Today is November 11th. A day to pause and remember during this month of memory and thanksgiving.
Since the first World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, today has been known as Remembrance Day in many parts of the world. In the United States we mark this day as Veteran’s Day. At breakfast this morning we sang Anchors Aweigh to Sister Mary Robert, a navy veteran of WW II.
In my family, today is the day we celebrate the birthday of my eldest brother Joe.
In my CSJP community life, November 11th has two very special meanings. On this day last year, we said goodbye to Sister Kristin, a vibrant community member who I was privileged to get to know and love deeply during our two years together on the Leadership Team.
And six years ago, on November 11, 2011, I professed my final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace.
Our lives together in communities, as families, nations, and part of our global community are filled with so many moments, big and small, that make us who we are and bring the best out of ourselves for the sake of the whole. Sometimes we dwell on the problems, the challenges, the things that worry us or aren’t quite going right, not to mention the very real existence of evil and the darkness that exists along with the light. We need to pay attention to those messy bits, but even more we are called I think to stop and smell the flowers, to celebrate the gift of life and the joy and laughter and hope and very breath we breathe.
Blessings upon blessings if you think about it, really.
And so I pause this November 11th to remember …
I pause this November 11th to give thanks …
I pause this November 11th to pray for peace, for love, and for joy for all of God’s creation.