Then Sister Rita, companion of Dorothy in Brazil, shared some memories. One was Dorothy’s often challenge: The people have to see us breathe our faith.
The reading was a power point video depicting Dorothy incarnating the Beatitudes. Next, two members of the gathering, Giovana and Ana Julia, shared reflections of Dorothy gleaned from reading Sister Janet book: Angel in Our Forest. Giovana commented on Dorothy’s smiling presence and her persistence in the midst of danger. Ana Julia shared ideas about what we can do to remember Dorothy.
Finally, the Brazilian children sang one of their favorite songs: Lord, You Have Come to the Seashore.
Everyone moved through this bilingual celebration wholly united, learning new lessons, remembering and thanking Dorothy for the innumerable seeds she planted in the hearts of so many and in Mother Earth she so loved.
The SNDdeN Spirituality Center in Ipswich and the Brazilian community prepared light refreshments from both cultures. As the Brazilians stayed to help straighten up. I expressed gratitude for the day and so did they. What I heard later from sisters and the Brazilians is that this could become a welcome annual affair.