When you cross the Colorado border to head into the state of Nebraska you’ll see a sign that says, “Welcome to Nebraska – The Good Life!” After remembering that and spending seven weeks at Villa Guadalupe, I think I would say the same thing. I lived “the Good Life” here at Villa Guadalupe.
My experience here will be one never to be forgotten. I was immersed into a culture that was unknown to me. God challenged me in ways these past two months that brought me to new heights. I loved trying new things of the Navajo culture and learning the Navajo language so I could communicate a little with the Navajo Residents.
It’s going to be hard to go back to New York because I enjoyed being with this “little family” every minute; however I learned so much that will continue to carry me through my formation as a Little Sister of the Poor. I also can’t help but think of Pope Francis and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Practicing the corporal works of mercy and to be with those who need the most mercy (our elderly poor) brings me so much joy. I am so grateful to be a Little Sister novice at this time in the Church.
Thank you to everyone here at Villa Guadalupe for the warm welcome. Everyone here will be in my daily prayers and I hope someday I will be able to come back again.
~Sr. Bernadette Rose, novice