One of my students asked me yesterday if I was going to see my family over Thanksgiving break - and was sad when I told her that I would be celebrating the holiday with my community.
I explained to her, as best I could, how close we are in community; that these times when we think of family and friends are particularly significant when we share them with the women with whom we have committed our lives to Christ.
I am not sure that I convinced her.
But as I sit here preparing for the feast and watching the young Sisters in my local community cooking, laughing, and doing all of the preparations for a "family gathering," I see the reality in all its splendor.
There's Sister M. Mercedes doing a Dominican Republic version of Italian Wedding Soup;
Sister M. Catherine converting heaps of donated Panera bread into her mother's stuffing (I am assured that it won't be quite as good as the real thing);
Sister Mary George making a Missouri Pumpkin Pie Cake;
and Sister M. Theresia conversing with a turkey too large for the pan.
And we expect our Sisters from Tulsa any minute.
Our families are in our hearts and prayers - and we share stories and laughter. But together we are one family in Christ.
That's a lot to be thankful for.
--submitted by Sister M. Luka; Kansas City in Kansas