Praised be Jesus Christ! We took the wise advice to stay up yesterday and sleep when the rest of Australia was sleeping…it worked very well!! We woke up refreshed, with very little “jet lag” feeling at all. The church we went to when we arrived was so peaceful, we decided to go early today in order to pray before Mass. We were able to spend more time at Bl. Pier Giorgio’s reliquary, as well. It has been a constant reminder since we arrived here in Australia of the gift of our consecration and the witness our life truly is to others – giving them strength just by who we are. Father John, the Dominican pastor of this parish, mentioned it yesterday and today at Mass that he is so grateful to see so many Sisters in Australia (this little church – which is quite small – was filled to the brim today with over 70 sisters at Mass). His prayer at the end of both Masses we have attended was: “May the witness of your life of consecration bear fruit for the kingdom.” May it be so. We hold each of you in our heart and especially our Sister Jubilarians – who are a witness of faithful love to us – we love you and prayed for you very specially today!
Sister Grace Helena,OCD
What a lovely afternoon the good Lord had in store for us. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the mendicant orders from of old (the Franciscans , Dominicans and Carmelites made the long trek down to Sydney Harbor to enjoy the Pacific Ocean from this side of the world. On foot I might add. You’d have been impressed Sisters! 🙂 Through downtown Sydney we went, weaving through the non-stop crowd of people which almost makes downtown Los Angeles look pretty good. The diversity of nationalities here is amazing. We even went through Koreatown.
In the midst of the noise and chaos, we happened to look up and see a sign for a Catholic Church and wouldn’t you know it…as we opened the doors to St. Peter Julian’s Catholic Church, they had adoration. What a stark contrast that was. From the busyness of city life to the quiet prayerful atmosphere of the Church. It almost seemed like two different worlds. Prayed for you Sister Julianna. We made it down to the harbor where we ended up being more of the tourist attraction than the famed Sydney Opera House which stands at the waterfront. To see a conglomeration of brown, gray and white habits is quite a sight!
The loveliest part of it all is the spirit of unity and camaraderie amongst the sisters here. Though we have only known each other for two LONG days 🙂 (minus the plane trip) there is a natural oneness that exists amidst the diversity. Truly beautiful. I must be honest in saying that I miss you all. We keep you in our hearts and prayers. God bless and good night!
Sister Mary Scholastica, OCD