Project: Personal Reflections on the Eucharist
By Sr. Genevieve Wetmore
On May 11, 1947 I had the most wonderful “first time” experience of receiving Jesus into my heart and life. As a child i took myself to Mass at nearby St. Peter’s Church and loved being there in that atmosphere of prayer and devotion. In October of 1956 I met a Sister of Charity who listened to my desire to become a “Sister.” On September 8, 1957, I entered Mount St. Vincent Novitiate and then on to become a lifetime early – childhood teacher. From my first year in 1960, at St. Margaret of Cortona, our young students were being prepared to receive their First Holy Communion. So it continued through the years and across the boroughs – school after school, parish after parish, family by family – His Presence permeating everywhere and enriching our lives in every circumstance.
I was changed and transformed by these beautiful trusting souls. Their Grace became my Grace as I grew into my life as a Sister of Charity, educator and friend. In my work with the RCIA candidates in the Diocese of Brooklyn, I also had the joy and privilege of preparing them for full representation into the Catholic Church. With an age range of “16-65” it was an inspiring experience to observe their sincere desire and with consent of their own will to welcome God into their own daily lives. As Godmother to many, I continue to pray for all those God has given to me. In recent years, during my ministry here at Mt. St. Vincent Convent, those residents unable to attend our Mass have been assured of receiving the Host on a daily basis.
Again, the Grace of each person becomes my Grace.
In a recent Homily on the Feast of St. Francis, it spoke of God’s all-embracing, self-emptying of his life for us … “Crib-Cross-Ciborium”
GRATITUDE AT THE CORE OF
ONES BEING. LOOKING AT
THE HOST PUTS
EVERYTHING IN PERSEPCTIVE –
ALL IS GIFT