Claim the High Calling

By Sr. Nun Other

Come, labor on. Claim the high calling angels cannot share.

These beautiful words, written by English lyricist Jane Bothwick, perfectly describe the pilgrimage of a soul. I can say, in the best sense of the idiom, I lead a double life. That is, I walk a practical journey from one endeavor to another,  attending morning office, washing dishes, weeding the garden, or perhaps checking out a sunset on a near-autumn evening.

Running simultaneously with the practical is my individual, inward spiritual journey. There I search through the everyday and ordinary for what Jesus called the pearl of great price. I wonder if it’s really “the absence of” that I search for: the absence of fear, doubt, ego – whatever it is that obscures my vision and hinders the work of God. The longer I journey, the more perspective changes. What seemed so important just a few steps ago, has lost significance. The pearl is less elusive and just there, within my reach.

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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.

One thought on “Claim the High Calling

  1. thank you so much-I’m just 90 and each day i receive a helpful and a specific encouraging word,plus we watch the daily mass on EWTN and receive so much salvation history plus specific subjects -like a few days ago on forgiveness-and new to me the constant teaching on Mary the Mother of our Lord-which I find so helpful-like finding peace in saying the rosary,etc.yet I confess I often think yes,this is all helpful knowledge but I don’t change as Jane often reminds me-so,its daily repentance and moving on in hope.

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