We are currently reading selections from a book titled Hope in the Midst of Darkness. Each selection is written by a different sister from among the many communities and congregations which are members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious which produced this book. I would like to share from a piece written by Lorelle Elcock, OP, from Ossining, New York. Sister Lorelle chose to tell the story of her community being formed when three congregations came together and, in the process, chose their new name as the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Having made that decision, she reflects:
We increasingly recognize some of hope’s many facets – remembrance, attentiveness, belief, trust, and emptiness. A posture of hope challenges us to remember God’s presence and promise in other times of struggle and to be attentive to what new energy is emerging. Hope calls us to believe and trust that God’s love will be revealed in an unimagined new reality … Hope enables us to take the next best step that our limited vision suggests. Ultimately, hope urges us to embrace the emptiness of receptivity and utter dependence on God. As Wendell Berry poetically expresses, ‘we pray…to be quiet in heart and in eye clear. What we need is here.’
A Psalm reading for this day brought another vision of hope, from Psalm 119:
Your promise is sweeter to my taste than honey in the mouth.
Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.
You are my shelter, my shield; I hope in your word.
If you uphold my by your promise I shall live; let my hopes not be in vain.
We sing the last line above at our monastic profession. These words remind us that our hope is in God’s promise of life. The remembrance of God’s faithfulness in the past enables our community to move into the future trusting God.
Where do you find hope in the midst of darkness?
Next week: Cultivating a reserve of hope, another reflection from Hope in the Midst of Darkness
See also: Green twigs of hope, a previous reflection from Hope in the Midst of Darkness