We talked about a great many things and I could have talked with her forever and not seen the time go by and I very nearly did. It wasn't so much that our backgrounds or even current circumstances were so similar; in fact, it was the differences that amazed me.
We couldn't have had less similar childhoods or upbringings. The story of her conversion, too, was so beautiful to hear, but it isn't my own experience-- cradle Catholic that I am. Even with all the similarities we have today there are still some differences; she is the mother of a beautiful bunch of girls and, as you know, I am the mother of all boys.
So how is it that we could finish one another's sentences? Why is it that the things that matter most to her are the things that matter most to me? Why do we have the same struggles, the same hardships, the same outlook, the same joys? In short, how did two women from such different backgrounds become so similar that they could be sisters?
It is because we are sisters. We are sisters in faith. We were both born again in the same water of the same baptism, by the same Spirit, and to the same Father. The Church is our Mother. With the same Father and the same Mother, we are not full-blooded, but "full-spirited" sisters. What a joy it was to see that so clearly and to be reminded that it is a very big family to which we belong.
People from all backgrounds, from all over the globe, and throughout all time belong to this family. I imagine in Heaven when we meet (God willing) St Theresa, St Elizabeth, St Joan of Arc, etc., it will be a very similar experience to the one I had last night. We will sit down with these familiar saints and discover to our great delight, in a new way and despite all the differences, just how much we have in common.
A special "thank you" to our husbands for taking over the household duties after a long day of work so that we could do this.
Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. --Mark 10:29-30