To be honest, I’m blanking a bit tonight on what to write about, so I found myself reminiscing about one of the many graced experiences I had while making a 30-day retreat the summer before my first profession.
I believe I was in the 2nd week of the Spiritual Exercises, praying with the scripture passage about Jesus walking on the water. I was sitting near the back of our Motherhouse chapel, in blue jeans and bare feet, and with a cup of coffee – all three things seemed to be “no-nos” at that time. Up near the front was the only other person in chapel – Sr. Emily (who has since passed away) – who had a bit of a reputation for being mean when she didn’t approve of the behavior or appearance of the younger sisters. But she was on the other side of chapel, so I thought I was safe.
However, as she was leaving chapel, I spotted her out of the corner of my eye crossing over to my side and approaching me to stand directly behind me. I’m thinking, “Three strikes – the jeans, the coffee, and the bare feet – look out!” So I just braced myself and prepared for whatever was next. Sr. Emily placed her hands on my shoulders, and asked me, “Are you one of the sisters making her profession next month?” This was astonishing in itself, as talking in chapel was another of Emily’s pet peeves. I replied, whispering, of course, “Yes, Sister, I am.” And she simply said, “God Bless You,” and continued on her way.
Now if that wasn’t Jesus coming to me walking on water, I don’t know what a clearer sign would look like!