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Hello, this is Sr. Terry……

[caption id="attachment_4937" align="alignright" width="200"] Blog by Sr. Terry Wasinger, OP, St. Catharine, KY.[/caption] Being Mindful Recently I became aware of how I answer the telephone and realized it is the same all the time. I started this many years ago, shortly after I had heard a talk on Mindfulness by a Buddhist nun from the Blue Cliff Monastery in the Catskill Mountains, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. She told us, "When the phone rings in our Monastery Office, at the first ring, we become mindful of the person calling even before we know who it is; at the second ring, we center ourselves in mindfulness, and at the third ring, we pray for mindful conversation between us.  And then, we answer the phone." I always answer the phone at the third ring, after becoming mindful of the caller, myself, and the conversation. And I always start:  "Hello, this is Sr. Terry." Calls within Scripture At Mass recently, in the first reading, we heard of two persons' response to a call. Saul was knocked to the ground by a great light from heaven and heard a voice saying, "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?" He asked, "Who are you, sir?" He listened and followed the instructions Jesus gave him. Then there was Ananias, who answered the call, "Here I am, Lord."  When he was given directions, he responded with a dismayed word, "This man has done evil things to your holy ones in Jerusalem." God told him: "Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine…" Ananias obeyed the call.  (Acts of the Apostles 9:1-20). There are several interesting responses to God's calls in the Old Testament, too. The young Samuel, when he heard his name called, went to his master three times before Eli realized it was the Lord calling. (1 Samuel 3:1-9)  And read the book of Jonah.  It has only four short chapters, but the conversations between Jonah and God about call and mission are riveting! Responding to God’s Call When I was a small child, my older sisters would read to me the mission magazines my father kept in the waiting room of his dental office.  I would always say, "When I grow up, I will be a nurse and go to Africa." My father died while I was in junior high, and I began to think I would have to become a Sister in order to fulfill my desire to be a nurse and go to Africa.  I wrote to the missionary orders for information.  Then I met my first Dominican Sister, Sr. Marietta Urban.  I told her, "Your habit is beautiful, but of course I am going to be a nurse and go to Africa."  She responded, "Isn't that interesting?  In Great Bend, our Motherhouse, just an hour's drive from here, we have a high school for girls thinking about a vocation, and we have the Dominican School of Nursing.  Also, in two years we are opening our first mission in Nigeria, West Africa." It seems that when I said:  "Hello", God replied, "Here is the plan."  And my childhood dream came true. How do you experience God saying "Here is the plan I have for you"?  If you want to explore whether you are being called to consecrated life, I encourage you to contact one of our Vocation Ministers.

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