Dear Friends,

SheepHave you ever been to a sheep farm? Once as a young girl, I remember visiting my cousins’ sheep farm in Andover, N.J. and being amazed to see all the sheep. Believe me, they really only listen to the voice of their shepherd. I tried to get their attention but to no avail.

“The sheep hear his voice and follow Him.” It made me think: do I know and recognize the shepherd’s voice? IF I do, then do I listen and follow? Have I heard the shepherd say to me, “I have come so that you might have life and have it more abundantly”? For us ,it is right there in black and white.

As I travel around because of my ministry as assistant vocation director, I have the opportunity to meet many individuals. Wisdom and age has afforded me the gift to recognize the Gifted Givers and the Grouchy Grabbers. No matter what our challenges, I would have to say that I have an abundant life. The question is do I realize it and give thanks for it, or do I want more? Having had some third world experience in Haiti, I must say that sometimes, ‘Less is More!’

I have seen people rejoice at receiving a pair of shoes or pants; a dress or shirt; some canned goods or a piece of candy. They are focusing on the abundance not the scarcity. And so their smile is as broad as the side of a barn!

When I look at what I have in my life, do I see the abundance or do I have scarcity vision? Friends, I say it again, we have been blessed with abundance in our lives. The problem is that sometimes we forget to hear the words of the Shepherd: “I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Spend some time this week listening, then listing ALL the abundance in your life — no matter what form it takes. I think you will find yourself in a much happier and positive place. IF not, then try it for another week…practice makes perfect!

Till next week,

Sr. Theresita

P.S. Blessings to the discerners who were with our Sisters in Grand Prairie, Texas this past weekend. If you’re interested in a Discernment Retreat with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, please visit Vocation Events.

Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach, assistant national vocation director for the CSFNs, shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail tdonach@nazarethcsfn.org  or call 847-298-6760 ext. 223.

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