T WAS A MAY-SEPTEMBER ROMANCE, and I was never again the same.
I met David in the spring of ’ 92 while he was staying with an acquaintance
of mine, and somehow I ended up showing him around the city one day.
We seemed to hit it off. I certainly enjoyed his company, and he seemed to enjoy
mine. We ended up spending lots of evenings together, and on the weekends we
tried to do the same. Then one night when we were saying good-bye, the kiss of
friendship turned into something much more.
From then on the summer was a blur. I aced the graduate classes I was
taking and seemed to get by on about three hours of sleep a night. That’s what
being in love can do. It was a remarkable time in my life. I felt as though I had
the whole world at my fingertips. I was daydreaming about what my life might
be like . . . what our life together might be like. I was nervous and fearful and
I don’t know why I’m fulfilled in this life of vowed chastity,
and that alone is Mystery to me.
Who you gonna love?
PHOTOS COUR TESY OF THE SIS TERS OF S T. JOSEPH, BADEN, PA.
Sister Mary Pellegrino, C.S.J. is
a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden,
She has been
a leader in her
served as president of Leadership Conference
of Women Religious.
BY SISTER MARY PELLEGRINO, C.S.J.
with other sisters
Union of Superiors
General Plenary in
2013 in Rome.