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Sister Ann shared a beautiful reflection on many experiences in her personal ministry and how they have informed and transformed her to a realization that “it is our innate longing to be a divine mirror.” In the book Universal Christ, the poem The Divine Mirror states, “A mirror receives and reflects back what it sees. It does not judge, adjust, or write commentary. We are the ones who do that. A mirror simply reveals and invites responsibility.” Mechthild’s insight suggests to us that God’s longing evokes and fuels our own, and those longings are initiated by God.

“The Divine Mirror is a wonderful description of what we call the ministry of spiritual direction. As we walk as the Divine Mirror of love, may each of us know the experience of trusting the wind on our wings in our practice of the art of deep listening,” said Sister Ann.

This year has yielded both challenges and gifts in ways we as spiritual directors practice. We have been dedicated to preserving a presence for our directees so that they feel supported while finding creative ways to remain open to new ways the spirit invites us forward.

The Sisters continue to inspire and lead through their willingness to be relevant and resourceful as they serve to advance their mission with hospitable hearts. We have all clearly been stretched by the events of this past year. There has been a collapse of ordinary life, exposure of fear-infused wounds, and a societal lesson in letting go. In reflecting on the gifts of witnessing new directors be welcomed into the Dominican family I remain fastened to the hope of God’s divine light shining to restore our world with the spirit of love.