I left home in 1964, and after 50 years as a Sister of Compassion, I can only acknowledge and thank God for my humble beginning. I have never looked back or regretted the decision I made all those years ago to become a religious. I know I am loveable and loving. I believe there are many ways to live life and to experience the love of God, but for me it was to be a religious. As my journey continues, changes in my life have given me a lot to learn from my own experiences. Compassion is my leading light – the joy is not so much in what I have given but in what I have received from people I have encountered on my journey. It is a grace to realize and acknowledge that Mother Aubert’s spirit continues to be alive in the work we do today making a difference to the people in need who don’t have much. ‘Thanks be to God’.