The familiar story ... of the two disciples who met the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus was selected by Sister Betty Jenkins as the Gospel reading for her funeral Mass, and appeared on her memorial card and the cover of the worship aid as well. According to Sister Joan Delaplane, who preached the homily that day, there were many reasons why that particular reading resonated with Sister Betty.
An eye infection very early in Sister Betty’s childhood left her with almost no sight in that eye, and that poor vision contributed to her difficulties in reading and learning. As a result, Sister Joan noted, Sister Betty had been bullied by other children, one factor in her becoming a shy woman who struggled with a negative self-image.
Some of us are aware that the first half at least of Betty’s life was a Jerusalem experience – a lot of pain, questions, discouragement. … In light of all that, isn’t it “Amazing Grace” when we consider the words we heard last [Friday] during our remembrances of our experience of dear, dear Betty? We heard she was kind, fun, compassionate, [had] an aura about her that made one feel good about oneself, always encouraging her students, a pleasant person to be with. How did she ever make the leap from the self-defeating youth experience to the outgoing, compassionate individual that we came to know and love?
Read more about Sister Betty (pdf).
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Betty was a humble and holy woman. She touched my life and the lives of many others always with openness and gentle love. I will miss her chuckles and her love.
Sr, Betty, what a treasure you have been in my life for this past two years, I have really enjoyed knowing you and am so sorry that you are no longer with us.Your smile is so friendly and you were so sweet, You have helped me deal with the cancer my daughter, Ellen, is gong thru, I am afraid she will be joining you before the year is out unless awe see a miracle happen. Know that I love you and always respected you,, Gods blessings on you,
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