This weekend in Indiana was all about family. Mom, Dad, KC (the dog) and I piled into the Honda for a six hour drive south, to Haubstadt. Haubstadt is the small town my Dad grew up in and remains one of my favorite places in the United States.
Our purpose: to celebrate Sister Helen Mauer’s 75th anniversary as a nun. Sister Helen is my Dad’s aunt, my Grandma, Verena’s, sister. She is a peaceful and happy 93 years young. Sr. Helen has a beautiful voice and continues in her work as a school music teacher in Ferdinand, IN, where she is one of the many dedicated members of the Sisters of St. Benedict.
Our family traveled from near and far to honor and spend time with this special lady. We enjoyed a mass with a blessing by Father Tony and a great lunch with stories of her life, her work, and her incredibly adventurous antics as a nun traveling down Bourbon Street, to her doctorate work at my alma mater, Indiana University, to 19 years as a teacher at Grambling University. 75 years of service is miraculous and the fact that Sr. Helen continues on with her work today, at 93, is an inspiration for us all to do our best.
Each time I see her, I leave with the gift of her words. She always lights my path. The last time I saw her, you might recall this quote…
“Enjoy life so much that you make the world a better place for everyone.”
I love that so much and it always reminds me of my power to bring light to others in the everyday moments.
This weekend, she delivered a beautiful message to all of us. Life can be this simple.
“Do what makes you happy. Every day of my life I have tried to make the best out of what each day brings.”
The key here is that Sister Helen’s best is joy, peace, kindness and a warm love that everyone feels in her presence.
Can YOU be that person for others? I believe we all can.
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