How far and wide does our faith reach? How can we ever know the fruits of our labor — or the lengths to which our way of loving and living might benefit another? What evidence, specifically, do we glean of our spirituality making its way beyond our immediate community, beloved home and neighborhood? What happens if we don’t ever know? What occurs when we do discover such spreading or inspired outcomes?
A few weeks ago I was invited to Tricia Kloeckl’s home in South Minneapolis to participate in a Centering Prayer experience and “New Home Blessing.” Fellow Visitation Companion and host at St. Jane House, Brian Mogren, extended the invitation to all of the centering prayer participants that convene regularly in the lay center of the Visitation Sisters’. Essentially, Brian was creating an opportunity, alongside Trish, to bring this prayer experience from North Minneapolis and St. Jane House, to the Southside, where Ms. Kloeckl just recently purchased her first home.
I thought, “If this kind of intentional living and praying can happen in South Minneapolis by a lay woman who loves and is inspired by the Vis Sisters, where else might it travel? Who else might be so moved? What else could occur that carries on this blessed charism of “Living Jesus!” modeled by our beloved Saints Francis and Jane?” – Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Vis Companion
The event struck me on a number of levels as one of grand and inspired proportions, as I realized the way that Salesian spirituality was spreading. As one of the original founding “Visitation Neighbors” (a lay person living in North Minneapolis who made a commitment to live the Salesian charism, praying and working alongside the Visitation Sisters); Trish was now bringing her faith and way of living in the community beyond the immediate reach of the anchoring order of nuns who so inspired her on the Northside.
We prayed in the space, sitting in silent contemplation and meditation; communicated our prayerful intentions arising from our quiet; moved through the house in ritualistic fashion, speaking words and participating in gestures of blessing for each room; held images of hope and joy in our minds for all those who would find “rest and delight” in this space; and as always, shared a bit of food and fellowship. And it was awesome as we imagined the possibilities! I thought, “If this kind of intentional living and praying can happen in South Minneapolis by a lay woman who loves and is inspired by the Vis Sisters, where else might it travel? Who else might be so moved? What else could occur that carries on this blessed charism of “Living Jesus!” modeled by our beloved Saints Francis and Jane?”
This is my prayer for today. Please join me in reflecting on, or meditating about how each of us might also carry out, in some small way, a Salesian act that is simply: Love in Action.
What follows are photographs taken by Brian Mogren of this event. Enjoy!