25 years is a quarter of a century, which makes it seem like a long time.
In reality 25 years isn’t really that long of a time span.
I thought 25 would mean being an adult, until I was 25 and then I waited to feel like an adult. Now that I’m a few years past 25 I realize how far from being an adult 25 really is, for most people.
Within the context of organized religion 25 years is basically infantile.
Within the smaller context of religious orders 25 years is nearly unheard of.
I still remember when one of my closest friends told me she was entering a convent. I was still in shock when I started to tell people myself, which was probably spurred on by the shocked look I had on my face for God only knows how long.
People mainly wanted to know two things, how old she was and what order she was going to be a part of.
Naturally skepticism followed, because how many women in their early 20s join virtually unknown religious order?
I, in a desperate attempt to be a good friend, felt the need to defend her choice, even while agreeing with everyone else.
Almost 10 years later I’ve gained more prospective on the situation.
I get “it” now, or at least as much as I can without joining the Sisters myself.
I especially have a greater appreciation for what it takes to create and more importantly sustain a ministry.
Happy 25th Birthday Sisters. May God continue to bless you all & those you serve for many more years to come.