People often ask me, “What is the best things bout the convent?” Without hesitation I am able to reply, “Community Life.”
Then follows the inevitable question, “So, what’s the worst thing?” To which I can reply with the same vigor, “Community life.”
Both answers are totally true. Even our founder, Bl. James Alberione, says that community life well lived is one of our (the Daughters of St. Paul) three main penances…but it also is to be one of our greatest joys and consolations.
|St. Louis Community 2012|
Often it’s very little things, like someone taking time out of their busy day to help me or to answer my questions, or folding my laundry before I get to the drier, or leaving a note on my door to let me know that I’m being prayed for. I sometimes see sisters doing little things for each other and it makes me smile. It’s often little, simple things but it’s truly beautiful to see the amount of love that is poured out everyday in the ordinary, mundane tasks of life.
|Cookies are a very important part of community life! :)|
Now I know I’ve just made the convent sound like a little paradise…so don’t be fooled! We definitely do things that drive each other up walls…but that happens in every family I suppose. It seems to me, that even though we can drive each other a little batty sometimes, the love and joy FAR outweigh the small annoyances.
It’s in the trials that we learn to grow, and it is love… a deep love… that unites us together.
This is our life. This is our joy.
Thank God for community.