Mercy at the Heart of Vocation, by Sister Camille D’Arienzo, RSM. From HORIZON, journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference.
We who are members of religious communities carry within us the heritage of our foremothers and forefathers who challenged authority for the sake of the dependent and discarded. We have learned from their strength to explore alternate ways of getting behind doors closed to us. We often know the ways to gain trust and help and to offer both when others’ needs arise. We can see wounds invisible to others, and we are not afraid to tenderly touch those who hurt, to offer mercy and a word of love.