What's it like to be on the road with the nuns? We are often asked this question when we are gearing up for our Motherhouse Road Trip. Although we joke that we've got Chloe the Convent Cat driving us around in an RV, our travel is more modest but equally filled with adventure!
We pack up the car, the mobile studio, and personal effects and hit the road! We always begin with a prayer invoking the blessing of God and the companionship of Mary and the saints. My personal favorite is as follows:
We fly to your patronage,
O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
FYI by "fly" we of course mean driving the speed limit! :)
On the road we have some time to talk a bit and also to continue our work with the ministry. Having mobile technology is a blessing because we can hop on social media, write a blog post (this very blog post was written from the car), and make connections with the online community and the many sisters with whom we collaborate.
We also pray for those on our journey -- the highway crews working dangerously close to traffic, the driver distracted by a phone, the deer grazing in the corn fields, the kids waving at us through the back window of the family SUV. It is truly a moving meditation that unites us with God's people and creation.
With the Motherhouse Road Trip, we have the great joy of visiting with sisters and nuns from various communities, traditions, and forms of religious life! While each community is unique and has its own customs, there's still a sense of being with "family," of feeling at home within sisterhood. I am always so struck by this feeling of "home-ness" and am grateful for the bond we share. It's amazing to meet someone for the first time and already know them as "sister".
There's another sense of "home" that is always with us as we travel, and that is God. Even while being on the go, ministering in motion, and convent hopping, it is good to be home in God. The ups and downs of the road -- and of life -- can look so different when we are already at home with God.
"If you make my Word your home, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
No matter where we are -- at the convent or studio or on the road -- we are glad to be with you and share the adventure!