This saintly nun died last month. The wisdom she left us is worth meditating on and memorizing.
Sr. Caritas retained her beautiful, spunky spirit throughout her time in religious life. She was a missionary to Canada, learning not only French but also English. She faced many sufferings in her life, including a long debilitating illness at the end, but in each suffering she surrendered herself to God, trusting in his love.
She once wrote the secret of her religious life: “I do not do anything for myself, and therefore I see the positive in what needs to be done, and I don’t hold back at all.”
Sr. Caritas was an example to her sisters, especially in the way that she took her religious name Caritas, or charity, to heart. She tried, with God’s grace, to be caritas to those around her.
She would write little encouraging notes to herself in her journal: “Caritas, do not get tired; pray, pray, pray.” The determined way she tried to live up to her name was a beautiful homage to the God she loved so much who is Love itself.
After Sr. Caritas died, the sisters found this list in her journals. It captures the spirit of the simple, beautiful way she tried to embody caritas in her life and it provides a plan of life and love for us all.
10 Things I Will Never Regret Doing Before Death:
- Do good to everyone.
- Do not speak ill of anyone.
- Reflect before speaking.
- Do not speak when agitated.
- Help the less fortunate.
- Admit your errors.
- Be patient with everyone.
- Listen but not to gossip.
- Don’t believe displeasing things about others.
- Prepare for death. (This was underlined)