After a vigorous week with the kids :), it was wonderful to come home to the quiet of the monastery and chapel. Sometimes nothing sounds better than … nothing! I also was renewed by a visit from a couple of dear friends.
Nancy and Maggie live in Cedar Rapids, where I lived and taught before entering religious life. We are blessed to have found each other. We have supported, listened, cared, loved and prayed for each other. Continue Reading
Take a look at the story (newspaper photo is at left) in today’s Argus Dispatch. What a wonderful time we had! Thanks, Leon, for a fabulous story about it!!!
We’re on Spring break now, yay!
It’s been a busy break already. We had community meetings here at the monastery Friday evening through Sunday noon. We have them twice a year. They are a chance for all of us to get together to discuss where we are going and where we have been. Continue Reading
Grace 3rd and 4th grade students – some of whom I had for preschool a few years back! – welcomed the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery today for the final day of National Catholic Sisters Week.
The students had enjoyed stories about the Sisters before meeting them. Continue Reading
Grace preschoolers are loving the Sister stories and coloring books for National Catholic Sisters Week. Today we read about Sister Barbara.
Although our Sister Barbara died a few years ago, her legacy will live on forever. She was a teacher in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement, and she was determined to gain equal treatment for her African American students. Continue Reading
Day #2 of National Catholic Sisters Week was celebrated by reading a new story: Sister Anne at the Food Pantry.
I’m proud to share these stories with my preschoolers.
They are about our own Benedictine Sisters, who have given so much of themselves and their spirits to our world. Continue Reading
We at Grace Academy are celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week.
Every grade is doing something different, of course. My preschool kids are reading stories and coloring books about Benedictine Sisters.
Today’s story is “How Sister Peggy Kept Hank Warm.” Continue Reading
This just in from Busted Halo, a pretty cool online spiritual magazine: Grace Preschoolers won the Ash Wednesday photo contest for best Preschool Ashes!
Congratulations, kids. You rock!!!!! 🙂
Grace preschoolers are sporting some way-cool ashes today.
If they still have them on by afternoon (I admit, it’s unlikely!), they may have friends and other people look at them funny.
It’s a rite of passage – to be questioned about the ashes – for Catholics.
Why do we have ashes placed on our foreheads during Mass on Ash Wednesday? Continue Reading
Dr. Seuss was one of the most Christian authors I can think of. The Grinch, Horton, the Sneetches: every one of them exemplifies Gospel kindness and caring.
So we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week with great joy.
Today, we made hats for Things with awesome blue hair. (Directions are below.) Continue Reading