Celebrating the Ordinary
In the Church’s liturgical calendar, the term “Ordinary Time” refers to all the weeks of the year that are not in preparation for or in celebration of Christmas and Easter. In some ways it offers each of us the challenge of making our ordinary days, ones of living out our faith. In living out the Dominican ideal of service, the Dominican sisters listen deeply to their call of integrating love of God and love of neighbor.
As Pope Francis in his latest Apostolic Letter, Gaudete et Exsultate, says, “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self. To depend on God sets us free from every form of enslavement and leads us to recognize our great dignity.” (GE 32)
The ministry of the Dominican sisters gives deep joy to those who serve others with great love. The Vision Statement of the Dominican Sisters states, “We reverence and affirm the inherent dignity of each person.” Sister Sally and her clients from Cedars of Marin find joy in preparing food for the mammals being cared for at the Marin Mammal Center. How might the ordinary of your day be your path to true ordinary holiness?