Departure Day

Before I leave today and before I embrace the many moments that the future is awaiting me with, I would like to ponder my mission statement for this trip ahead:

I am going to Romania first and foremost as a young Christian woman. This truth prepares the way for all of my encounters; may they be filled with the respective understanding that we are neighbors, brothers and sisters in Christ. Surely, I am largely unfamiliar with the Romanian language and the culture, but I know that the people who I will meet today, tomorrow and over the course of the next couple of weeks, are feeling the same way I do. We are different in many ways, but we are essentially similar: we are children of God.

Today in mass, the priest read from Psalsm 105, and I am highlighting the verses 1 – 4:

“O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!

Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually!”

Truly, I am not traveling to Romania for my own good. As the Jesuits say, I am there For the Greater Glory of God, and with this phrase of guidance, may I succeed at being of service to those I will meet.

And off I fly.