Sisters of Holy Cross Newsletter - Summer 2023 Issue
by Thérèse Martin, CSC
“I am the vine; you are the branches.” (John 15, 5)
The image used by Fr. Moreau about Holy Cross becoming like a mighty tree together with Joyce Kilmer’s poem on the beauty, the loveliness of a tree stayed with me for a long time when preparing to write a reflection for the special Moreau Day celebration this year. Tips of roots seek water, seek nourishment deep in the soil. They create a path towards whatever they can absorb that will give the tree life; the nourishment is brought to where it is needed. The aim is the same always: leaves, buds, blossoms must be fed there at the very tip of branches and twigs...so that the tree can bear fruit... The tree needs to bear fruit; it must bear fruit; it is called to bear fruit.
For the fruitfulness and beauty to be at their fullest, trees need good care. Reading UISG President’s words on care struck me. Examples then came to mind of how each one of us, in fact, actively, concretely, personally cares for the Holy Cross tree. And today, a “Holy Cross Joyce Kilmer” might write: I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as that Tree.
Additional articles in this issue:
- Caring for a Tree
- Renewal of Vows
- 2023 Jubilarians
- In Loving Memory
- Holy Cross Family Learning Center