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The Olympic Passion

February 16, 2010

By Sister Sheila S.

This is a wonderful year…the year of the Winter Olympics and this year hosted by our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, Canada.  I love it and I can’t seem to get enough of viewing the compititions, hearing the stories of the athletes and sharing with friends about the amazing people who dedicate their lives to their sport and have earned the right to represent their country in these games.  What dedication…total and complete to one goal….being the best in their particular field of competition.  I often wonder if I would or could be so totally dedicated.

At dinner with friends the other night we got to talking about the athletes’ total dedication.  One sister suggested that in some way it is very much like religious life.  Feeling a distinct call from God, we freely dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of this vocation.  We give ourselves totally and completely to the commitment we have made.  We live our vowed life with focus, purpose and passion.  Our eyes are set on God, and in the Sisters of Mercy, to the service of the poor, sick and uneducated, especially women and children.  We want to be the best, to serve in the best way possible, to have an intimate relationship with our God and to engage in a community life where each feels supported and cared for and is nurtured to be the best.

It takes work and there are times when we are not at our best.  We encounter the spills and loss of interest, the tiredness and moments when we just want to throw in the towel, just like any athlete…afterall, we are all human.  But the passion that resides within and the encouragement of others most often bring us around once again to our purpose, our reason for doing what we do.  It is then that we are able to continue the pursuit of being the best and doing our best in the place to which God has called us.  Once again the energy returns and we are back on the path.

Like the athletes, each of us has to find her/his passion in life and from that will flow the energy needed to do the hard work that is required to be the best in her/his chosen path.

Do you know people who are on fire with passion about their chosen path in life?  What does that look like? Where is your passion and what will you do with it in your life?

Enjoy the Olympics as you ponder these questions and may your Lenten Days be blessed in unexpected ways.

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