2022 Summer Appeal
Of all the change St. Julie Billiart wrought in this world, not only in her own time but in the hundreds of years since she walked among us, one change in particular is often overlooked. And it’s understandable why. So many schools have been built, so many children educated, so many missions undertaken, that the headlines in our mind’s eye are of these things.
But there is something quieter, something more profound, that Julie gave us. And that’s the way we pray.
|Recording from Prayer Gathering on August 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.|
In her day, prayer so often was structured, duty-bound and rote. Julie changed this. She offered her Sisters a new way of prayer, one that was conversational, full of warmth. It emphasized praying from the heart. Just as we don’t use fancy words and grammar to converse with those we love, so too should we not feel compelled to use special language in our prayers with God. We should talk to God, Julie said, as we would talk to our mother or father. Respectfully but simply. Without airs and truly.
With our students and friends, we have tried to share this way of prayer. Such prayer is a gift. And as you have shared your gifts with us, so too do we want to share our gifts with you.
All around us, there are the strident voices of discord. Of anger. Of division. Prayer, as St. Julie understood it, and as she taught us, is the reverse. And as such, prayer provides a foundation for measured, thoughtful, purposeful and loving action. We pray, then we act.
In this month of July, in this month of St. Julie’s birth, I hope you will pray with us in the manner of Julie. Pray for what is important to you. Pray as you would talk with a loved one. Such prayer is in the quiet and separate space we reserve for God, and that is calming, and that is liberating, and that makes the world a better place.
Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN
With you, we change lives
With the support of generous friends like you, we are able to continue our mission of educating and taking a stand with those in poverty— especially women and children.
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