Summer News From the Cloister
Summer days are almost gone...along with many of you, this summer has been unusual with the triple-digit weather and lack of rain. This summer brought us a large track hoe to dig out the sides of our lake which was becoming quite the weed-bed. So now we have huge piles of clay in our woods where they dumped the lake mud. It was a messy job; grass seed will definitely need to be sown in the fall.
Sisters watch the track hoe at its first day on the job.
Independence Day brought us a Gaudeamus Day - a free day with time to relax and enjoy one another's company. With the terrible drought we skipped the fireworks. This was the final day of the Fortnight for Freedom.
Grilling out on Independence Day. Delicious! But those barbecued grills were tough to clean!
Braving the heat on Independence Day—after a water balloon toss! The Lord sent a nice cloud cover and we enjoyed a game of croquet before Vespers.
Today we had a Passionist Renewal morning led by our Msgr Powers. He has gradually been leading us through our Holy Founder’s letters to Mother Mary Crucified. This was letter #7. Msgr likes to pull words out of the letter and go very deeply into them. He himself is a poet and mystic and keeps busy giving retreats and days of recollection and spiritual direction.
In today’s letter St. Paul of the Cross told Mother Mary Crucified (the Superior of the first Passionist Nuns, she was a Benedictine for many years, waiting the foundation of the Passionist Nuns) that he so desired her to be clothed as he was in the Holy Passion of Jesus Christ. Ah...he waxed eloquent on the holy habit for about an hour…one point he brought out is how we are clothed in the Passion of Christ, clothed in Jesus’ greatest act of love clothed in a spousal garment. This is the reason we wear black…to symbolize the love of Jesus crucified. Our Passionist emblem – that the Passion of Christ would be ever in our hearts…not only his physical sufferings but the love, the virtues that motivated our Lord to endure all he did for our redemption, our sanctification – that this would be ever in our hearts! Then we had a 45 min prayer period and then discussion time. Truly, Passionists are “robed in salvation!”
I just read in our Holy Cross Province Newsletter of our Passionist men that tomorrow, August 17, four men will be vested in the Passionist habit and enter the novitiate! Alleluia! I don't have any other details but please keep them in your prayers.
Next Wednesday will bring our Gaudeamus Day in honor of Sr. Mary Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee. Which reminds me that I only have 5 days to finish my card for her. You see, each Sister creates some kind of card for Silver or Golden Jubilarians....recycled cards, computer cards...whatever a Sister can come up with! I must get busy...
Next week's post should bring to you all the goings on that have been thus far worked on in secret for Sr. Mary Elizabeth's day!