Discernment shouldn’t be a Special Occasion. We can all listen for God’s voice in our daily activities—with remarkable results.
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Sister Réjane Cytacki, SCL, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) of Leavenworth, Kansas. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and master's degrees in education and in earth literacy. Prior to joining A Nun's Life Ministry, she served as the executive director of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center, and recently served on the Core Team for Giving Voice. Other previous ministries include being a campus minister at her community's University of Saint Mary, and an elementary school teacher for ten years. Currently she volunteers for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, reading, and karaoke.
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I'm Sister Maxine, and my guest is Sister Rejane Cytacki. In August 2021, Sister Rejane joined A Nun's Life as executive director, succeeding me in that role. And we've been working together on the transition of leadership for the ministry. Maybe you've already read her blogs at A Nun's Life or interacted with her on social media, or at Facebook Live praying with the sisters. But today, it's something new. This is Sister Rejane's podcast debut, and I am delighted to introduce her to you.
When you're thinking about discerning God's calling, what advice might you share with listeners?
You know, one of the obvious keystones of religious life is prayer. And I always tell people before I entered, you know, I liked to pray and it made me feel good, but I would just do it when I wanted to. And then when I came to religious life and like oh no, no, you do it every day because you need to. And to me, that is your place of meeting God and having a conversation. It's not just me, talking, talking, talking, it's sitting in silence and listening, or at least reading some scripture--scriptural passage or scriptural book--and letting God speak to you through those words. And that's where I think some of the day-to-day discernment comes. For example, I'll give you what happened today. I was sitting in prayer. And I had just finished reading two articles in Restoration, which is the Madonna House publication out of Combermere, Ontario. And it was about the tenderness of God. And, you know, I'm sitting with that. And it's just a beautiful image. And there's an icon of the Mother of God with tenderness, but it kind of works not only for Mary, but for our God in general. And one of my sisters came to mind, Sister Mary Carlo, who is 96, and in our 24/7 Care Center, and I'm like, I need to go see her. It just kind of popped in my mind. And I was already going over there to get my COVID test, to check out that I have the green light before I go to Chapter. I just kind of surprised her, and had a wonderful 20 minutes kind of reconnecting. Because oftentimes, I plan to go and it gets locked down, and I can't see her. So it was a real gift. That kind of came out of my morning prayer that I wouldn't have done otherwise, if I hadn't just sat still in silence and spent time with God.
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