A Reflection by Sister Mariel Ann Rafferty
It is a cold, brisk winter day. I have paused at this bench in the courtyard of our Mission Helper Center. Not too long ago, I sat on this bench as I grieved the death of Sister Helen Hiehle, my dearest friend of 43 years. The bench became a special place for me in the deepening realization of Helen’s joy in seeing the face of God.
I wonder how many people have sat here during the spring and summer months…a few teens preparing for confirmation, perhaps…someone receiving guidance from a spiritual director…a novice meditating on her call to serve God….A Sister Jubilarian reflecting on her sixty or more years as a Mission Helper…a mother concerned about her teenage children…. someone praying for the courage to approach another for reconciliation…a young man or woman discerning a call to become a missionary!
Listen! Is Jesus inviting you to “Come aside and rest awhile”? Come! In your imagination, sit awhile on this bench with Jesus. Take a few minutes to speak with Him in this sacred place and be sure to listen.
You will be surprised at all that stirs within your heart!