Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church

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Sister Mary Augustine

75 Years

Jubilee is a time to be grateful, to reflect, and to acknowledge “Him who has done great things to me.” Knowing God is present in my life and in those I encounter evokes great joy and gratitude. While I was reflecting on my years of religious life, the one thing that remains true is the importance of ministering to the sick and dying. It was during these moments that I felt God’s presence. I am reminded that time spent with the dying is an answer to God’s call.
Some years ago, I visited a woman (whose name was June.) Her family and I knew each other well, and they invited me to come to her home during her final days. The very last time I went to visit her was also her last day before joining her God. Her family stood around her bedside and prayed while I held her hand in mine. Calmly and with a certain gentleness, she took her final breath. This memory emphasizes my love for ministering to the sick and dying. It truly resembles God’s call to me to help those when they need it the most.
Among the many things that I hold close to me from my years as a Sister of St. Joseph is the support from my family – both spiritually and educationally. It was through my community and their support that I was able to grow. My spiritual growth is due, in large, to the opportunities that were afforded to me. I have always appreciated these opportunities, as they were gifts of untold merit.
Today, as I walk my journey,
I know He is always with me.