Harvesting: An Encounter with God

Blog by Sr. Mai Dung Nguyen
Blog by Sr. Mai Dung Nguyen

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…

Three years ago, I went to a mystic retreat in France and stayed in a convent where a hundred acres of wheat fields grew in the back. The scene there was so beautiful that I was attracted to walk it and to stay there for meditation every day during that retreat.

My last day of the retreat was also the harvest day. Only one harvesting machine was brought to this field, moving from one area to another area. In the past, hundreds of farmers would work on bended knee, non-stop under the sun and heat, and would be able to harvest small areas of the field each day. With this machine, large areas of the wheat fields were harvested within one or two minutes, swiftly and neatly. It was really a technological revolution.

Becoming a Woman Religious

agriculture-1867864_1920Watching the machine harvesting wheat, I was reminded of Jesus’ message, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2). Today, religious life is still vibrant and transforms lives. In living this life, a woman religious becomes more aware of her gifts, talents and passions. She has opportunities to develop leadership skills and to gain a global vision of the world’s needs, which often results in bringing about personal transformation.

Are you being called to being a Prophetic Presence?

Religious life continues to be a prophetic presence in the world. As the needs of the world continue to change, new forms and ways of being a prophetic presence continue to emerge. Are you being called to consider being a prophetic presence as a “laborer in the harvest” as a Sister? Then I encourage you to contact one of our Vocation Ministers. The world needs your gifts, talents and passion to be a peaceful presence amidst the struggles of life.

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9 responses to “Harvesting: An Encounter with God

  1. A wonderful reflection, Mai Dung. You framed the question in a new and creative way. Thanks, Rose Marie Cummins

  2. Well written, and persuasive. You are certainly living the contemplative aspect of your vocation.
    Thank you, Mai Dung.

  3. Thank you so much for your beautiful message. I agree so many are called but only few are chosen. As an associate I am trying to be that chosen in the smallest way I can to share the prophetic presence.

  4. Thanks, Mai Dung, for these thoughts on a vocation to the religious life. I like how you wove the harvesting of wheat into your reflection.

  5. Thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comments, especially regarding the emergence of , “new ways and forms of being a prophetic presence”.

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