In Prayer: Be a Testimony of Hope to the World!

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Vis Companion

Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration

“We must get the word out that Jesus is the center of our lives, that generosity and goodness are what the world thirsts for, that difference, diversity and dialogue are not dirty words but central to Trinitarian life at the heart of human relationships in community. We must be a testimony of hope to the world.” Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration

These words, from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) president, speaking at the closing of the Dallas Conference last Friday, inspire my prayer this day.

I wonder:
How do I make Christ the center of my life? What actions (and non-actions) does this inspire?
What do difference, diversity and dialogue sound like, look like in my community?
How do I embrace these as gifts from God?
What is the Trinitarian life at the center of all relationships? How do I recognize it? What is this mystery that informs, inspires, sustains my vision and my capacity to love?
How am I a testimony of hope in the world?

I invite you to pray with me today. Consider these questions; conduct your own compassionate investigation around this idea of “being hope” in the world.  Join me in holding all women religious, our male counterparts, and all who profess allegiance to this blessed, growing, aching, moving, evolving faith community called the “church” — that we might be signs of HOPE, LOVE, CHRIST in our midst.



To read the entire article about Sr. Weisenbeck’s address, click here.
For more information on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Leaders of Catholic Women Religious in the United States, click here.

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  1. Terrific response by Melissa to Sister Marlene’s talk! Thanks!

  2. Thank you Sister Patricia Teki! I wish I could have been there in person to hear her talk. Do you know Sr. Marlene?

    Peace, Blessings, Prayers, HOPE!
    Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde
    Vis Companion

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