We heard the Bishop ask, “What do you ask?” and we novices, lying prostrate on the cold terrazzo floor, answered, “God’s Mercy and yours.” As the years have gone by, our bodies might not as easily get down on the floor, nor, (heavens!) get up, but our answer is still the same, “God’s Mercy and yours.”
God’s Mercy gave me Mom and Dad, John and Jim, and many more who were my first teachers in the Faith. Growing up in Custer, where Catholics were few, showed me that God’s Mercy was alive in our Protestant neighbors too. From day one, I loved books, the Church, and music.
Sister Aquin and the other Dominican faculty at Aquinas had a great influence on my decision to enter Marywood. They radiated a spirit of goodness, love for one another, and joy in teaching.
God’s Mercy then brought together this motley crew of girls, the “class of 55 – the raggedy remnant!” We are – Dolorita, Bernice, Joan, Joanne, Doris, Ellen Mary, Rosemary, and me.
Mercy strengthened me as I made my first lesson plans and faced my first Latin classes. God’s mercy took me to Bay City, Detroit, Guatemala, Sawmill, to persons who stretched my vision of God’s world. God’s Mercy gave me a Dominican family to grow up in, with the community emboldened by prayer and action
to strive for justice and peace. God’s Mercy is the word I can offer to inmates at our local prison and to our beautiful Associates as they grow into their Dominican vocation.
God’s Mercy has blessed me with a priest brother who is my daily inspiration.
A great Mercy this year has been the revelation that in each and every Holy Communion we receive the Mercy of Jesus, his Heart bruised for us, pumping His life into us, the body of Christ. Yes, the Name of God is Mercy.
And now, God’s Mercy accompanies us as our active work on the Missions has changed to a more contemplative life. And with trusting hearts, my hope is that in God’s time, His Mercy will take us all to Heaven!
2018-62 Years a Sister
Pray for people who are hurting, especially refugees and immigrants
Sister Ann Porter accompanies the Dominican Associates in the Frankfort, Michigan area.