“We wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.” (2 Thessalonians 3: 9)
Well-told stories seem to reach out to me and demand my attention. I have felt this since my earliest years. I was the squiggly kid who couldn't quite sit still during the long Latin Mass prayers, so I was given a children's version of Bible stories to take with me every Sunday morning. I was fascinated with the strength of Samson, the conversion of Jonah in the belly of the whale, the generosity of Ruth and the courage of Queen Esther. I was puzzled as to how two of every kind of creature (ants, elephants, lions and deer) fit on Noah's boat, had enough to eat and survived during the long rain.
Then came the good guys versus the bad guys novels: the Zane Grey westerns and the Nancy Drew mysteries that not only fed my imagination, but also provided examples of heroic behavior, clever problem solving and determination. In my high school years there were more frequent trips to the library, and I found available stories of other heroes: Abraham Lincoln, Sacajawea, Marco Polo and Therese of Lisieux. In ways I did not recognize then, these people were models for me. Their stories shaped my consciousness, my worldview and my personal aspirations.
Today others continue to serve as models for me: my Sisters, coworkers, family and friends who provide the kind word, generosity, patience, wisdom, support and challenge that call me to act likewise. What a blessing we all have in models like these.
Sr. Francene Evans
Presentation Sisters Leadership Team,