Another week of minimal blogging...we had a priest friend (my son's Godfather) visiting.
On Friday, my husband, Fr. Simon, and I took a trip over to Nashville, TN to meet the Nashville Dominican Sisters. It was a fantastic day! The joy and holiness of the sisters is contagious and I'm set for the next week (if not longer). While we were there, I literally "bumped" into a young woman that I met while I was a retreat director. She is now a postulant with the Nashville Dominicans and she looked so happy!
The retreat center I worked at primarily catered to teens. My staff and I worked retreats for Catholic high school students around the Chicago area. I loved working retreats and believe it is a very important ministry to offer teens, but the downside of the ministry is that I rarely saw the students after retreat. In a lot of ways it is like emergency ministry; you meet them, you share with them, you pray they come to know God better, and then they leave. It's a ministry where you sow seeds, but someone else tends the seeds and reaps the harvest.
I received such an incredible gift on Friday to see a seed planted six years ago has blossomed beautifully. It is extremely humbling to realize that I was an instrument of the Holy Spirit. I feel very small (in a good way) thinking of the sheer awesomeness of God. God is always ready to use us to make a difference. A smile, a kind word, listening, seemingly small acts can make a big difference in the lives of others.
I'm sure I'll be blogging more about the Sisters in the coming days...they were truly joy-filled!