We Are Surrounded By Beauty!

On October 3rd  at our Motherhouse here in Milwaukee, WI we had special celebrations to commeorate the death of St. Francis of Assisi:  an art exhibit in our Alfons Gallery by our Sister artists from Illinois, a violin concert given by one of our Sisters from Illinois and a beautiful Transitus celebration, a prayer service remembering the life and death of        St. Francis of Assisi who was born in 1181 in Italy and died in 1226.  “We are surrounded by beauty” I kept thinking and remarked to others.  How many times in the midst of a day do we often see what is wrong with our lives?   Are we ever satisfied with who we are and what we have in our lives?   How would our lives be different if everyday we looked for the good and found the good.  What if everyday we noticed the beauty that surrounds us?  Somedays, particularly days where we might experience discouragement or fear or uncertainty or pain, it may be more difficult to see the beauty.  Yet, we are surrounded by beauty everyday as the Divine life of God permeates our lives, speaking tenderly to us, embracing us and walking with us through whatever it is our day brings.  This is what St. Francis of Assisi brought to our world:  a sense of joy even in the midst of sadness, a sense of  love in the midst of hate and envy,  a sense of comfort in the midst of uncertainty.  St. Francis is a Saint for our times reminding us with his life that we are indeed surrounded by beauty everyday of our lives.  Blessings and peace this day.

About SisterNancy

I am a Catholic Sister, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I enjoy swimming and nature: hiking in the mountains and along rolling hills, sitting by water and walking through the various seasons of life. I am a spiritual director, spirituality consultant, chaplain and retreat director. You can contact me at sisternancyosf@gmail.com
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