Friday, March 11, 2011
Sr Cecilia Paula Livingston, RIP
This morning around 3:30, Sr Cecilia Paula died of complications from cancer. She was 57 years old and had battled cancer for the past few years.
I got to know Sr Cecilia a little better when she was the local superior of our Boston community about, in the late 90s. She was always a very conscientious sister, careful to observe the vows and a spirit of poverty.
Sr Cecilia had a good sense of humor too. One summer I went with her and a couple other sisters (including her blood sister, Sr Jane) to the Courage conference in Ottawa. We had a book display and recorded the conference talks, as we do every year. It was an eventful trip when a lot of funny things happened. On the way up we stopped at a friend's house in Vermont. As we drove into the parking lot of a nearby plaza, our car conked out. Right at that moment, our friend just happened to drive in and saw us. Then the car mysteriously started up again and was fine for the rest of the trip. We got stuck in a huge traffic jam on a bridge in Montreal because a lawn mower had fallen off someone's truck. Sr Cecilia had a really good humor about the whole thing. Then when we arrived at the conference, we found we were staying in a remoter part of an old retreat house. The hot water to that part had been shut off, naturally. Then a bat got in and was flying around the hallway near our book display. On the way home we narrowly avoided an accident when some lady went through a red light and barely missed us, but looked at us as if we had no right to be on the road. It was a funny trip and Sr Cecilia kept her good humor throughout the whole thing.
Now she is with the Lord. I am grateful for the gift that she was in my life. May she rest in peace, and enjoy the eternal reward she so richly deserves.