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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

one year later


Last night we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Casey Sister-Brotherhood community.  What a journey it has been!  In the past 365 days, we've had roommates move in, roommates move out, had lots of community and business nights, prayed together, shared meals together, learned about conflict resolution, went on retreats together, shared laughs, and shared our personal journeys, struggles, and triumphs.  

Paul and I seriously started considering starting a community about a year and a half ago and had discussions with two good friends and our parish priest regarding logistics and our discernment process.  Our idea was to have a community of young adults who had participated in volunteer programs continue their intentional lifestyle as part of a community connected to our church.  

Other people supported our idea, so when an apartment opened up at our church for the community, we went on a tour to see how we liked the space.  I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious the apartment was and felt like everything was falling in to place.  Especially when I saw what would be mine and Paul's room (picture 1) and our dining room (picture 2).

Several weeks and many emails later, we had our commissioning ceremony in the monastery courtyard at our church.  I felt nervous and excited, unsure of what the next year would bring.  Soon after, our first housemates moved in.  (Our other two friends remain part of our community but have lived off site since our community started).

Reflecting on the past year in community and looking ahead to our next year together, I think this prayer/letter by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin best sums up my hopes and feelings for our future: 

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. 
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. 
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made by passing through some states of instability, 
and that may take a very long time. 

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually.  Let them grow. 
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on as though you could be today what time
-- that is to say grace -- and circumstances
acting on your own good will will make you tomorrow. 
Only God could say what this new Spirit gradually forming in you will be.  

Thanks for reading!

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