One of the reasons I became a Sister was to be free to go wherever there might be people in need. I dreamed of being a missionary and serving the poor in remote areas of the world. Thursday, April 30, is the feast of Marie of the Incarnation, a true Ursuline missionary canonized just last year.
Wife and mother, business woman, religious and missionary, this French Ursuline of the 17th century became one of the first Sisters to go to Canada in 1639. She had an overwhelming sense of mission. “My body remained within the confines of our monastery, but in spirit I was transported to the Indies, to Japan, to America, to the East, to the West….”
As we celebrate St. Marie’s feast this year, 10 young women will gather with us to prepare for a modern-day mission experience in the summer. Some are going to serve a week in New Orleans at an art camp for children. Others will go to Laredo, Texas, to work with children, the elderly and immigrants. Sr. Jean and I will accompany them in both places, sharing a spirit of service, spirituality, sisterhood and simplicity. It’s not necessary to travel very far to be missionaries today. We are excited about our summer plans to share with those in need. (Stay tuned, as our volunteers will be blogging about their experiences here in Backlit with Joy.)