If You Seek His Monument – Look Around You

Sr. Mary McCormickOn June 1, 2014, the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown installed a new Leadership Team and General Superior who will implement our new directional statement over the next six years.
As part of that Mass, on the Feast of the Lord’s Assumption, Sister Mary McCormick – our new General Superior– offered a wonderful reflection on faith and our future:
First, on behalf of the Ursuline Sisters I want to thank all of you for your presence here with us today. The Installation of a new Leadership Team in this public forum is symbolic of the faith we have in God, in the Church and in the mission that has been ours with you in the greater Youngstown area for 140 years. Our work has been in imitation of that of Jesus Christ and in the charism of St. Angela Merici, the founder of the Ursulines.
As I look around and consider all the connections among the people in this sacred space, I can only recite the favorite prayer of workers in the Guinness Brewery who fall into the vat: “Lord, give me a mouth worthy of the occasion.”
The history buffs here may well know this: much of the city of London was destroyed by a fire in 1666. Christopher Wren was the architect charged with rebuilding the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. His tomb is in St. Paul’s. There is a simple inscription on his tombstone: “Here in its foundations lies the architect of this church and city Christopher Wren, who lived beyond ninety years, not for his own profit but for the public good. Reader, if you seek his monument – look around you.”
“If you seek his monument – look around you.”
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