while ministry without prayer canbecome addictive or even driven.
Being conscious of God in themoment of ministry is a gift. Myhead and heart know that Godis within each person I am serving and that God is also ministering to me. My spiritual director, aJesuit steeped in Ignatian spirituality, once suggested asking myselfevery couple of hours, “Where did Iexperience God in these past two orthree hours?” Sometimes, I regretfully realized, I had never thought ofGod or I’d been so busy I had nevereven thought of the question. So Iask in prayer for the awareness ofGod’s presence. You would think after being a sister for so many years itwould come easily! Thankfully Godis very patient with me.
We all have different personalities—even in religious communities,each of us is unique—and we alsohave different gifts and preferencesin how we communicate with andworship God. One of the wonderful things about living in an activecommunity is that we can incorporate our favorite prayer style intoour favorite ministry. Some of us arewired to relish those quiet momentswe take in prayer with God each day,while others favor the joy we receiveduring harried moments in ministryand the praise we can immediatelyoffer up in prayer. Just as manypeople reach for the cell phone intheir pockets each place they go, wetake our call to serve and prayers toGod in our “pocket,” too, integratingit into all we do.
Religious communities have
many ways to pray together and pri-
vately. My call is to share my gifts in
service where there are great needs
as a member of an active apostolic
religious community. For those I
minister to and with, do they experi-
ence or see that God is entering their
lives through my ministry? Hope-
fully both my personal and com-
munity prayer life are bringing God
alive as I follow in the footsteps of
Jesus to bring healing, compassion,
and liberation to a world in need as a
Sister of Bon Secours. =
A version of this article originallyappeared in VISION 2014. RELATEDARTICLE: VocationNetwork.org, “Prayersustains my vocation.”
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