In just a matter of two months, the 27th class of lay missioners will be beginning courses at Casa San Salvador, with new mission candidates who will be continuing to discern where Christ is leading them through their studies in subjects including theology and Franciscan Spirituality. Just across the street from us, another group of individuals are also taking formation courses in theology and philosophy – the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin Matara, religious sisters also preparing to further understand God’s call in their lives.
This past Thursday, we were able to share a meal and conversation with our neighbors the Servants of the Lord at their home. Since we also had been planning our Discernment Days’ Sorbet Social for the very same evening, following our meal the sisters and the FMS community walked across the street to Casa San Salvador for a tasty ice cream treat.
It was interesting to hear conversations across the room as all of us discussed the significance of the logos and symbols of their organization. At my table the sister shared with us the Cross of Matara which the sisters wear around their neck and what each symbolized in relation to their charism and mission, how their gray habits symbolized Christ’s humanity and mission on earth, whereas their blue aprons represented his divinity. Across the room, at another table an FMS domestic volunteer could be heard telling the sister about our the FMS tree, how the tree trunk is made up of two people emphasizing our partnership and community approach to mission.
Overall it was a blessing to be able to spend this time with neighbors, to be able to contemplate our roles as religious and lay and how we work together towards helping others to know Christ’s humanity and mission.