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Venerable Mary Potter's Last Words.
Living in the Moment - Sr Margaret Lancaster LCM
Living in the moment
My name is Margaret Lancaster. I am a Sister of the Little Company of Mary which I entered in May 1968 at the age of 24 years.
Why I chose this particular Congregation, I think, was two-fold. First, when I worked briefly with the LCM Sisters and read some of their literature I was impressed. I had felt for many years that I wanted to nurse sick, suffering and dying people in the compassionate manner indicated by Mary Potter in her writings and her life.
Second, I do believe that that there is a ‘God Plan’ that directs a person to whatever. Another way of looking at it, as someone explained, is that there are ‘seeds’ of Mary Potter’s Charism that are scattered across the world in certain souls. When the connection is made an attraction takes place. I believe that’s true for me.
I chose to live this vocation: to be with Mary at the foot of the Cross watching and praying with and for the dying in the our world today. To have her Maternal Heart, a mother’s heart for her dying child. To bring Compassion, Respect, Hospitality yes, and a sense of humour to my colleagues, friends and all people I mix and mingle with today. Both Mary and Mary Potter did in this in their day.
How I do that in my daily life? I do that with my Religious Prayer Practice, Eucharist, Meditation and Service.
Each morning I endeavour to dedicate each and every moment of my day to the intention that Jesus’ Healing Presence will be available to all those who are suffering and dying.
As I get older, I try and practise living in the moment. For me it means being conscious, aware and in the moment with all my senses. It means not dwelling on the past, nor being anxious or worrying about the future. I try to surrender what happened today to God’s merciful love, and be ready to live again tomorrow in the resurrection of a new day with the help of my God.