Monika - The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy Sustain Me

Being a Sister of Mercy has allowed me to grow as a woman of Mercy. I have a passion for community life, prayer life, friends, family and ministry.

Every day the flow of these interactions helps me to be patient and like the trust of Catherine McAuley in the Lord: “It is you who must teach me to trust in your providence, Loving Lord.” The Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy mingle to sustain me in my life as a Sister of Mercy. They question and challenge me to enter deeply into the passion of Christ.

How do I encounter these values and how do I witness to these virtues? Every day the space, skills, time and understanding of the daily walk of life here in Tonga opens my eyes to see and hear the stories of life which have become mine.

The lives of women in the village, young women who are discerning religious life, marriage or single life, the single mothers, young teachers and families, the students who regularly miss school and cannot pay their transport or their school fees, children with parents emigrating overseas, and students with no exercise books or pen to write with. Most students come to school without completing their homework.

Valuing the environment is an everyday struggle. Staff and students need more education and encouragement in the area of conservation. The use of ‘recycle, reduce and reuse’ processing of resources is something we continue to maintain at Takuilau College where I teach.

In the Parish my involvement with women is centred on women who need support and encouragement to motivate them in the building of sustainable development projects in the village. I have faith and hope in working with these women; to stand up and take part in supporting these people’s lives is the way I can learn to put my faith in God, and where I have experienced the loving providence of the Lord in my journey.