Celebrating the Anniversary of Vatican II yesterday really brought me to introspection on how significant that gathering was to me and to all of the Church. I think especially of the new understanding of ourselves as Church. i know that our call to Africa is a direct outcome of Vatican II. We saw that the needs of the church in other parts of the world were our needs. We had used the term “universal church” before but it was a very theoretical understanding. In my family we prayed for missionaries and in school we “bought pagan babies” but we never saw ourselves as so intimately connected with others until we started to see ourselves as “Body of Christ”. I am so grateful for the ways the Spirit opened the spirit in each of us through Vatican II.