A reflection by Sisters Barbara Davis, SC, and Karen Elliott, C.PP.S. (SC Associate)
“There is an appointed time for everything.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
These words became a mantra for us as we discerned that it was time to resign from our ministries and move closer to “home”…. our Motherhouses and our families. We dealt with mixed emotions. There was the pain of leaving behind many friends and co-ministers in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, where we had served for a combined total of 80 years. Coupled with that was the anticipation of “transition” to new ministries and opportunities to meet new people.
Packing and sorting through the items in our home brought new waves of memories. There was a “freedom” that came with letting go of things that were no longer needed, knowing that others would put these items to good use. “Right sizing” was indeed a blessing!
While we thought we were very organized in labeling each box, we still faced uncertainty, wondering: “Where did we pack that?” and “Where is the right place for this item in our new home.” Even after everything was unboxed, from time-to-time we find ourselves asking: “Where did we put that?”
We created “to-do” lists as we dealt with notifying friends and companies of our change of address. That task is on-going as periodically we come across another individual or group to notify. Thank goodness for email and websites that make the task a little easier!
Now that we are settled in our new home in Xenia, Ohio, we feel very blessed. That isn’t to say that there are moments of looking back and continuing to pray our goodbyes.
During a homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the celebrant reflected that moving is, in some ways, like preparing for the “end times” … for going “home.” His words reminded us that our God is with us each day of the journey and for that we give thanks and praise!