I call it a “golden nugget”. For me a golden nugget is, at the very least, the one piece of solid information that enters my brain and can shape my understanding to the point that my heart is stretched and transformed by this new truth. And for a time my vision is altered as I process the happenings in my life through this new lens of understanding. The nugget might present itself in a book, movie, magazine article, homily or conversation.

I place a value on these golden nuggets based upon how long they remain and how often they leap into my awareness. I judge a movie as worthy of my time if its complexity or message is the first thing on my mind as I awake the next day. Sometimes I have to wrestle with the storyline or characters for several days before they willingly retreat into the background of my consciousness. Am I changed? Most often the answer is yes. Once my new understanding starts to fit and feel like second nature, however, I am less conscious of my new way of being while remaining grateful for my ongoing transformation.

As I speak for myself I am confident that others have the same and/or similar experiences.

Apparently I’m still being transformed by a golden nugget I received several months ago because it just keeps presenting itself. Way back in March I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Sister Susan Wood, SCL during her visit to our Diocese. Her task was to instruct and inspire some of the dedicated servants of our Diocese and I, as a Chancery employee, was invited to join the gathering. While I can assure you that Sister Susan had many important truths and challenging ideas to share with us that afternoon it is my golden nugget, a transforming and joyful truth that remains. The truth being: We are called to accompany others.

Say it aloud. Accompany. While the dictionary would have us believe that it simply means to go with somebody our faith tells us that it is so much more. Our journey is more about helping others be transformed rather than merely transported. Our willingness to accompany others will bring us so much closer to the heart of God. In the process we will be transformed. Thankfully, I believe that it is the divinely inspired combination of our spiritual and physical presence to others, the accompanying, that brings us joy and transforms us.

We are not meant to live in isolation and although accompanying can sometimes get messy we have the example that God provided for us in Jesus to show us the way. Jesus accompanied a sometimes difficult group. They demanded to sit at the right hand of God, they slept when they should have prayed and they didn’t recognize Him on the road to Emmaus. Perhaps you are accompanying someone who is sometimes difficult, demanding, not on task and unaware of your presence and sacrifice. It might be helpful and reassuring to move along in the story for we know that in the end they, His Disciples, knew Him in the breaking of the bread and committed their lives to spreading the Good News. Jesus gave us the Eucharist to accompany us as we accompany others. For each of us, I find joy in this truth.

Who will you accompany today?

 


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Glenda Seipp, Director of Stewardship & Annual Giving Services

The mission and ministry of Stewardship & Annual Giving Services is to help build stewardship as a way of life in the Diocese of Helena. The Stewardship and Annual Giving Services Director directs, plans and coordinates diocesan stewardship projects and programs, including the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), Son Light and other major gift development and special needs campaigns.

The director provides resource information, planning and training assistance to parishes to build the concept of stewardship as discipleship and develops stewardship ministry within the diocese. In addition, the director coordinates grant development and administration.

Webpage: Stewardship & Annual Giving Services