January 22, 2007


One of my favorite movies is "Hook" with Robin Williams. In it, Robin Williams plays the part of Peter Pan. The movie begins with a grown Peter, a workaholic who has forgotten that he was ever Peter. Hook comes and kidnaps Peter's children hoping to lure Peter to Neverland for the battle of revenge they never had. There is a part in the movie where Peter remembers. It all comes back to him. He can fly and crow and fight. That was how I felt today. I rejoiced in remembering.

Pat and I took part in a workshop this weekend on psychosexual development. Sexuality in the broadest sense--an energy for life. It was very well done and left me with a whole lot to consider and to pray with. One of the things I am grateful for was the way the presenter, outside of the material, spoke of religious life. The days rekindled for me, helped me to remember, why it is I came to religious life and why it is I stay. I spent the day knowing that in every interaction I have the possibility to bring love. In that bringing, I am then gifted with the knowledge of that same love. The knowledge and mindfulness is a gift.

I know that I have lots of things in my heart and in my head that I need to let surface and sit with. But for tonight I hold with gratitude and love the gift of the journey.



  1. Oh wish you and Pat would think about having a little chat with those who would like to gather about your workshop. Sounds like a great boost for me to RE-MEMBER!

    Another day....another opportunity to say YES!

  2. The most important thing is to just sit with whatever your day may bring to you. This is one of the lessons I hold close to my heart from my novitiate experience. I'm happy to hear its come to you as well. Linda

  3. New to your blog. (I met you while leading a group of young women from St. Kate's down to Mississippi last week.)

    I read this entry with real appreciation. Seems to me that the religious life can only survive (and thrive) into the future as it embraces the goodness of sexuality as a hunger for "the other" that can find healthy and whole expression within the celibate life. Understanding eros as Audre Lorde does, as our inborn capacity to savor the goodness of being bodied creatures in a sensual world. Similarly, for those of us outside of "religious life" proper -- we who are married, divorced, single, widowed, divorced, etc. -- the church must learn how to affirm the holiness of sexuality in both its celibate and non-celibate embodiment. A task that I imagine will be best done when persons of good will and deep faith in all diverse expressions can find the courage and compassion to speak honestly and openly about this mystery in our lives ...
    Re-membering, after all, is also about re-claiming each "member" of our own body as holding the potential for holy joy.