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Sr Teresita Marcelo finds a call to respond every day

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Sr Tess, who until March was ministering at St Columba’s College, Essendon, in Victoria is again a Councillor of the Sisters of Charity of Australia.

The events, experiences, even “miracles” that happened to me during my ministry at St Columba’s College community are reflected in the introduction to Voices from the Heart by the former Principal, April Honeyman. “Prayer is a powerful means of expressing our faith…. The charism of the Sisters of Charity is based on Ignatian spirituality. It gives us a story to enter (daily); a language to speak; a way to pray; and a face of God to see”  wherever we may be.

One of the teachers gave me a poster which I have placed in front of my desk, and the words from Mother Teresa surely help me when life gets complicated: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you… and always trust in God’s ways… it may not be your chosen way….”

I thank God every day for our RSC motto: “The love of Christ urges us.”

Photograph: Tim Bauer

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

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