Sister Rose Joseph Kennebeck OSB

When Sister Rose Joseph first learned she had diabetes, she was horrified. “I had never been sick before. Never had a headache in my life. I was used to being strong and healthy. First, I was diagnosed with diabetes and then my eyesight started going. I can’t even read the newspaper anymore. It’s made me so much more dependent on other people.”

Which she views – at least in part - as a gift, by way of the Benedictine value of humility.

“I’m not saying I’m happy with this illness. But my ill health gives me the opportunity to accept help from others, which is a form of humility. Community is fostered by the interdependence created by humility. I don’t want to have bad eyesight, but I accept the gift for what it is.”