Religious Life is a strange mix of realities. There is nothing that I have experienced that compares to it. Today I have spent much time reflecting on community and am lifted-up by the connection I feel to CSA's mission and the women who share in this experience. People use the analogy of a marriage to Religious Life and although it falls short in some ways the idea of commitment and perseverance seem to be hallmark for both. The romanticism has worn off over the past 12 years, yet the vitality of my life in line with our core values burns strong. And the challenge of Religious Life today is that it looks very different than it did during much of the 20th Century, and the constant of change is going to have its way with us for years to come. I joined this community during our time in the wilderness and although the predictability of what will be is not anything like I expected, it is definitely much more stimulating than I would have guessed. We, like Jesus in today's reading are in the wilderness. This is a time to gather our strength and put our lives into God's care as we pray for the strength to fulfill Jesus' mission. I look forward to Lent this year in a new way as I look around and see that in this wild place I am not alone. I am with each of you, and my community (Sisters and Associates), friends and family as we enter these Gospel days anew. The prayer I offer on this first Sunday of Lent brings me into the presence of God through the senses of Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam through the beautiful lyrics of Just Breathe.