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Transition is a kind of street-crossing procedure. One would be a fool to stay out there in the middle of the street any longer than was necessary, so once you step off the curb, move on to the other side as fast as you can. And whatever you do, don’t sit down on the center line to think things over. (Fr. Bob Kelly)

The transition could be physical and also could spiritual. All six novices are in transition. I started my journey from Pakistan and reached the land of the USA, and Kentucky, to my motherhouse, the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. This was a big transition for me and I entered a whole different world. It was a physical transition where I worked and dealt with a different culture, different foods, a new language, and new clothes.

From Kentucky I traveled to St. Louis and then from St. Louis to Chicago. My transition was one step at a time for me. Finally, the day came when I entered ICCN, which was when I stepped into my spiritual transition. I wasn’t the only one who was in transition and carrying so many questions in my heart. All of us six novices from different orders and different cultures were also asking the same questions. Two of our directors were also welcoming six new people from all over the world. It was and is difficult yet it is so beautiful. It is so exciting to be with each of them. Truly I have found a new family.

There is nothing right or wrong, with you or me, this or that, it is all about us what I am learning is called community. It is all about us. Who we are, where we believe, and what do I is the same for all of us novices. Each day is a new day and a transition as I try to mold myself and go one step forward in my spiritual and religious life. I see my companions helping me learn new things since I do not belong to this culture. I feel so blessed to be a part of ICCN and this new community.

I reflect on my life, my call. Am I on the right path? I ask myself these questions every day. But when I see God among us and in us, I believe that “YES” I am on the right path. Every step of life reveals a new chapter of the story. In this present moment, being a part of ICCN, I think it’s the best opportunity that I have ever had in my life. Living, eating, praying, going to CTU, and enjoying each moment of life.

Sometimes it is difficult to accept transition but this transition leads me to be positive, and open, to learn how to be together with others, and experience a life-giving community. This truly is a sacred transition where I am trying to live my life to the fullest. I don’t think about the future but I wish that this time and the sweetness of our relationship and togetherness could be the same forever.

Sr. Maribah Ishaq

Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross

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