Generous Choices

 by Sr Nunother  

I’ve given a lot of thought to generosity, and it’s an interesting, multifaceted concept. There are the obvious generous actions of providing for the poor and acts of philanthropic gifts to worthy causes. Other choices spring from generosity of spirit, the giving of oneself in terms of time, emotional investment, and perhaps the most difficult for me — open, honest living. 

Embedded in our mosaic floor, near the altar, are medallions that depict verses from Isaiah 11. “The wolf will live with the lamb, the calf and the lion together, the cow will feed with the bear, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.”  My favorite is the bear and cow. The bear (in my imagination) appears to be thinking, “It isn’t easy, but I can do this,” while the cow exhibits an unbelievable amount of trust.

Does this scripture suggest that magic dust will suddenly sprinkle away the ungenerous parts of me — anger, selfishness, and jealousy for instance? Or does it illustrate the possible through the inward work of transformation.  God’s grace, my responsibility.

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About Sr. Nun Other

May 16, 2012, completed my 30th year as a Sister. It was both a milestone and just another day in an interesting journey. Some of those thirty years included singing with Gloriae Dei Cantores, marching in Spirit of America band, and serving on our Sisters Council. As a monastic, I live surrounded by beauty and within a frame work of opportunity and possibility. I'm sixty-four (much to my surprise) and extremely grateful for my life as a sister - past, present, and future.

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