We are the fragrance of Christ. Certainly this statement can be made about the white and varied shades of purple lilacs that have adorned our chapel as well as our gardens and pathways during this season.
Yet St. Paul also says that we are a fragrance of Christ to God (2 Corinthians 2:15). Those are such amazing, grace-filled, and challenging words to us. How are we to live up to such a call? Our Community just completed our annual retreat given by Sister Antoinette Purcell, OSB, from Beech Grove, Indiana. She gave us some reminders and helps from the Rule of Benedict, her lived experience, as well as through story and poetry. Because the Rule is based on the scriptures, it speaks to people of all walks of life. These are some of the titles of her talks: Living in the Presence of God, Living Humbly, Living Obediently, Living as Seekers of Peace, Living a Balanced Life, Living with Joy, Living Eucharist, etc. As always after a retreat, I feel renewed and blessed. However, I have already noticed that I have not carried out some of my resolutions. Thank goodness God looks at our hearts and desires. Thank goodness transformation is a journey, and our God is abundant in mercy and loving kindness.
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber is Director of Liturgy. She has experience as a teacher, advocate for women and children, giving retreats and spiritual direction. She is a member of the Shalom Spiritual Direction Training Program at the Monastery.