Comfort, Inspiration for Troubled Times

Sister Pauline Dalpe

By finding our center in Christ, we can find comfort and inspiration in these troubled times. Four of our Sisters offer their wisdom to help you.

From Sister Pauline Dalpe
When words are unable to express the times we are living in, I turn to words that inspire me and pray with Thomas Merton.  

Here’s a prayer I especially like:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Sister Dorothy Kundracik

From Sister Dorothy Kundracik
This time is a gift to us to call old friends and renew the bonds that were set aside in our “busy schedule.” We can Bring peace amidst the hardship.

I’ve been able to work from home for SCOPE as supportive services to the home bound.

The longer this isolation goes on the more seniors appreciate that they are not forgotten. More persons prayed or asked for prayer lately. Individuals will even call me when they are in need. This has been a very satisfying ministry.

Sister Diane Toth

From Sister Diane Toth
This is my favorite quote, Ezekiel 26: “I will take your heart of stone and turn it into a heart of flesh.”

During this time of quarantine, I find myself edgy and judgmental. I curb the impulse to think negatively.

What would my next encounter with a person look like with a heart of flesh? I tell myself to listen, care and make a difference.

Sister Darla Vogelsang

From Sister Darla Vogelsang
“One of the marvelous facts of life is that every ending carries within itself the potential for a new beginning.” 
Mary Borhek

This quote speaks to me of the changes that we are facing during this universal pandemic, leaving us to wonder what is not going to be in the new normal. Change brings endings. But there is the potential for new beginnings ahead if we keep our focus on Christ, who is both our origin and our destination in life, as we now know it and hope it to be.