Always in Pilgrimage
As a pilgrim I take joy in the journey, with the understanding that the journey only exists because of the holy place, the spiritual significance and the history of the destination. All destinations I have visited light the journey with joy. The people I meet teach me about loving my neighbor, and the stories of many before me that have been to these holy places.
I am a world pilgrim, always interested in some light at the end of my pilgrimage. I have crawled on my knees to reach the top of the Scala Santa and been in procession in Fatima. I prayed at the grotto in Lourdes, witnessed the largest piece of the Holy Cross in the Monastery of Liebana and cried tears of sorrow in front of the Holy Shroud and the Holy Sudarium. I watched the sweating Christ in Medjugorje and prayed in front of the bones of St Peter and St James. But regardless of all of these amazing experiences, my journey will not end because all these places matter. They are a testament of human history in faith.
As long as I am alive, I have the choice to either observe or to relate. I choose to relate and help others relate. I have the blessed opportunity to relate to people, places and things in real, thick relation. I am able to love the heart of the land I was born in, and love the person and the innermost center of our beloved. I can contemplate the beauty of Nature, the meaning and the reality of the stained-glass window, and the reason for the church and its steeple. Most importantly, I am able to experience God’s magnificent universe and love.
When I relate to something I am changed. I cannot love a person without becoming something greater. I cannot serve anyone and help them without seeing God in them. I cannot be in holy communion with my brothers and sisters in faith without being made that much more holy. I cannot love a book, or contemplate a piece of art or listen to a piece of music without taking that art or music within myself and being ennobled by it. Relation changes me – not into someone else, but into the self I truly am to be, the self I long to become, what is expected of each of us. A better person.
That’s what St. Peter wanted his persecuted readers to see-- that the Christian life is a pilgrim life. We’re aliens and strangers on this earth. Peter shows us four things we must do to live as pilgrims:
To live as pilgrims, there is a mindset to adopt, a war to fight, a lifestyle to maintain, and a day to remember.
By traveling as a pilgrim I not only find myself, I become a better self - my pilgrim way.
Support to Seminarians and Religious Women in Formation
Entering religious life, ultimately, is a process of being drawn by love.
As a Dominican Associate, my love is with the congregation and its women. My personal commitment is the honor of God and the sanctification of religious women and priests in the service of the Church and souls. Jointly we aim in our missionary work to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life.
My most important effort is to assist women in formation and seminarians while they study to become nuns and priests and commit to their apostolic work.
Association to a Dominican Order and Support to their Mission
I am an Associate with the Adrian Dominican Preachers and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher (Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem).
As a Dominican, I am honored and privileged to be part of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, an international congregation of more than 700 vowed religious women and 200 Associates who minister in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and five countries outside of the U.S. (Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Norway, and Taiwan). In all of our ministries—education, health care, pastoral and retreat ministry, the arts, social work, ecology, and peace and justice advocacy—we strive to live out our Vision: to seek truth, make peace and reverence life. We trace our roots to St. Dominic in the 13th Century. With our Associates and our Co-workers, and with the other members of the Dominican family throughout the world, we continue our Dominican tradition of preaching through prayer, study, common life and ministry.
Commitment as a Lady of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and its Mission
As a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher, an association of the Christian faithful established according to ecclesiastical law and entrusted with a special mission from the Holy Father to aid the Church in the Holy Land and to strengthen among its members the practice of Christian life, I am committed to serving people of all faith.
The very name of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem points to the central focus of its spirituality—the Sepulcher of the Lord—the place where the glory of the resurrection is specially celebrated.
The Order, through its nature, is strictly religious and charitable in purpose.