Or at least it did today, in our dining room.:)
During the school year, I’m never home during the day for events featuring speakers or performers. Usually the only Sisters who attend are our elders and those who work in administration. And I rarely am home for Mass (I go with my class at school). Continue Reading
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
Yesterday was supposed to be the 1st day back at school, but it was canceled because of the cold. I was just as excited as the kids to hear the news. (Today, we’re off, too.) YAY!!!
It gave me the leisure to really enjoy Sunday evening with my Sisters. What did we do? Take a look! 😉
This has been a hectic but mostly wonderful summer (as you know if you’ve been reading my blog). 🙂
My most recent adventure was to Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota, to a fabulous gathering of Benedictine Sisters under the age of 55 (this photo is of Sister Edith Bodge, who spoke to us on the theme of cultural shifts). 82 women attended from all of our Federations. Our theme was Wisdom Calls. Continue Reading
“Our lives were brought together for a reason and I will always be grateful. Thank you for your love, your wisdom and your understanding. Thank you for being a part of my life.”
This is on my coffee cup, a gift from a friend. But the words ring true in a new way today.
I say them now in silence to my friend, my mentor, my Amma.
Sister Phyllis, may you rest in God’s love. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Late last night I sat with one of our Sisters as she is reaching the end of her life. Letting go came to my mind.
My Sister has been fighting cancer throughout most of my time in community. She has been a great mentor to me and many others. She’s continuing to teach us even now, as she sleeps in the peace offered by hospice care. Continue Reading
Last week I went on a real vacation with my family. It’s the first real vacation trip I’ve taken since I entering the community. I mean, during the last six summers I visited home and we took a small day trips to places like Galena and Eagle Point Park. (I love Dubuque!) Continue Reading
Wow! My Final Profession was wonderful and beautiful. I think I am still trying to decide if it was all real! Continue Reading
Hi Everyone, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I know I am. It started with a much-needed silent Benedictine Retreat (I blogged about it 7 times as part of my reflection time – just dig backwards to find all the posts), but has ramped up since.
Almost as soon as retreat ended, we celebrated the 50-year anniversaries of 3 wonderful Sisters. Then, I was off to a monastery in South Dakota for a liturgical forum (that’s me with a couple friends at the forum). Whew. Continue Reading
YAY!!!! School is out. BOO!!!!! I will miss the students.
I find that the end of the school year is often bittersweet. It is exciting to have another year finished and summer activities begin (like working in my garden, where I found these baby birds)! Continue Reading