Jennifer Wilson is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Before entering the congregation, she completed two years as a Mercy Volunteer corps member in Guyana, South America. Her graduate degree is in education and special education. She has worked with homeless women and children as a social worker and presently is a theology teacher and the diversity, inclusion and equity coordinator at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York.

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A vow of listening to each other

Horizons - Religious women take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. I recently heard a sister say that the vow of obedience is the "listening" vow, and I found myself reflecting on this.

Through service, 'I feel as if the God in me is coming out'

I like to say there is always a Sister of Mercy somewhere causing trouble. By this, I mean that one of us is out there advocating for God's people in some way.

Never forget: You are a child of God

Each day, think about a moment you know you are loved by God. You might find that it brings a few minutes of peace and reflection to an otherwise busy and sometimes chaotic day.

Think about who packed your parachutes. They're watching out for you.

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the ways people and experiences act as parachutes in our physical, mental and spiritual lives.