January 21, 2014
We’re in the deep freeze again today. At 6 a.m. today, it was minus 23. It will warm us slightly today and then we will get a couple inches of new snow. We have a small three-foot evergreen tree planted on the north side of Clare Residence. With all the snow just the top two inches are above the snow. One more snowfall and the little tree will disappear until springtime! We are growing some pretty big snow piles at the ends of parking lots. At our cemetery all the grave markers are totally covered with snow.
Retreat last week with Father John Quigley, OFM, was great. Each of the twice-a-day conferences gave us plenty to reflect upon. I need to go back and re-listen to the disc of a couple taped conferences.
Then what does one say about the two women whose funerals we had on Saturday and Monday…each one a holy woman who served and ministered to God’s people in tremendous ways…Sister Lydia in her gentle works of teaching, music and hospitality at St. Francis Center, etc. And Sister Elizabeth (Kizzie) in her teaching, missionary and Humane Borders ministry by bring water to immigrants crossing the desert. Each Sister had many family and friends here to celebrate their gift of life. I learned so much about each one in the stories that were told about each. God bless you Sisters and intercede for us in our needs. Below are some pictures from Sr. Lydia’s display.
And here are some pictures from Sr. Kizzie’s display.
From what it looks like, to me, the rest of the week will be kind of quiet…and that is just fine with all of us.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, we have a Bilingual Liturgy at 11 a.m.
On Saturday, February 1st, we have our Soup Supper. Three kinds of soups will be served. They are: Chicken Wild Rice, Beef Barley and Beans and Ham. Other menu items are: Fresh homemade cracked wheat or white bread, bars and beverages. Nothing can beat hot soup on a cold night (when you don’t have to cook or wash dishes!) So, plan on joining us between 4:30 and 7 p.m. at St. Francis Convent.
Keep warm and safe. Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou