“Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on the world; and be the person you were born to be.” Blake Beattie
I often find myself thinking about the movie Pay It Forward and the story of a young boy who did three good deeds for others in need. In return all he wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going. As I walked back to work after a Starbucks run I met two of my colleagues on their way. For some reason I reached into my pocket and pulled out the gift card that I had just used and said, "I am not sure what is left on it so enjoy whatever it has." The two of them were so surprised and said that I didn't have to give them my card and I assured them that it was perfectly fine. As I continued my walk back to work I recalled the movie and thought that this was not only a wonderful idea but also a great Lenten practice. One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people. Isn't that what Lent is really all about -- helping us to become better people by prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving. Perhaps when Lent ends we can continue the practice of Pay It Forward!
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We (Sr. Pat and Sr. Jeannie) are the main writers of this blog. Each of us loves our Ursuline life and wants to share it with others. We both were educated by Ursulines our whole lives, at St. Philip Neri School in the Bronx, the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and the College of New Rochelle.
Currently we both are involved in education.
Sr. Pat is a teacher and campus minister at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle. She also serves part time as a member of our leadership team.
Sr. Jeannie is now principal of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in the Bronx.
We are both active members of our Ursuline community and are excited about the promise of the future.
Guest writers will sometimes be featured on this blog.
Ursulines are women grounded in faith, love for God, the people of God, the Church, and the earth. We strive to embody's Angela's spirit through prayerful living, attending to the needs of the people-especially women and children, promoting justice, peace and reconciliation. Inspired by the Gospel, we have committed our talents, indeed our very lives, to fostering change within the Church and society at large