Come O Holy Spirit Come
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine
Come O Holy Spirit Come
A Blessed and Holy Pentecost to all! May the light of the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with love and joy.
As we celebrate together this great feast, what an appropriate time to share with you the joy and happiness at our being together for our May 15-17 interfederation meeting, held in Belleville, IL. It was a time of education and formation, as we listened to Fr. Dominic Monti’s presentation on the history of the Poor Clares. It was a time of listening,
discerning, and supporting one another as we met together as Councils and Abbesses, making decisions for future federation meetings and discussing formation activities and monastery happenings. And most of all, it was a time of celebration, as we commemorated 60 years of federation, watching a video of past meetings and sharing our many memories of love and Sisterhood, not to mention a little ice cream! Truly the entire meeting was one of gratitude for each other’s presence in the past, present and into the future. All Sisters, especially those unable to attend, were held closely in our hearts. Thank you all so much for your participation – both at the meeting and especially those at home, whose prayers and extra efforts allowed us to be there. As soon as the DVD’s of Dominic’s presentation are ready, they will be sent to all the houses.
Additional food for meditation came during the time of the meeting, with the Vatican’s publication of Cor Orans, the implementing instruction of the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere. Most of us at the meeting were able to take a cursory look at the document, with plans to do so more thoroughly in conjunction with our communities
upon our return. May we all hold one another in prayer as we reflect on this new document and may it lead to a renewed zeal in living our Poor Clare life and a continued support of one another. As mentioned in an earlier e-mail, I am asking that you record questions raised by the document, sending them to me by September 30. We will then organize them and present them to someone who can assist us, so that we may be fully responsive to the spirit of this instruction. What an appropriate time for the Lord to send us such a document, as we experience the beautiful blossoms and new life of spring, and look forward to the many fruits from our trees and gardens, as well as to the gentle breezes of summer. May the Holy Spirit continue to fill us with Peace and Joy as we look to God’s guidance on our communities and our Federation now and into the future.
May the Lord give you his Peace!