MEMORIAL OF SAINT BONAVENTURE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
from Sister Catherine McAuley, Irish, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, in a letter to another sister, Dec 1840
I think sometimes our passage through this dear sweet world is something like the dance called Right and Left. You and I have crossed over, changed places, etc., etc. Your set is finished for a little time: you dance no more…I’ll then have a Sea-Saw Dance to Liverpool and a Merry Jig that has no stop to Birmingham…We have one solid comfort amidst this little tripping about: our hearts can always be in the same place, centered on God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back. Oh, may [God] look on us with love and pity and then we shall be able to do anything [God] wishes us to do, no matter how difficult to accomplish or painful to our feelings. If [God] looks on us with approbation [praise] for one instant each day, it will be sufficient to bring us joyfully to the end of our journey.