Reflections on Religious Life
By Megan Moore, Communications intern
Tracey Kemme (second from left)
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Tracy Kemme professed her First Vows in June 2015. She currently ministers at the Catholic Social Action Office in Cincinnati, Ohio and as the Latino Ministry Coordinator at Holy Family Parish in Cincinnati.
The following is her response to the question how do you see religious life reflecting the goodness and compassion of God into the future?
“Apostolic religious life has always been characterized by an immersion into the reality of the world and a nearness to those most in need.
“The words ‘sister’ and ‘brother’ imply intimate relationship. Being in close relationship with one another and with people on the margins has given clarity to the mission of religious life through changing times. We know the people who are left out. We know the stories of those who are struggling. We listen and walk with. We go where most would choose not to go.
“By God’s grace, we women and men religious will continue to allow these relationships to touch our hearts and shape our ministry into the future. Where we go and what we do will change, because the needs will change. But our call to be Christ’s compassion in action will be the driving force of our presence in the world.
“Pope Francis has said that the nature of religious life is to be prophetic. As we strive to carry on the mission of Jesus, we hope to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and welcome the stranger. We hope to set the oppressed free and give sight to the blind. Through our lives of community, ministry and prayer, we hope to be radical mercy in the world. And, we hope to ‘wake up the world,’ so that other people and systems grow in mercy, as well.
“If we continue to listen deeply to God, one another, Earth, and the people whose life paths cross our own, we will know how to carry on the legacy of compassion that we’ve been gifted by our Sisters gone before. Religious life will look different, its heart will be the same. And it will be called forth by our loving, merciful God.”