It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...
That's right - it is one of the most wonderful times of the year! As we prepare for to celebrate the birth of our Messiah we have been baking goodies, having visits, wrapping gifts, decorating, answering letters, writing Christmas cards, even rushing a sister to Urgent Care and chasing a bat out of chapel...not a dull moment in the cloister.
Often at this time of the year we receive many a donated banana...which means it is time to make banana bread, banana muffins, banana fruit bowls, etc.
A quick way to mash about 20 bananas
Sister mixing the dry ingredients with the wet for the banana bread
Efficient way to fill the bread pans and get them into the ovens
Making banana bran muffins
Christmas Banana Bread - isn't it pretty?
This week we enjoyed a visit with a group of the Fathers of Mercy and four of their guests, plus our 2 dear parish priests. Please pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life!
Yes, you read correctly, one of our sisters had a fall out back on the gravel. Thank God it didn't turn out to be anything serious. As we returned with Sister from Urgent Care we found out that the rest of the Sisters had come upon an unwelcome guest as they were preparing for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Vespers. Somehow a bat had made its way into chapel! We called our trusty friend & fire fighter Ronny and his wife - dubbed "Batman" and "Robin" - who came with a type of wand light which he used to lure the bat to the door and to the great outdoors where he/she belongs.
..and this is only some of the "temporal" things happening in the cloister...the "spiritual" side of things is much more exciting but that is between each Sister and her Beloved.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel!
Advent waiting...with the prophets...for our Great High Priest to come and save us
He is coming soon...Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!