Being daughters of St. Francis, that ardent lover of God and enthusiastic singer of God’s creation, Poor Clares are often about marveling at the wonders of nature. So when I looked out of a window on my way to our evening recreation and saw a brilliant setting sun shining through a shower of rain, it was no surprise to me that I was greeted with the plea: “Get your camera! There’s a rainbow!” I ran quickly to my cell to retrieve the camera, for a rainbow is a major photographic event. This ancient sign of blessing and peace arched gracefully over our public chapel toward the east, becoming a double arch and then slowly faded as the sun sank lower in the western sky. A few of our elder Sisters were not agile enough to make it to the window before the fading of the rainbow, so I transferred the pictures to a computer for their enjoyment. Technology has its own wonders!
We always love rainbows, but the day of this one’s appearance gave this particular rainbow a special significance; it was the twelfth anniversary of our church’s dedication. God gave us a tender sign of His love and an encouragement to be in our turn a sign of His mercy in a dark and stormy world.
|Sisters enjoying the Dedication Day Rainbow|