Disaster? or Opportunity?
Many of our present parish will remember with gratitude the good education and care they have received from them. There will be less awareness of the unseen influence of the sisters’ life of prayer, even though this is just as important and life-giving as the visible and tangible education process. What – we puzzle – is God doing in the steady decline of religious Orders? The answer: It is the age of the laity. There was a comfort in the days when you could sit in the benches at mass, hear the preaching yet feel safe in that there were priests and religious in abundance to lead God’s work. It is no longer so. You have the Holy Spirit. The baton has been handed on to you.