July 29, 2008

A truly summer day. The temperature is about 85 degrees this afternoon. There is a little breeze and if one were in the direct sun, it would be hot! During the night, we had a little shower, 2/10s of an inch. I just saw one flash of lightning.
Thursday evening I am helping with the Oasis Share-A-Meal supper at First Lutheran Church. Many church groups and other groups provide a free meal to anyone who comes on Thursdays all through the year. Our Franciscan Sisters and Employees serve one or two meals each year.

Last Friday evening I went out to the Morrison County Fair. Our Sister Fran was one of those in the talent show. Then next day they were talking about the program on the Party Line radio program. One lady said, "Sr. Fran was awesome!" And it is true. We were all so proud of her performance. Winning first place qualifies her for participation in the State Fair production. Thanks, Sr. Fran. "You done good."

A retreat starts Friday evening, August 1st until August 7th. The theme is "Being Peacemakers" and Sister Kathleen Warren, OSF is the retreat director. There are many Sisters making this retreat so it will be pretty quiet on the campus. Three of the six Sisters living at our house will be on retreat, and another one is on vacation all week. So the two of us left at home will have opportunity to really kick up our heels! The only problem is that I will be working in the mailroom all week and Sr. Jean will be involved with her liturgy work.

Saturday, August 2nd is the day for the Morrison County Paint-A-Thon. Volunteers will be painting 7 homes. We start the day at 6:46a.m. with a breakfast for all the painters and the home-owners. Please pray for favorable weather. Usually most homes are painted by about noon. Only once, that I can remember, did we have rain and the paint teams had to go to plan B and get the houses painted at later dates. But all the homes did get painted.

In a little over a month it will be the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair. September 6th and 7th will be here real soon. Today I was making phone calls to recruit Block Hosts for the Fair. I have a lot of work to do before that task is finished.

Now I wonder what is going on. There are many sirens blasting away. Whenever I hear a siren, I always pray for the ones involved in the incident, whatever it is, and for the safety and well-being of the rescue workers.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou

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