Yesterday morning, full of anxiety, confusion and uncertainty, the new school term began. Yesterday evening schools were closed as our latest lockdown was declared, and new challenges emerged. Yesterday morning I had tweeted a supportive message to our Sacred Heart educators here, which was also picked up by a couple of our American schools. One of them re-tweeted it, adding We're part of something larger and that gives us strength.
Twenty-seven years ago today I took my first step into being part of something much larger, when I became a candidate with the Society of the Sacred Heart. I can remember knowing I was joining something much, much bigger than myself, though what this would mean was all still vaguely somewhere in an as yet unimagined future. I knew I was joining an international congregation, which - given my background and upbringing - felt entirely right: I didn't yet know about our Cor Unum, though; didn't realise just how much I would end up feeling kinship with women I had never met in other countries and continents.