A Letter from Sister Geraldine Klein
The year has rolled by quickly again and what a year it has been! There are times when I don’t know whether to be grateful for the challenges we face or just sit down and say, “Nothing can be done”. But you and I know that the latter is not really an option. Yes, things can look far too big for us to undertake or to challenge, but I, for one, believe that not only am I, or are we, not alone, we always have the upper hand. How? First, the old saying, “There is power in numbers” (of people) gives hope, and secondly, and most importantly, the One who created us and loves us unconditionally is ALWAYS WITH US. Isn’t that what we celebrate at Christmas: Emmanuel, God with us! Believe it!
I attended the Assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious this past August and one of the speakers gave a powerful reflection on ”Finding Ground in a Groundless Age”. It is important that we come to understand that you and I live in an unprecedented time when humanity is shifting to another level of consciousness. We are living on the edge of something that is not-yet and hence it is difficult to see anything but that we are trying to stand on shifting ground. However, I believe it is a privileged time. We are part of the “New Creation”. “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Is. 43:19 ) The Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin once wrote, “Our role is …through every form of effort to raise the power of love upward….” There is a song by Bernadette Farrell, “Love Goes On”. In that song there is a verse that says, “Love alone has shaped our souls and our hearts are always restless/ Until Love becomes our purpose, new creation to unfold.” I think that captures the” why” and the “what” of the movement to the “New Creation.”
Does that all sound too philosophical, too abstract? Well, when you boil it down it’s what Jesus told us, “Love one another as I have loved you.” When we really try to live that way, it raises the powers of love upward. When we uphold the dignity of each person, when we look beyond the cracks in another’s personality, when we let go of our cherished position and truly listen to the other, when we let go of our fears and step forward to relate to a homeless person—all of these actions raise the power of love upward. The time has come when each one of us can change the world around us into a caring, thoughtful, respectful place. Let’s do it and let’s do it together.
We need each other! Thank you for what you do, for you are raising the powers of love upward. Emmanuel has come and is with us. We believe and rejoice.
Enjoy our Sisters’ Journey – December 2016