Looking Deeper

 
Each spring we add a brood of chicks to our small flock of egg-laying chickens. I visited the babies a little late and they were no longer downy and adorable. They were scrawny teenagers with patchy feathers that appeared to be applied with glue stick. Patrolling them, however, was a rather ravishing mother hen.

As I watched, it occurred to me that chickens are disrespected. Here are examples: hen party (gossiping women), scratching out a living (earning enough to just get by), chicken feed (meager amount of money), chicken-hearted (cowardly), hen-pecked, and madder than an old wet hen.

Yet Jesus used the image of a hen as the ultimate protector. From Matthew 23:37: How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. I’m reminded that I do not see as God sees. When I judge and dismiss based on appearance, I’ve lost a wonderful opportunity for personal enrichment and a deeper understanding of life.

 
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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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