Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Musings

Summer is (officially) about two weeks old and certainly looking a luscious green around here. July brings a myriad of events which gladden the heart. The annual July 4 celebration in St. Joseph is always “ripsnorting,” and I can never resist going to the quilt auction in mid-afternoon. The morning parade is generally fun, too—though the trucks seem to be multiplying each year. This year the 4th is on a Sunday. We'll have Mass at 8:30 a.m. instead of our usual 10:30 so that cars can get in our parking lot (and hopefully out) before the parade starts at 10 a.m.

Here at the monastery we have the wonderful celebration of July 11: the feast of St. Benedict and with it the honoring of our golden and silver jubilarians. There are nine of the former and two of the latter this year. The occasion allows us, in fact, encourages each of us Sisters to renew our own commitment to our vowed life as Benedictines. I am in my 54th year in this community; some days it seems all of that, but mostly the years have flown by and I am still looking forward more than backward. God is good, and so is this life.

Click here to view profiles of our 2010 jubliarians.

photos: above left: Sisters' float in the 2007 St. Joseph festival parade to celebrate their sesquicentennial year.

right: Saint Scholastica Convent held its own parade in 2009, with Ellen Cotone on accordion and hats for all!

No comments:

Post a Comment