Ash Wednesday 2012

Christmas seems like so long ago.  Now we begin Lent and Easter will be here before we know it!  We had a couple inches of snow with more to come the next days.  The clean white cover of snow makes everything so bright and light.  Thank you, God.

Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday or Doughnut Day…or Mardi Gras.  Doughnuts on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, is a tradition in our Community.  Our Elders all can tell you about Sr. Margaret Fruth’s doughnuts.  It seems she made them for everyone on campus.  And they were so good!  We had doughnuts yesterday and we celebrated Mardi Gras.  Now today we will get serious about Lent and Lenten practices—prayer, fasting and alms-giving.

We have an international visitor with us this week.  Sister Maristell’s first cousin  once removed, from the country of Luxemburg is here visiting her American Family.  After visiting Sister and other relatives “up north,”  she will go on to New York for a meeting which was her real reason for coming to the States.

Another big puzzle was finished the other day.  One BIG horse with many other pictures of horses included.  Very lovely…challenging because of the irregular outline.

Next Wednesday is February 29th.  Enjoy the day.  It won’t come around for another four years.  Once in my teaching years, we had a student with a February 29th birthday.

On March 1st we celebrate our Founding Day…Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN…our 121st Community’s Birthday.

My blessing for you today is the one at the end of Morning Prayer for today:  “May God remember our work and labors and may a place be reserved for us among the rewards of the just.  May we receive every blessing we desire and may our every worthy request be fulfilled.”  (St. Francis {1C 108})

Peace,                                                                                                                                                        Sister Mary Lou

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