Steps for Hope

Steps for Hope

by Sr. Margaret Anne Meyer  MMM     U.S.A.    31.03.2022

Steps for Hope poster social media cropped resized“Step by Step they go together until they reach the God of SION”. These paraphrased words of Psalm 84 helped me as a young Sister to navigate the joys and sorrows of friendship. I felt a more looking outward towards Jesus than inward to each other and yet we were together in the looking for Jesus. “To see and seek God in all things” as St. Benedict says.

All this came back to me as I began the Lenten challenge of walking 400 steps a day praying for world peace and our Sisters and their people for whom they bring the healing love of Jesus.

It seems every day, I am learning new ways of meaning in what walking these steps tells me. Sometimes it is good just to step to a place and stand still to watch the beauty of the surroundings. One of the recent daily Mass readings told of PSALM 1 “How blessed is the one who is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves never fade.” Lord, please let my steps and mind be still sometimes, that I can rejoice and let my roots be fed by your beauty.

The Archdiocese of Boston recently held a webinar about Laudato Si and climate change. The speakers challenged us to take steps to save our planet by using only what we need and to seek ways to harness the energy of the sun and many other ways we have already heard about. What impressed me was that the time is right for the whole world to step together to take this challenge. In the words of Pope Francis” As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning… Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolves to achieve sustainability, the quickening of struggles for peace and the joyful celebration of life”.

I found these steps so uplifting in this time of war and chaos for so many migrants and refugees. These steps certainly give me hope and I hope you too will step into the Cosmic Dance.