What would you bring?

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

As I write this blog, I’m watching the rain turning our backyard into a swamp.  The rain is soft but steady and the water quickly gathers into a small pond.  I know that a rainfall like Harvey would flood our basement and house very quickly requiring us to evacuate.  After watching so much coverage of Harvey victims with their garbage bags holding their possessions, I got to wondering what I would pack if I had to evacuate quickly.  What precious items would be in my black bag?

The first thing that came to mind was the copy of my vows that I signed at my first and final professions. They define so much who I am today.  Then I thought of the small collection of pictures I culled out for use at my funeral- reminders of family, my Dominican Collaborative Novitiate crowd,  my good friends.  (I just stuck them in the envelope with my vows.)  I’d take two crosses hanging on my wall – one a resurrection cross given to me by a dear friend and the other that I received at my profession.  Another much loved mentor gave me a wooden statue of Dominic that she received at her profession in 1952. I couldn’t let anything happen to a Dominic who is as old as me.  I’d add a watercolor painted by another close friend.  Finally I’d stick some earrings that were my mother’s and my dad’s wedding ring into my stash.

As I reflected on why I’d take these items first I realized that they all remind me of relationships and events that have shaped in some way who I am… sisters, family, and friends. They are very valuable to me and would be lost forever if destroyed.  That would you take with you?  What memories and relationships do you hold dear?  My heart aches for all those who lost precious keepsakes in this recent flood and I pray that when the disaster is over, they can begin to gather some new mementoes.

Posted in Just Reflecting, News

7 responses to “What would you bring?

  1. Recently Sr.Gemma suggested in a Mission Group meeting that we think about “debagging” now so that others do not have to take up that task after us. That thought connected with yours beautifully for me. I GET TO TAKE SOME THINGS WITH ME! Well, not really but it helped in being more sure of my choices for moving on down my “Emmaus Road.”

  2. Thanks Barbara for reminding of what is important at a
    moment when disaster strikes. I would take the gold cross that was in my mother’s casket as I have carried it with me since 1957. I would bring my bible so I could read God’s words of love and not to be afraid. I would bring my tapestry icon of Our Lady of Tenderness.
    I would bring my Journal and two pens to write my gratitude list and pictures of my stepmother and dad Sisters and cousin Joan and dear friend of over 30 yrs.
    Fr. Ray Mann, OFM.

  3. Your sharing about your personal keepsakes takes me down memory lane and what I would do in case of having to leave my home. Right now I am not sure I really want to carry too many things along at all. One can’t take it with you when it is time to pass over to a new life beyond this world.

  4. It’s funny that this is today’s reflection. I talked to my coworker’s today about what it was like to experience Hurricane Katrine in 2005. I was limited to what I could bring from my home as my family and I had to be rescued by a small fishing boat and dropped off on I10 in New Orleans. I expressed my thankfulness and gratefulness throughout the entire experience. It was a very humbling experience and I have a greater appreciation for life.

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