Growing Season
By S. Andrea Koverman
We are smack dab in the middle of growing season, and perhaps you may be, too. Long ago soil was tilled, and seeds were planted, monitored and supplied with the elements that they needed for optimum growth in anticipation of a bountiful harvest. Though no one watered you or exposed you to full sun (we hope), your parents, teachers, guides and mentors have been tending to your needs and watching you grow into a young adult. Most likely, they have also advised you about what college/university you should attend or what career they think would be best for you. And who is better suited for that? They have the wisdom gleaned from both successes and failures in their own life experiences, as well as the insights about your strengths and capabilities from having been with you from the beginning, witnessing and contributing to their cultivation. That is a priceless blessing not to be underestimated. 

Information from the people who know you best is useful when discerning a major life decision, but it is also important to remember that only you can know what is in your heart – what your deepest desires are. Just as it would be fruitless for a farmer to try to convince a tomato seed to grow into a watermelon, trying to be what you are not, especially to please or fulfill the expectations of someone else, will not be fruitful for you in the long run. The pressures young people feel from society’s definitions of what success is or from feeling their heart pulled in a direction other than what those closest to them are expecting can feel like a burden too heavy to break through. And sometimes you don’t find out something isn’t right for you until you try it out.

Be patient with God’s time. Pay attention to when you feel excited, purposeful or content with your studies, work or other activities and those times that you don’t. Hold all these things and ponder them in your heart as Mary did (Luke 2:19) and trust that God will help reveal the unique way that you will grow into who you have been created to be to live a happy, fruitful life. 
Behold, a Millennial Nun Responds
In the following Global Sisters Report article, S. Tracy Kemme offers her perspective - and insights from her peers - to a recent article on millennial nuns. Read it here: https://www.globalsistersreport.org/column/horizons/trends/behold-millennial-nun-responds-56418
SCs Making Headlines
Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa) recently paid tribute to Sister of Charity Joanne Burrows and her years of service as the university’s president. S. Joanne was elected to the SC Leadership Team this spring and began her term as councilor on July 1, 2019.

S. Tracy Kemme’s theological reflection, U.S. Policy at the Intersection of Immigration and Racism, was published in the summer issue of LCWR’s Resolutions to Action .

Faith in Film and Literature
For a light-hearted story about a girl discovering and owning who she is despite pressure to the contrary, check out Moana from Walt Disney Animated Productions. And for a real-life example of a young man discovering who he is while being successful at who he was not, read In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience by Fr. James Martin, SJ.
Share the Journey: Stories at the Border
Throughout the year the Sisters of Charity have featured articles on how Community members have been “Sharing the Journey” with migrants who cross our borders from Central America. The following is the second article in a three-part series describing the work of SC volunteers while on the border, and some of the experiences they and the migrants had. Read it here: https://www.srcharitycinti.org/2019/08/07/share-the-journey-stories-at-the-border/
Calendar
August 12-17, 2019
Leadership Council of Women Religious national gathering, Scottsdale, Arizona

August 15, 2019
Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

 August 24, 2019
S. Whitney Schieltz’s First Profession of Vows, 4 p.m., Motherhouse chapel
The Sisters of Charity Community came together on July 27 to honor the anniversaries of Sisters celebrating 60, 65, 70, 75 and 85 years of service in 2019. A total of 32 Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are celebrating special anniversaries with the Community this year. 
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