Bernadette Newton, CSJ, 83
LISTEN: Bernadette talks about home.
When you think of the word home, what comes to your mind? (Excerpt from catalog)
I spend a lot of time out of my apartment with other people and interacting with people and when I come back to that apartment and close that door, that space becomes my sanctuary, my place of refuge, my place where I re-energize and get ready to go back out. So it’s a very sacred place where I feel very connected to God and I spend time with people who have passed and I feel very connected and very close to them and when I go into that space, I know that they are there. When I go out to be present with other people, my focus is on the people I am with. But when I come back, it’s like it’s me and God and my cat together.
I studied the chakras a lot and home is my fourth chakra. It’s called the love chakra and when I go in to that fourth chakra, all the people who have gone before me are there. And it’s a mingling of all the people in this life and the people in another life that I’ve been associated with and I go there for guidance and I go there for comfort and I go there for direction. And that’s all within that fourth chakra, so wherever I am, that is home.