In the face of suffering, we seek what is familiar and long for things to return to the way they were. But with eyes of faith another perspective can be considered. In both the books of Isaiah and Revelation the Lord proclaims, “Behold, I make all things new.” Is it possible He is doing so now in these troubled times?
Although God’s ways are not always perceptible, His promise has shone forth visibly throughout the generations and it continues even in our day. We see something new with each “yes” uttered by the young women who enter our community. We perceive His promise with each student’s head bowed in adoration. Buoyed by the unwavering faithfulness of our loving Savior, we go forth in the footsteps of St. Dominic, confident that Christ indeed makes all things new.
With great joy and thanksgiving, I share some visible signs of God’s promise in our midst:
Look up at the Sky and Count the Stars – Despite the challenges of the coronavirus, 18 new Postulants entered our convent doors on the feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth. (Corona means “crown” in Latin!) This “new life” brings our community to over 150 members. With the addition of another new teaching mission this fall at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Findlay, Ohio, 78 of our Sisters now serve as teachers and administrators in 24 schools nationwide.
- I Make All Things New – As the pandemic left the world sheltered at home and unable to attend Mass, our digital platform (goLEDigital.org) enabled us to livestream not only our community’s liturgies and prayers, but also our Profession Masses and Postulants’ entrance ceremony, opening these joyous occasions to anyone, anywhere, with digital access.
- Now It Springs Forth – The launch of our new Lumen Ecclesiae Learning Portal has extended our teaching to a wider classroom. Two new online courses are available to families and schools whether classes are held in person or remotely. These instructive, engaging, and professionally produced classes are taught by our Sisters as well as priests and faithful laypeople from around the world.
The flourishing of our community is reason for hope, but we cannot bear fruit without the sacrificial generosity of the lay faithful who assist us both spiritually and financially. Please prayerfully consider supporting us in our mission and be assured of our prayers for you and all those you hold dear.
May God bless you!
In Mary, Mother of the Eucharist,
Mother Assumpta Long, O.P. Prioress General