The Odor of Sanctity
By Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF
My neighbor had just sewn 50 lavender sachets for our line of Holy Aromas soap and scented products. I placed them in my van overnight. It was a cool night, and I thought that the shaved lavender/soap would not melt in my van. When I opened my van door the next morning the scent of lavender greeted me. Even after I delivered the sachets to our store, the sweet scent filled my van and the area outside of it.
As we have in the past, consecrated religious today look ahead to envision our future, with the same determination, and down-to-earth roll-up-your sleeves approach. We see many needs—new health needs, human trafficking and immigration problems, dealing with Earth and water rights and our own dwindling numbers and resources. I am not sure of what the future needs will be, but one thing I am certain of—whatever we let go of, whatever we choose, they will be marked by a sacred residue , the fragrance of love and compassion, like my lavender packets.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words. St. Francis never said this but just left it in our world.
Posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 by Sister Karen
I just got home from a Franciscan Conference in Cincinnati where we Franciscan sisters and friars shared ideas, prayer and celebrated the goodness of all creation. Thank you for your comments! Your comments humble me and are touching...peace to you. SK
I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
Posted @ Sunday, June 10, 2012 by Racheal
I love your way with words. It is wonderful sentiment and it is no wonder that I remember you fondly. My mother has a theory that, since my sugery, I remember more about the people that I truly cared about. That only makes sense of course. Apparently you are one of those people. Thank you for sharing yourself with with me all of those years ago through music and your sense of humor and simply being there. Many teachers try so hard to focus on those students that are in need of something extra. I don't feel like I was one of those students but still felt special to you as I suspect all of your students did. I am sure that St. Francis is proud :)
Posted @ Tuesday, June 05, 2012 by mary
Beautiful perspective and I am fond of the label as well.