The Next Normal: Your Spirituality with Sister Rochelle Perrier

Being a religious sister for 55 years, Sr. Rochelle Perrier, a member of the Marianites of Holy Cross, shares her knowledge and expertise on religion and spirituality and discusses how to be grateful in the midst of a pandemic in this episode of the Building Us podcast, hosted by Erik Garcia, CFP®, and Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Sr. Rochelle shares her background. (4:34)
  • Did Sr. Rochelle ever get lost in the Marianites of Holy Cross building? (7:06)
  • What are Sr. Rochelle’s thoughts on religious centers being physically inaccessible and affecting people’s spirituality? (12:43)
  • How did Sr. Rochelle pivot successfully or unsuccessfully, during the pandemic? (17:34)
  • Sr. Rochelle shares about being grateful in the midst of the pandemic. (22:16)
  • Sr. Rochelle mentions a website called (23:16)
  • How does spirituality connect to religion? (24:45)
  • What encouragement does Sr. Rochelle have for everyone, in terms of accessing, utilizing, and leveraging our spirituality this year? (36:08)
  • Sr. Rochelle gives a piece of advice to those who are spiritually discouraged and have been struggling. (51:39)

Key Quotes:

  • “I believe that during these times, we become aware of the loss of control of our lives, our powerlessness, and we realize that we’re not in charge and what it reminds me of is the first step in a process. We realize that we are powerless and we know that there’s someone out there that is greater than we are. Whoever that person is, whether it be God or whatever, we named that person. But it’s just a total loss of control, your world has been changed.” – Sr. Rochelle Perrier
  • “It’s good to feed the physical body, it’s wonderful to feed the mind, body, and spirit, and the mind by education. But, the spirit needs to be filled with something deep within. And I do believe that there’s a divine quality, a divine spirit within each of us that keeps us alive, and keeps us going.” – Sr. Rochelle Perrier
  • “We belong to humankind, we belong to the whole universe. When somebody else suffers, we suffer or we should suffer. We suffer in the sense of feeling their pain and wanting to help do something about it.” – Sr. Rochelle Perrier

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