|Sandra Schneiders, IHM|
In the title of this blog I refer to Sr. Sandra as a "prophet". I am positive that she certainly would not call herself that and she would be embarassed to know that I am dedicating this blog to her; then why speak of her as a prophet? On her last morning with us, the topic of the day was: "The Prophetic Vocation". We heard her say God calls the prophet, it is a vocation and one does not declare oneself a prophet. One called can refuse, he or she has that freedom. The prophet is someone who gives him/herself over to God's purpose. How can a true prophet be distinguished from a false prophet? The answer is coherence between the prophet's message and the prophet's life according to Sr. Sandra. Not everyone who teaches the "Good News" is a prophet. They may be giving the right message but there could be incoherence between their teaching and their lives. Prophets always have their eyes fixed on God's people, the Church, and they witness to God's true nature. Jesus disturbed the leaders of his day. In fact, his only crime was to challenge the status quo. For Jesus there was no inequality of power. It was never about the strong versus the weak, nor was it about someone being superior to another.
Why do I consider Sandra Schneiders, IHM a prophet for today? Simple. God has called her, her life is coherent with her message. She is in her mid to late seventies now and retired from teaching. She could now have a quieter life; yet she has a message to share and despite her fatigue last week she gave us the benefit of her wisdom way beyond what she was committed to give us. Her gift is clarity of thought and preciseness of language. Her closing words to us were: "Prayer should be the heart and center of our lives." I have no doubt that she lives this day in and day out.