May the Lord give you peace!
I hope you are all experiencing a pleasant fall, enjoying he beautiful colors if you are blessed with that, and seeing the leaves gently drift toward the earth – or perhaps be furiously blown in that direction during one of our blustery days. Perhaps those of you in the Northeast have already experienced your first snowfall, like we have in Pennsylvania. We certainly have much to be thankful for, especially as we head toward that special day for giving thanks and remember each other and all our families and friends, and most important of all, our vocation.
What an extra gift to us is that vocation at this time, when so many need our intercessory prayers! Let us join together in heartfelt supplication for the shooting victims in Pittsburgh and Thousand Oaks and for those who were killed and displaced from the California wildfires. Keeping their immediate needs as well as the underlying causes of these tragedies in our thoughts and prayers will certainly help those suffering so much. Thank you for your prayerful support.
I also send my gratitude to all of you for sending in your questions on Cor Orans. I am happy that we all had a chance to view the webcast; we have sent your questions to Sr. Amy Hereford’s office and will be having our Q&A session on November 27. Afterwards, we will send a copy of the questions and answers to all of the houses. After the Christmas Season, we will most likely take up Fr. Tom’s suggestion of forming a study committee to look at various aspects of the document in more depth. Thank you all for your continued prayer as we work gradually toward its implementation.
Thanks and congratulations go also to our jubilarians this quarter, as well as those making their first commitment: Our two Veronicas – Sr. Veronica Butler (Delray) who celebrated 65 years and Sr. Mary Veronica McGuff (JP) with 25 years of profession, and Sr. Pat Kahler(NJ) who celebrated 25 years since entrance. Let us also offer blessings and prayers for Sr. Maria Ramonita Sison (Langhorne) who made her First Profession of Vows on September 29. Sisters, we are so grateful for your commitment and the love you share for God and for all of us.
As we move into Advent, let us prepare our hearts to receive the Lord more warmly so that we may bring him to birth in our love for one another and for the world. May the Lord bless you all!
A Happy Thanksgiving and blessed Advent to all.