I apologize to the other 3 in this picture, as I cannot name them, but I had a great wonderful surprise looking at pictures put on by St Thomas Office of Spirituality yesterday... there was my daughter, Little Sister Hallel, smiling at me from WYD! Yes, Susan/Hallel is a former Catholic Studies graduate from St Thomas, and Bishop Cozzens was a priest friend of hers while she studied in Rome and throughout her schooling and call. He was shown in the other picture they shared and was also there at WYD in Krakow, Poland! I imagine these girls are Catholic Studies students also.
It is such a Joy to see my girl as we have not gotten a real hug since a year ago Easter in Kansas City at the Lumen Christi/Light of Christ Monastery. I recently had a picture she sent along with one of her rare notes, because they accidentally made too many copies of the picture. Otherwise it is kind of a sinking feeling in how little we see her, so a picture here and there of her glowing smiling face is a huge hand out to lift us up! Yes, she reminds us of the sacrifice both she and us make with her call to be a Little Sister of the Lamb stationed in Rome for two years, Marseilles, France before that, and Saint Pierre, France before that. She is on the road today - driving 3 days back to their home base at Saint Pierre, France for a few months. "I will be in St Pierre with the whole community until mid-September and after that... God only knows." Hallel wrote this in a small note sent with that picture I mentioned. How we pray that she could come to live in the one house in the U.S. - Lumen Christi!
When I showed John the picture I came across of Hallel with some St Thomas students - he gazed at it a long time! How he loves his Susan! Their two journeys are so tied together, as we surprised her in August of 2009 in flying to France in just 24 hours notice to attend her taking her habit and changing her name from Susan to Little Sister Hallel! "Every time someone says my name they are giving God the highest praise!" Want to know more? Read Psalms 145-150 they are the Hallel Psalms!
The transformation brought a river of tears and so much JOY! Yes, the two can come together! Talk about smiles from the heart!
Helping her brother walk - much like Jesus taking the hand of St Peter today and helping him back to the boat in the midst of the storm called brain cancer!
One last one to give me a lift today!