When we think of Dorothy and her hope we are reminded of her last words quoting from the Beatitudes. And when we think of the Beatitudes we are usually drawn to who is being blessed and why they are blessed. As we center ourselves in God’s gracious presence, we pray with Dorothy a prayer written by Ted Loder:
O Holy One
I hear and say so many words,
yet Yours is the word I need.
and help me listen;
and, if what I hear is silence
let it quiet me,
let it disturb me,
let it touch my need,
let it break any pride,
let it shrink my certainties
let it enlarge my wonder.
I remember Dorothy’s smile. It revealed a woman who knew herself as blessed by God. To bless is not so much to “make sacred,” as it is to acknowledge the sacredness that is already there. Dorothy saw all of creation as sacred because she recognized God’s blessing in it. She often looked at creation and spoke, “I care about you.” She repeated the same to herself as blessed by the Beloved.
Dorothy never gave up HOPE that a person or structure could change. She lived Henri Nouwen’s words:
“Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply.”
With John 15:16 we pause and listen: “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit.”
Dorothy, we thank you for pouring yourself out as the ultimate sign of your HOPE IN THE BELOVED.
Written by Sr. Judi Clemens, SND. Sr. Judi served in Brazil from 1968 to 1990. She lived in Coroatá, Maranhão, in community with Sisters Joan Krimm, Jo Depweg and Dorothy Stang. Her last mission in Brazil was in Caxias, Maranhão, were she served as Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator. Currently Sister serves on the Ohio Provincial Team.