Yesterday the group of RSCJ in Rome preparing for their perpetual vows attended a general audience with the Pope. They had seats near the front, and as the Pope walked to his seat, greeting and being greeted by people on all sides, they managed to catch his attention and talk briefly. He knew our sisters in Argentina, and asked how many novices they have in that country. When told there were none right now, he said You must do something about that - repeating this for emphasis - before adding Your charism is beautiful!
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Thanks to a friend's Facebook post, I've just discovered this song by Amy Grant. Written from the perspective of a young, pregnant Mary, it speaks of fear and incredulity at God's choice and call, intermingled with strong faith, and trust in that same God's wisdom and enduring presence.