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Today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is very stirring and encourages us to persevere.

Brothers and sisters: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. Hebrews 12:1-4

One can’t help but think of our own Sister Marion Irvine, a very unique and outstanding woman, when thinking of the perseverance of a marathoner running her race.

Sister Marion on the cover of Runner Magazine

Sister Marion on the cover of Runner Magazine

Sister Marion Irvine, O.P., the “Flying Nun,” an accomplished runner , has been an inspirational alumna and supporter of Dominican University. In 1983 she qualified for the 1983 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon. In her career as a runner, she shattered all major running records in the 50–54, 55–59, and 60–64 age groups, and earned five gold medals at the World Veteran Games in Eugene, Oregon.

Sister Marion when she was a school principal

Sister Marion when she was a school principal

After forty-seven years of service in schools, Sister Marion came home to San Rafael and served as the promoter of social justice for the congregation until about four years ago. Of course she still stays active in social justice ministry, working with agencies in Marin County and organizing the sisters’ jail ministry.

She continues to find this work challenging, exciting and rewarding. Whether the issue is abolishing the death penalty, creating compassionate immigration reform, or supporting peace and justice, Sister Marion demonstrates the same focus, discipline and energy she did in running . . . and really just about anything she does.

May we be blessed with this same perseverance and dedication in all the way we serve God and God’s people.

Sister Marion and other sisters at the annual anti-nuclear demonstration on Good Friday at Livermore Labs

Sister Marion and other sisters at the annual anti-nuclear demonstration on Good Friday at Livermore Labs

Sister Marion's commitment to the cause of peace allows her to be arrested at the Livermore Labs demonstration

Sister Marion’s commitment to the cause of peace allows her to be arrested at the Livermore Labs demonstration

 

Posted by opreach on February 5, 2013
6 Comments Post a comment
  1. 02/6/2013

    I love the passage. What an inspring person, too!

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    • 02/6/2013

      She’s also a lot of fun and a good friend!

      Reply
  2. 02/6/2013
    Barbara Cooper

    I just finished reading “The Dominican Way” – a collection of interviews with Dominicans all over the world, involved in all kinds of preaching. I feel this article could be the beginning of a new book! What a great family!! 🙂

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    • 02/6/2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Barbara. We Dominicans like to remember, when we meet and hear about Dominicans all over the world, that wherever there is a Dominican, we are there too. During the conflicts with Iraq, many of us wore buttons that said (with a Dominican shield) “I have family in Iraq”. They reminded us of the Dominican sisters and other Christians struggling in Iraq.

      Blessings!

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  3. 02/11/2013

    What a fascinating story about a remarkable human being.

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    • 02/12/2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. She also has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun.

      Reply

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