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“Be it done to me according to your word.” These words of Mary, a simple woman from Nazareth, have moved the hearts and changed the lives of countless men and women throughout the centuries since they were first spoken. As I sit and ponder these words I realize how clean and sanitized we received them.
As I sit here alone in the stillness of the night my heart finds itself going back to last Saturday, St Patrick’s Day. So many memories come to my heart and mind looking back over the many such days and yet there was something special about this St Patrick’s Day for me. As a community, in which there are many sisters with Irish ancestors, St Patrick’s Day has always had a special place in our celebrations.
Jesus, during these days of our annual retreat we are blest to have the time to be alone in a special way, hidden in our cell, walking quietly in the woods, in a quiet corner of the church or wherever we can find a hiding place where we can be alone with you in a special way so that we can look, ponder and listen to your voice deep within our being. A listening in a greater silence which our Cistercian Order asks of us each year!
Standing in the refectory waiting for all the sisters to assemble I watched the little birds out the window trying to find a few seeds to eat. No beautiful snow covering the barren earth this year. They looked so desolate. The empty basket swaying in the wind with nothing in it for the little birds – no bread! The sister who takes care of them in the winter must have forgotten to fill their basket today.