Monday, August 4, 2008

Another entrance to eternal life

Over the past seven weeks our three most senior sisters have all passed onto eternal life. This week it was Sr. Joanne Huether, age 96.

God of Glory, welcome into your presence our Sister Joanne.

Love of Christ was the center of her calling to monastic life, and her heart overflowed with love toward all. May the love of Christ be the center of our lives.

She taught us in many ways how abundant God's love is for each one of us. May we be bearers of God's love to everyone we meet.

Her faithfulness to community, prayer, family, and friends was a strong model of the beauty of monastic life. May we, too, be signs of the gift and grace of Saint Benedict's way of life.

We give praise and thanks for the long life of Sister Joanne. May her memory continue to live in us as we strive to prefer nothing whatever to Christ.

I hope "heaven" is full of flowers--and no one has allergies!

Photo by Stephanie Schmidt, OSB