In this short video, singer and songwriter Sarah Bauer visits the Dominican Sisters in Justice, IL to find out more about the community and spend a day living their life!
Sarah, whose goal in life is to “challenge young people to dream big and to recognize the great plans that God has for their lives,” performed at World Youth Day 2005 in Germany and has produced several albums. (Her website is Sarahbauer.com.)
The Dominican Sisters share the idea that life in their community is not just about their ministry, but who they are as people. Naturally, prayer must take a priority! The day begins with prayer and a consecration to God, and is one thing which is constant and stable in the life of the community.
As Sarah talks with the Sisters, Sr. Margaret shares the story of her vocation: how she went from dating in high school to discerning God’s calling to the consecrated life. Her goal in life was to be a doctor and marry, and have a large family, but as she pointed out, God’s call requires sacrifice. Her family’s life in communist Poland prepared her for this sacrifice, as her parents were forced to make choices that while morally honorable, would jeopardize their careers or family.
The Day-to-Day Challenge
Is religious life about preaching to thousands? Not necessarily. The Dominican Sisters stressed that it is about the ordinary, day-to-day things just as much as the extraordinary. It is not in the extraordinary, but in the day-to-day tasks where holiness is achieved for every single religious community.
Naturally, there are challenges that come from the consecrated life. Despite living in a community, solitude and loneliness are present. But, according to Sr. Margaret, the better you learn to cope with it, the better God can be invited into one’s life. And ultimately, it is not a struggle set aside only for the religious. As St. Augustine wrote, our hearts are restless until we rest in God.
What is the most important action of living as a Dominican Sister? We cannot see the big picture of our lives — that is for God alone. So, we must listen to understand who we are and who we are meant to become. The end result? Happiness.
From her visit, the joy of the Sisters was made apparent to Sarah. She also saw that religious life has its struggles and trials, and the deeper meaning of a vocation is the avenue in which to struggle but also to grow closer to God.
Enjoy Sarah’s visit in the life of the Dominican Sisters!