I’m finishing up a near week long retreat at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. I lived in community with over one hundred Roman Catholic Sisters and Protestant clergy women. We gathered for a fifteen year reunion of three Women Touched by Grace classes, thanks to generous underwriting by a Lilly Endowment grant.
It’s been a glimpse into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Singing morning and evening prayers in women’s voices everyday.
Attending a writing workshop with poet/singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer. And yes, we wrote a song together.
So much laughter over cups of coffee.
Sharing stories of deep joy and deep sorrow the way that friends across time only can. Strengthened by the unique connection that women clergy and women religious share.
Watching Spring open wide.
Walking the labyrinth.
Being sung and blessed back into the world by the Sisters.
Oh, and of course, there were cupcakes.
Sister Ann Patrice has said it better than I can. This is indeed a glimpse into God’s beloved kingdom.