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October 2016  
Director's Reflections
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The Fish Who Tried to Grow Arms

In The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo offers us this colorful piece of wisdom about discernment: "The instant fish accept that they will never have arms, they grow fins." In other words, we will never discover who we are meant to be until we accept who we are not. Most of us have tried hard to be someone we thought we could or should be in our grandest fantasies of ourselves, only to discover that it was not in our nature to be like that person we so admired. 

In high school, I played the trumpet and dreamed of being a professional musician ----  the next Louis Armstrong! Once I discovered that I did not have the disposition nor the natural talent necessary to achieve that goal, I could let go of my desire to be famous and instead focus on enjoying music and the companionship of my friends in the band. Once I could accept who I was not, I could freely embrace my true self and develop the gifts and talents I did have, making for a much happier me. 

Take some time to reflect on your relational life, career path, or lifestyle choices. Are these dimensions of your life nurturing your true self or blocking your path to authenticity and your real purpose in life? Are you at home with yourself, or are you trying to look like someone else? While people may say to us, "You can be whatever you want," why be someone you are not? When we decide that who we are simply is not good enough, and we strive to look like someone else, we become just like a fish that is trying to grow arms.

Sister Sara

Director of Vocations
New Team

From left, Sisters Lorraine RĂ©aume, Judith Benkert, and Sara Fairbanks.
We are delighted to announce that we have a new full-time Vocation Director, Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP, and a new part-time Vocation Promoter, Sister Judith Benkert, OP. 

Sister Sara will focus on the East side of the country, while Sister Judith, who is based in San Francisco, will focus on the West. 

We welcome Sisters Sara and Judith to their new ministry!

Dominican Quote

"The soul is in God and God is in the soul, just as the fish is in the sea and the sea in the fish."

- Catherine of Siena, Dialogue 2

An Invitation: Get to Know Us

We invite you to join us for Sunday Eucharist at
10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel on our Motherhouse campus, followed by a noon meal. 

To make arrangements for this or a visit at another time, please contact the vocation director at vocations@adriandominicans.org or call
Conni Lundy at 517-266-3530.
Join Us in Prayer

Official Prayer for the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order
God, Father of mercy,
who called your servant Dominic de Guzman
to set out in faith
as an itinerant pilgrim and a preacher of grace,
as we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order
we ask you to pour again into us
the Spirit of the Risen Christ,
that we might faithfully and joyfully proclaim
the Gospel of peace,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

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For more information, call 517-266-3537 or email vocations@adriandominicans.org.

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