Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project
Sister Liguori Sullivan, O.S.B., b. 1913
Q: Do you have any regrets in having chosen a monastic life?
A: None whatsoever. There was one time when I was a candidate! It was a hot, summer afternoon and I had been working in the laundry for hours. I finally came to the conclusion that it was far too hot and I did not belong in this place when I could be back at home with my old friends down at the creek swimming. The novice mistress, Sister Josephine, was there and I told her I wanted my clothes because I was catching the afternoon train for home. She did not say a word. She simply opened a box of divinity candy and offered me a piece. I took one but was determined not to be conned. I restated my case and she offered me another piece. This went on until I had about four pieces of candy. She still had not said a word. Finally, I turned on my heel and went back to my work. I told this story much later to an old German Sister and she said, "Ach, child, it's always the divinity that saves us." Had I not returned to the laundry that hot, summer day what adventures of life I would have missed! My choice of fidelity has kept me "seeking" God for all these sixty years and has made monastic life a "finding" him in a community of people, in milieu of prayer, in ministry of people. All this I might have missed had I left that summer day. The richness of monastic life, imperfectly yet faithfully lived, has been fulfilling and I have savored it