Saints, Silence and Strawberries

July 15, 2013

Feast of St. Bonaventure, a great Franciscan Friar, a teacher of theology and philosophy, Minister General of the Order, and a writer who shared his great learning.

We received less than 3/10s of an inch of rain the last couple days. Some places got 2 to 8 inches. We are praying for gentle rains without severe storms.

Yesterday Father Ken Brenny celebrated his 50th Ordination anniversary with a special Mass and reception at Pierz. I was happy that so many came to celebrate with him. I first met him when he was Pastor at St. Elizabeth and Chaplain at the State Hospital in Fergus Falls.

The retreat, with Sister Ramona Miller, OSF as director, is in it’s 4th day. The house is pretty quiet these days since many Sisters prefer a silent retreat.

Last Friday morning 6 Sisters went to Nelson Shine Produce Farm and picked over 400 pounds of strawberries in less than 2 ½ hours. In the afternoon many Sisters helped clean these delicious fruits and we have been having them at most meals since then. What a delicious treat. Thank you, Sisters, for your hard work. All of us are grateful.

This coming Friday night and into Saturday morning we have the Relay for Life event at Flyer Field at the High School. This is the 20th year anniversary of the event here in Little Falls. Somewhere I read that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life. I plan on attending the 7 p.m. opening ceremony and also the 10 p.m. luminary ceremony.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou

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