Farewell, Friends.

This is my last e-mail message. I am retiring from CNEWA and settling home with my own Sisters of Mercy. I send a warm and grateful good-bye to all my colleagues at CNEWA and the Pontifical Mission, and to all our loyal and generous benefactors and friends.

As a heartfelt gift to you, (and in my usual opinionated and nagging style), I end with a few suggestions for all:

Mend a quarrel, seek out a forgotten friend, dismiss judgments and replace with trust. Write a love letter, share some treasure, give a soft answer and encourage youth.

Manifest your loyalty in word and deed, keep a promise, find the time; forgo a grudge, forgive an enemy; listen, try to understand, examine your demands on others and think first of someone else.

Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little, then laugh a little more, deserve confidence, fight malice and decry complacency.

Express your gratitude, go to church, welcome a stranger; brighten the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Speak your love; speak it again. Speak it still once again.

There, I think I’ve covered my parting thoughts. Let’s pray together always; and if you remember, please tuck a prayer in your pocket for me.

Farewell and peace,

Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
cmolidor@cnewa.org (Until 14 September 2011)

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