Never have I experienced so many widely smiling women as I did at the vigil Mass of the Assumption of Mary that Catholics observe Aug. 15th each year.
As hundreds processed to receive the Eucharist at Mass (the consecrated bread wafer that becomes the Body and Blood of Christ), woman after woman, among others, smiled brightly.
What a delightful encounter. Smiling, happy hearts!
They were so glad to be affirmed, I imagine.
All of them.
From crowds of women, including Sister Anne Mamienski, IHM, Jo Dare of Focus:HOPE to all of the Catholic religious, and Care of the Soul and Companions who attended with the interfaith community, including Rabbi Mordehai Waldman, Rev. David Kasbow, Mohamed Abbass, and others. These tireless sisters, as we normally call them, they are leaders who founded social service outlets, orphanages, hospitals, schools, and more.
"Ave Maria's" lyrics and melody that Bob Gillenkirk sang was magnificient, participants said, as they shared conversation and food after in the lower level of the historic Roseville, Michigan edifice with the interfaith community also present.
Jewish, Christian and Islamic leaders experienced what Catholics believe and harvest in Jesus' mission they follow.
Contemplation and community were among the "tools" Servite Sister Charlotte Huetteman expressed in her reflections on the Gospel of Luke, and Mary's journey to Elizabeth.
Barbara Robinson of Saint Michael Church in Sterling Heights, MI., was the enthusiastic minister of music at Mass.
The ever energetic Marge Hallman provided hospitality with Kathy, among others.
The wombs who carried us.
The tabernacles like that of Mary carrying Jesus.