Recently I read a meditation that reminded me of the many times in our formation years we were told to be single-minded. Not surprisingly when I looked for the author’s name, it was a Sister of Notre Dame! There’s something about the straight forwardness of being single-minded that leaves no room for waffling. A hymn that “says it like it is” is Rory Cooney’s “We Will Serve the Lord.” The composer repudiates pleasure, idols, gold, power. The refrain rejects all siren calls: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
Our foundress, Sister Maria Aloysia Wolbring, wrote succinctly with single-minded focus. No room is left for alternatives. Here are a couple examples: “We should do all things in the name of Jesus.” “The dear God has always taken care and will certainly continue to do so.” May we Sisters of Notre Dame, our Associates and readers do all in the name of Jesus with trust that God will always take care of us.
Nice to go to the roots!