365-Days-of-Blessings-Today is the anniversary of my promise of fidelity or temporary vows. Great years of community living, productive mission, awesome prayerful moments! Oh yeah–and some terribly catastrophic times. That first promise is truer today than it was years ago. My religious life began in the high drama of youthful romance with my God, and it continues with daily commitment. While anniversaries mark a special day on the calendar, they include 364 other days without which there would be no anniversary. And so today I praise God for the many 364 days I’ve experienced each year and these annual special days. The goodness of God has pervaded each day whether I realized it or not. Now so much for this blog. I need to celebrate this 365th day.

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  1. Claudia Sturm on August 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Happy Anniversary. God has blessed you and everyone you meet.

  2. Donna Paluf, SND on August 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for this, Valerie. You are right about the evolution of the commitment.
    August 15 was the 45th anniversary of vows for my group. Someone found that 45 is the sapphire anniversary. We did not get sapphire stone rings(!), but did wear blue, each in our own place of ministry, to celebrate the occasion!

  3. Sister Celine on August 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Very well stated, Sister Valerie. Makes me proud to be
    SND with you. God bless.

  4. Sr. Susan Kusz on August 20, 2014 at 12:02 am

    How very true, Sr. Valerie. Thanks for sharing your reflection … and … Happy Anniversary today!

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