In our last issue of Tidings I mused with a crazy idea. I received two responses (in my own words): a) I agree with everything you said; and b) there is a lot to think about.
Well, I’ve developed my thinking a little further — and have begun to fantasize. I must admit that I really like the idea of a Monastery in three circles, first of all it suggests unity, and second the Trinity. I could envision the middle circle with floors. And yes, in this “crazy idea” it is a new physical facility which all the OSC’s in the U.S. and even Canada could be part of. It has been pointed out to me that
this type building is very much like the “Motherhouses” of our active Sisters. Also, that there are many Motherhouses for sale. I began to wonder if we could think of such a thing as a Rejuvenating
Center: a place to renew, build up, rejuvenate, and grow stronger in every aspect of our life.
Could it be possible to use the book “The Poor Sisters of Saint Clare Their Form of Life and Identity,” by Sr. Diana Papa, O.S.C., as a means of growing deeper in our Poor Clare heritage. For this
reason I have asked two Sisters to write a book review for this issue of Tidings. Then down the road of life when we are once more flourishing, perhaps we would be able to “send forth” our Sisters to
those places we left and beyond. If this is to be I see a need for us all to work together to build up what is weak and strengthen the whole.
Then another fantasy began brewing. Cor Orans speaks significantly on training leaders, formation and on-going formation. It sounds like a lot of education to me, but maybe in the long term its good.
I wondered if Abbesses and former Abbesses, Formators and former Formators could get together respectively and identify what type of “training” would be beneficial (looking to the future) to prepare sisters for these positions? Are there things that traditionally only the Abbesses could do that perhaps in reality others could do? Part of what triggered this particular line of thinking was a catalog I received from “The Great Courses”. I wondered if something could be developed that would help our situation. They do have a very rich variety of courses on an ever-expanding set of topics. And maybe the federation could sponsor this for anyone interested.
Again, I’m not saying that this is what we should do. I am trying to spark a thought process, an energy that will move us into the future.
Happy Thanksgiving! Blessed Advent for all of us.