"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you."

By Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB

Is religious life relevant today? I believe it is … and many are searching for such meaning in their lives. Are you? Do you share these 3 values?

1. Living in prayer-filled community, in love, respect, and anticipation of each others’ needs. As Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, we commit ourselves to seek God as a monastic community. We commit ourselves to the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict. We commit ourselves to a balanced life of prayer and work. We serve the people of God through our ministries of prayer, hospitality, education and outreach to the poor. This is a high ideal in a world of dysfunction, isolation, and violence.

2. Being a model to all Christians seeking to serve God and to carry out these commandments: to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

3. Helping others achieve peace and justice and fulfillment in their lives. Religious life is essentially counter-cultural and will always be the choice of the few rather than the many. It dramatically demonstrates that “Yes, God is worthy of the total gift of oneself.”

The prophet Jeremiah sums up well God’s call to us: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe, plans to give you a future full of Hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.

I thank God daily for calling me to be a Benedictine Sister of St. Mary Monastery. If you want to learn more about our wonderful community, contact Sister Bobbi Bussan, OSB at (309) 283-2300 or rbussan@smmsisters.org.

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