March 9, 2010: The snow piles are really shrinking.

The snow piles are really shrinking. Ten days ago I went out to our cemetery and very few of the grave markers were sticking out of the snow. Yesterday most of them were visible. And it appears that the water is sinking into the ground. In places where there are puddles at night, they are gone in the morning.

Last week we had a prayer memorial service for Sister Mary Goretti’s brother. He died in Oregon and she was not able to attend the funeral so we had a prayer service in connection with our Sisters’ Evening Prayer.

In the wooded area south of the Motherhouse we have two hermitages—places where one can go to pray and be in solitude. Two novices from St. John’s Abbey were our guests the past week. They did join us for Evening Prayer and dinner, so it was good to have opportunity to visit with them—fine young men. Let us pray for all who are considering entering a Religious Community.

On Saturday we will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Sister Jeanne Winter. I frequently play cribbage with her. (We are a pretty evenly matched pair.) In the picture Sister Jeanne is holding a doll baby that is the most realistic doll I have ever seen or held. It was made by Tara, one of the care-givers in Clare Residence.

Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. on this coming Sunday. Remember to spring your clocks ahead one hour.

Peace and blessings on you and those you love.
Sister Mary Lou

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