Very often I have fun in my ministry, because of the nature of my involvement in the pastoral care of primary school children. Much of my presence in the school is in the canteen.
Name an occasion you felt embarrassed/humiliated.
This happened many years ago when I was about to step down from a role I was in. It was the process and the way it was done that made me feel humiliated and embarrassed.
Name an occasion/incident when you felt God was far away.
This happened about the same time when I was to step down from my ministry. For a period of time I felt far away from God. It was a time when I was so immersed in the ministry, with little support. Day in and day out, my mind was on the work – how to deal with persons and situations. Prayer was just to be physically present in the chapel. My mind and heart were far away.
What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
The countless opportunities I received from my congregation – formation, growth and development in all ways, body, mind and spirit.
What aspect of Religious life has brought you most joy?
Meaningful, open relationships/friendships with Sisters and laity, as well as working with the children and learning from the elderly.
How would you summarise your life today as a Religious/consecrated person?
I’m very blessed, grateful and happy.
What are the usual distractions during your prayer time? What do you do about them?
These would be when I faced an unpleasant situation, an encounter with a difficult person or perhaps with some work I have to do. I would invite the Lord into the situation or I’ll leave it aside and return to my prayer.
What is the Lord calling you to do/be in this period of your life as a Religious, if any?
Continue to be in the ministry with the children... (I think!)
What do you like doing most when with your biological family?
Eating, updating and sharing what’s happening, asking who passed on and who are still around.
No favourite food. But I go for sour and spicy dishes. I like to cook assam fish with bitter-gourd and salted vegetables.
What do you usually do to relax?
I enjoy cooking, it’s therapeutic for me. I relax by walking in the market or sometimes walking around shops looking for things.
Singaporean Sr Geraldine Lim
Canossian Daughters of Charity