Canticle of St. Gertrude
Inside this Issue:
"Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5; This Issue - Peace
Sister's Story - Sister Corinne Forsman
Membership - Beholding Something New
Spirit Center News - Renewal
Meet a Mystic - St. Brigid; Care of the Land - Farmhouse Solar
Milestones: Sister Katie Cooper and her Final Monastic Profession, Sister Agnes - A "Legend of Nursing," Sister Elisa Martinez Receives the St. Michael's Guardian Award
Peace & Justice - Northwest Coalition for Human Rights; Poetry by Sister Evangela Bossert
Museum - Stories of Idaho Characters; About Us
Featured Recollections, Reader Submissions & Reflections
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A Reflection For those Who Serve
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings a perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.
Archbishop Oscar Romero
The Transmigration of Sister Herman
“If you weren’t a person, what would you be?”
I asked an old nun they called Roadrunner.
She laughed at the thought of being anything else
except a bride of Christ, trudging streets
in rusty habit, castoff tennis shoes,
scorning permed hair and polyester
Brought to the Convent as an orphaned toddler,
she never left, rendering menial work
as dairymaid, cook and sacristan.
The blighted apples from abandoned trees,
outdated food from markets,
she brought the worthy and the profligate,
leaving behind a vintage joke
and a blessing.
After a moment she reconsidered,
announced with snaggled grin,
“I’d be a horse. When you get to Heaven,
look for me among the horses.”
I dream of her now in the tree-ringed meadow blue
with camas, frolicking among playful fillies,
the great stallions, the gentle geldings.
A mare, loose in her skin of glossy black,
shivering in the spring chill
but lost in the heaven of another sun.
Carolyn Frei, Lewiston, ID
They - A Journey
By Patrick Lou Kelly
They settled in Nez Perce country
A country much like their native Switzerland
On a mountain with water, stone and trees
Overlooking the Camas Prairie
They were bound for success
With them came a set of rules
Rules that were hundreds of years old
Community living was their gift
A gift from the fifth century
From an innovator
Of quite renown
They established roots
Roots grew from stone
Hewn from their mountain
And assembled by artisans
Nurturing was their endowment
For providing tender care
While encouraging others to flourish
And providing an environmental influence
Their sphere of influence
Helped people grow, develop, thrive
And be successful
While developing character and spirituality
Their legacy to the world
Community service and prayer
For the greater glory
Of Yahweh and the Benedictine way of life
The sisters of Saint Gertrude’s Monastery
The right path taken
A journey of peace
And love for Christ