Sr Maureen McDermott: Looking back on 2019
So this is Christmas and what have you done?
Christmas is a time for reflection, so the Catholic Voice asked twelve prominent Catholics to share their thoughts on 2019
Highlight of 2019
The way people responded to those in need. We have witnessed many forms of devastation but outweighing that has been the generosity, goodness and encouragement of others. In this year of drought, the resilience of the people has touched my heart.
A low point
Watching SBS news and feeling the pain, suffering and heartache of so many people, especially children, living in poverty, war and violence.
A professional achievement
Ministry with the communities of Ardlethan and Ariah Park. These wonderful people are ever ready to help, share and come together. They gather to celebrate, grieve and build up their communities in whatever way is best.
A personal achievement
Endeavoring to live a more balanced, healthy, contented, spiritual and fulfilling life. In doing so, I find myself more present to people with whom I minister, my community, family, friends and myself.
Something I have learned
That whatever happens, nothing can destroy the conviction that God is present and can be discovered and experienced anew in the nitty-gritty of our lives and personal experiences.
A news event that affected me
The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral. With this occurring in Holy Week the images of a charred cross still standing amid the smoky remains reminded me that Hope will prevail, that new life will emerge, not only for the cathedral but for all.
How I approach 2020
With renewed serenity and trust, not only because of God’s graciousness towards me but with the inner assurance that all will be well. The love of God will envelop me.
In the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we will be sharing daily reflections looking back on 2019. You can find the other reflections here.