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
So, I will finish by asking myself and you, the same questions:
- What will I/we know better and in a new way?
- How will I/we live more intentionally trying to love our neighbors as ourselves?
- And who are my neighbors?
I encourage you to share this, especially the reflection questions in an upcoming meeting, even by Zoom. Then, listen carefully to each one’s response and conclude with a prayer of thanks and praise.
In prayer and reflection with you,
Sister Noreen Ellison, SC
Associate Spiritual Advisor