By Sister Mary Jeanne Davidson
We the 2020 – 2021 Jubilarians, express our overflowing GRATITUDE!
Welling up in our hearts for God’s faithfulness!
And for YOU, our Sisters; Charmaine and Council Members,
Sisters Celeste and the Jubilee Planning Team
Sisters Rosemary Howarth and Barbara Bowers,
And the awesome Technology Team! Making possible
OUR VIRTUAL, LIVESTREAM, DOUBLE-FEATURE– ZOOM-JUBILEE-CELEBRATION!
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 30-MAY 1ST, 2021!
We, Jubilarians 2020-21, are truly grateful for each and every one of you!
For all your efforts in making this JUBILEE an OUTSTANDING faith-inspired EVENT!
We especially give thanks for:
- The Oneness we experienced in SSND Community!
- The Joy welling up to God in our hearts
- The Gift of seeing and being in touch on screen with Diamond and Pearl Jubilarians!
- With Gold, Ruby and Diamond!
- With Gold and Silver Jubilarians!
And express our deep gratitude for:
- Beginning our two-day celebration with being invited into a time of Retreat!
- Inspiration from Sister Rosemary Howarth’s PowerPoint….leading us to holy ground,
- Being able to enter into Sacred silence,
- Opening our eyes…our being…to treasures within…and treasures without…
- Moments of simply being…of creation and re-creation
- Eyes and heart looking into the face of Love...turning over times of lostness
- And being found…held In the gaze of God…God’s gratuitous, undying LOVE for us
And we extend our Thanksgiving to:
- Barbara Bowers who captured the great secret of Jubilee!
- “God coming to us disguised as our lives!”
- Calling us by name; ’God’s Beloved Spouse’
- Telling us that we are loved……beautiful..
- Even in knowing our times of weakness…
We are not alone…We belong to SSND's International Community
- All woven together…
- Life touching life…
- Needing one another…Gifted and Called in the power of the Spirit!
- To row together facing the wind and the waves,
- United in the very center of each other,
- And in the heart of God!
THEN ENTERING TOGETHER THE HEART OF EUCHARIST:
Having come in touch this Jubilee Day with God’s LOVE for us,
- And turning over in our hearts, ‘our love for God‘
- Sister Charmaine awakened us anew to God’s unconditional Love holding us, carrying us!
- Calling us in YAS for a radical following of Jesus!
- And the assurance that “our love for God frees us to respond boldly!”
- To be transformed and to transform our world!
- To bring equality and healing,
- To go forth unafraid, extending love and forgiveness.
- FOR GOD IS WITH US!
- OUR SISTERS IN THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM ARE WITH US!!
- And WE, FILLED WITH JUBILEE JOY, ARE UNITED TOGETHER “GIVING THANKS!”
- AND SAYING “YES“!
- IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT IS….
- WE ARE UNITING IN THE CALL OF ONENESS IN OUR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY!
- TO LIVE INTERCULTURALLY!
- CONFIDENTLY, EXTEND BLESSED THERESA‘S BLESSING UPON ALL!
Thanksgiving from Your 2020 – 2021 JubilarIians