Sister Linda Larkman

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  This scripture passage from Jeremiah has given me great strength and hope throughout my life.   As many people in their mid-sixties, I realize I have travelled quite a few paths throughout my life.  Just two years ago I found myself on yet another path which ultimately led to professing my perpetual vows as a Benedictine Sister of Pittsburgh.  This is a path that fifteen years ago, I would not have thought to be a reality in my life. But, the Lord declares, “I have for you plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Yes, my hope and trust placed in God brought me to a religious community of caring, loving sisters in Pittsburgh, whom, as I see it, God intends me to live out the second chapter in my life.  As we live together to follow the Rule of Benedict, we are called to, Community, prayer and service to God and others. How that works every day calls for a continual opening my heart to see God in my sisters and all others, trusting that God is with me even in the most trying of circumstances. Things are not always as I would like or want them to be, yet I am called each day to trust and place my life in God’s hand and future. 

Almost daily, just as St. Benedict states in his Rule, I fall, but then I get up and try again.  I definitely know that I am a work in progress but have a belief and hope that God and my community walks right beside me.   


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