July 29, 2009

These must be what are called the “lazy, hazy days of summer.” Rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow…and that will be good. But my prayer is that the rain will come without storms and hail. Last weekend was the weekend for the Eltgroth Family Campout. I joined them on Saturday only at the Glacial Ridge State Park. I saw lots of very nice corn and grain fields as I headed toward Starbuck, MN.

Yesterday Sister Therese and Theresa Eccleston went to the Benedict Center in St. Cloud to visit Father John Eccleston. Even in his memory loss he recognized us as family and friends. He was happy to have visitors. And we were happy to see him.

Tonight for supper we had a meal in preparation for next week’s Green Fair and Peace Concert. We had green vegetables: lettuce, peas, beans, pickles (and also new potatoes and pork roast.)

The Directors of Nurses are at St. Francis Center for three days of meetings this week. And last weekend we had seven young women here for a “Come and See” weekend. It is an opportunity for girls to see and meet Sisters and find out about our life.

This coming Saturday is the Paint-A-Thon in Morrison County. Two hundred plus volunteers will be painting seven homes. We, the committee, serve a big breakfast to all the painters at 6:46 a.m. at First United Church. Again, please pray for no rain until after the painting is finished.

Next Wednesday evening, August 5th from 4 to 8 p.m. is the Green Fair and Peace Concert on the west lawn of the convent. This is the third year for the Green Fair which welcomed over 800 guests last year. Highlights of this year’s fair will be activities for children, good music from the URock Camp, and the St. Francis Peace Choir, a Eco Fashion Show featuring local models and lots of recycled but fashionable clothes, many from the Clothes Review. The Green Fair and Peace Concert , an evening of universal ecological awareness, is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota and is a FREE EVENT. Many vendors will provide educational information for everyone.

Please pray for dry weather for the Green Fair and Peace Concert and the Paint-A-Thon.
Thank you.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou


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