Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Redemptoristine Round Up Continues

Contemplative nuns from five different countries gather at our monastery for renewal, formation, and lots of fun just in being together.

Sister Katherine Hanley, CSJ offers her wisdom concerning the Samaritan woman at the well and her encounter with Jesus. Sr. Kitty invited us to go into the depths of the living water Jesus offers.

We enjoyed a great post-Easter party in which it wasn't so easy to pass around even plastic eggs. The prizes inside made it worthwhile and so did the laughter.

Sisters diligently take notes during a presentation by Brother Donald Bisson, FMS. His topic for the day was, "Community Life as Spiritual Practice."

Today was a pilgrimage day for a trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. We visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in the morning. Later all twelve of us enjoyed lunch in a small sandwich shop that withstood our invasion with good humor.

Then we were off to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy were a dear Brother gave some sisters a tour of the grounds in his motorized cart.

This is a statue of Pope John Paul II on the grounds of the Shrine. Many of the huge tents erected for Divine Mercy Sunday remain up and provided welcome shade on this gloriously sunny and warm day. They tell us the temperature hit 95 degrees at home!

Before the drive back home we delighted in the opportunity to participate in the Divine Mercy Novena said daily at 3pm in accord with the inspiration given to St. Maria Faustina. These prayers were followed by Benediction and special blessing with and veneration of a relic of the saint.

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