WHY ARE THESE NUNS SMILING?: THE SECRET OF DOMINICAN JOY!
A recent posting at the marvelous Disputations blog on the joy, "the charism we most need," reminded me of this wonderful quote from Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P.:
"Let God tend to the hopeless-looking things. You are a Dominican, a foreigner to worry and quite a close friend of gaiety...It seems to me quite entrancing to be able to pile into bed realizing there is someone as big as God to do all the worrying that has to be done. Worry, you know, is a kind of reverence given to a situation because of its magnitude; how small it must be through God's eyes...You can't get everything done in a day, nor can you get any part of it done as well as it could be, or even as well as you'd like it; so, like the rest of us, you putter at your job with a normal amount of energy, for a reasonable length of time, and go to bed with the humilating yet exhilarating knowlege that you are only a child of God and not God Himself."
And, that's why Sr. Virginia Mary and Sr. Maria of the Cross are smiling!