Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courage, God will work with and for you.
What can we not do with the help of God's grace?...
Walk boldly!
Venerable Mother Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon

Very brief reflection today... I'm writing at the airport... not too long before boarding a flight. I sat down to write yesterday, but really didn't have the focus to say anything. However, I wanted to write before the weekend...

Yesterday the Marianists celebrated the 220th birthday of Mother Adele - foundress of the Marianist Sisters and one of the 3 founders of the Marianist Family. I've written many times about our foundress. One thing I never focused on was the aspect of her spirituality evidenced by the above quote... She was a woman of courage. Not fearlessness, necessarily, but true, virtuous courage. The kind that comes from an unwavering confidence in God. (My flight is starting to board! Soon to go!)

Anyway, I find this an important aspect on which to focus - especially in this week ahead. This weekend I'm attending a conference in Milwaukee - the annual Giving Voice conference (see website below). In Milwaukee many women religious ages 50 & younger will gather to share, pray and discuss community life - now and into the future. Moving forward, through the unknown, in religious life (or any path of life) implies a type of courage that Adele had... rooted in confidence in God's abiding love.

Next Tuesday I will celebrate another birthday... then next weekend I will renew my vows as a Marianist sister. It marks another year, yes, but also are reminders of the faithfulness and trustworthiness of God. Therefore, I can "walk boldly."

Well, I need to shut down now. I will write more after the events of the week...

Many blessings to all who read this!
Sr. N


5 comments:

Lisa said...

Nicole, it's always great to hear from you and hear how things are going. It sounds like it's been a grace-filled year! May the blessings keep coming especially as you prepare to renew your consecration!!

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

Hey there! I hope you are well. I am doing good..could use a couple extra prayers though.

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

Nicole...i would like to shoot you off an e-mail..could you direct me to it please?

Sr.Nicole Trahan said...

Hi, Kelly!
Feel free to e-mail me any time...
ntrahan at gmail dot com

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