I was standing in a crowded bar, surrounded by hundreds of people, and I felt completely alone in the world…
…when I first met the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Two larger than life Nuns in white face crossed the bar and greeted me, carrying with them an atmosphere of joy and unconditional acceptance. Their brief recognition of someone in need who was lonely in a crowd forever changed the direction of my life. I cannot remember who those two Sisters were, but I joined the Sisters to do for others what those two did for me.
My personal mission, as Sister Isabella is a simple one. Every Day, I want to help someone feel a little less alone in the world. Some days I succeed, some days I fail, but every day I try.
Next time you go out for a drink, look around. Find that person standing alone in the corner of the bar, peeling the label from the bottle he or she finished much faster than they had planned, and say hello. This simple gesture may change to course of your life.
“We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.” — Pema Chodron
UPDATE: The Abbey is excited to announce that Sister Isabella Ringing is now an official member of The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Gertrude De Nivelles! http://orlandosisters.org/