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sr.christinaosf    502
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This evening after Vespers, I prayed the "Prayer for our Deceased Sister" with the other Sisters and visitors in our Chapel for the first time in quite a while. We will be doing this for the rest of the week since one of our German Sisters died recently. This prayer is offered in conjunction with Psalm 130: "Out of the Depths." One phrase of this psalm was particularly striking to me this evening: "For with the Lord their is mercy..." [ 53 more words ]

 

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This morning, my fingers delighted in playing the chords and melody of a hymn which had been chosen by Sr. Rebecca, whose week it is to lead Office, lector at Mass, and select the music. In other words, it’s “her week for liturgy.” She had picked “Crown Him With Many Crowns” for Friday’s Mass, and it is my turn to provide accompaniment on the keyboard in our chapel. [ 176 more words ]

 

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This morning, we again heard the beautiful story of the beginnings of St. Peter's discipleship in the gospel reading. To be accurate, this probably wasn't the very beginning; he obviously had some familiarity with Jesus before he let him use his boat. There is so much in this passage; so much for reflection and meditation. I was glad to have had the chance to pray with this text this morning before Mass during my mediation. [ 250 more words ]

 

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This morning, when I woke up, I surely did not anticipate all that this day would hold! We had been out to the farm of Sr. Rebecca's niece yesterday, and she had given us potatoes, tomatoes, onions, tomato sauces (salsa and pasta), and plums - lots of them! It was nice to get out of town, despite the fact that we had trouble finding the farm. [ 271 more words ]

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Wow, Sister, you sure pack it in daily.   "What do they do all day?" is a question that religious have a giggle about.  How did you go with plum stains, they are a delight aren't they!

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sr.christinaosf    502
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I didn't really get stains - just a mess to clean up on the counter, stove and floor.

This afternoon, we did up about 15 pints of plum jam, with a couple of gallons of plum puree still in the fridge.

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In preparation for reading at this morning's Mass, I used the texts from the reactionary for my meditation. In reflecting on the "alleluia verse," I was struck by the relationship between love and sorrow. I realized that Mary, who is now invoked as "Our Lady of Sorrows," probably loved more than any other human person ever had, more than any of us. [https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/great-love-great-suffering/

 

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About a week ago, I got an email from my sister asking if I was up for company over the weekend. After checking things out here, I informed her that I certainly was. Soon after, I could be heard sharing the exciting news with a co-worker: "My little sister's coming!" Angie has come with my parents before when they've driven the 330 mile trek. [ 126 more words ]

https://ourfranciscanfiat.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/my-little-sisters-coming/

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It has been a busy week! I am looking forward to a quiet evening and the chance to catch up on a bit of reading after all that's been going on. Having made many gallons of apple sauce yesterday afternoon and planning ahead for Sunday's fall/harvest-themed "reminisce" program that we'll be having with our residents, I had "oatmeal applesauce cookies" on my mind earlier. [ 249 more words ]

 

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