Hopefully, by now, you've read the article and watched the video clip of Anne Knight's Rite of Entrance as she became a Candidate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace last Sunday, September 23. It was a wonderful event, shared by Anne's family, friends, and Dominican Associates. The poignant ritual of entering the door of the Great Bend Motherhouse chapel to the warm welcome of the entire community was not only a symbol of Anne's desire to become a part of our community, but of God knocking on the door of Anne's heart - and on the door of each of our hearts as well.
But this was an especially wonderful occasion for us as Dominican Sisters of Peace around the world - not because a new member adds to our numbers, but because Anne's evident readiness, even eagerness, to join us is an affirmation of the lifestyle to which we've been called. It's a reminder that someone - many someones, in fact - "get it." Someone understands the attraction of a life lived with others, for others, and experiences that same attraction, as women religious have throughout the history of the Church. In the words of Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP, who preached at Sunday's ceremony, "Tonight can be a reminder to all of us of why we are here, why we have said 'yes' to God to participate in the work of building God's kindom, the work of proclaiming the Gospel of love and compassion."
Yes, the joy of Sunday's ceremony will stay with us for a long time, and so will the questions it raised: What are you seeking? For what are you asking? What doors stand ready to be opened to you? Go ahead. Knock!