While on mission, I not only grew in my relationship with Christ but also with the Blessed Mother. I realized that in all the different things I was doing, Mary was asked to do for Jesus. She cooked, cleaned, did laundry, sewed and did all the tasks a mother does for her children. Because the priests act in the Person of Christ, I often thought about how Mary took care of Jesus and how I also was caring for Jesus. I’m sure it brought Mary great joy when she cared for Jesus. I definitely experienced the Lord’s joy throughout my time on mission.
One of the other greatest gifts on mission was experiencing what it was like to live in a smaller convent. I lived with four of my Sisters and experienced many joys of community life with them. In the fall, we went to an apple orchard. We also took trips to the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I loved getting to know my Sisters and spending time with them. Each of them has a special and unique gift to share with the rest of the community. It’s amazing to see how the Lord works through us and gives us each other to make His love known and also in the ways we are loved in return.
I am so grateful to the Lord for all His amazing graces He showered on me during mission. Everything that the Lord asked of me was never too great. But it was always the little things, sometimes acts of love that often remained hidden, that brought the greatest joy. It was a gift to be at the Apostolic Nunciature and to be like Mary, a handmaid of the Lord making His merciful love visible.
- Sister M. Isabella, FSGM