May 18 was a glorious day. We had a wonderful celebration of God’s gift to Sister Mary John of 93 years of life. She had a wide variety of interests and a strong determination to live life to the full. During the cover of night she called me for help. She was bleeding from the colon. Sister Marguerite and I got her ready to go to the hospital. She and the doctors thought this would be a relatively quick stay and that she would come home to be her normal self. To prepare her for discharge the doctors wanted her to go to a rehab facility to regain strength. She was progressing very well. The day she was to be discharged the doctors wanted to do one more test (at the hospital) to be sure all was well. Then relapses began happening and she was re-admitted. Again the doctors were ready to discharge her. We had a room set up for her with all that was needed for her recovery.
One of her interests was sports, though not baseball (it was too slow). The seventh inning was at hand (seven weeks between hospital, rehab, and hospital) and Life threw a curve ball. (It felt like “at” her/us, but maybe it was really “to” her/us). The Father called her to come to her eternal home. Her work was finished. She had done what was given her to do. When a curve ball comes — we can catch it, but then we need to make a quick assessment and decide what to do with it to continue the game. Of course, if we miss the catch we need to go after the ball. Sister’s passing leaves a void for all of us. Those who have traveled a similar path
know that opportunity filled with hope awaits us.
This opportunity is none other than our constant efforts at renewal that we are all called to throughout our lives as Poor Clares. We must look at and observe the past in order to remember and count our blessings. We must be aware of our present in truth and greet the future with hope and joy. Our focus toward the future is as a beacon of light giving us direction to stay on course.
Please continue to keep all of us in your kind prayer as we do for each of you.
Sister Mary Claudia