faithfully, and listening to others, es-
pecially to people who are struggling.
As I reflect on my life as a Do-
minican sister, I’m reminded of an af-
ternoon I once spent with my young-
est niece, Marifaith, when she was a
7-year-old. She was quite a character,
always collecting rocks, insects, and
other creepy little objects and stick-
ing them in her pockets. This day,
she dug into her oversized school
uniform and pulled out a large shiny
rock in the shape of an egg. I was
relieved that this time it was not
something that flew or squirmed.
She asked me, “Aunt Terry, is
this a lucky rock or a wishing rock?”
Without much thought, I said, “I
think it is a lucky rock.” “Oh, rats,”
she spontaneously responded, “I
was hoping for a wishing rock. Oh,
how I wish I could fly.” “Marifaith,
a pilot and fly a plane.” She gave me
a bewildered look. “No, Aunt Terry.
Don’t you understand? I want to
fly like a bird.” Marifaith, still fresh
from God, had an active imagination
and a creative spirit.
Our imagination is what enables
wishing. When we no longer wish
or desire, our hope is lost. Marifaith
reminds me that, with God, we dwell
in possibility. I’ve tried to live my
life with a little of Marifaith’s spirit.
I strive to keep one foot in the here
and now—along with the poor, the
hungry, those yearning for God—and
the other foot in God’s limitless possi-
bilities, always asking what I shall do
with my one wild and precious life. =
SOMETIMES holding a baby
“Proud family watches sister’s first steps.”
“makes my heart yearn,”
writes Rickard, pictured
here with a colleague’s child.
Nevertheless, the vows
of poverty, chastity, and
obedience “are vehicles of
life for me,” she says.
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