After all the challenges and excitement of my first year as a teacher, I was delighted to have a summer break that allowed me to take time for other endeavors, beginning with a retreat right here at the SSMO Motherhouse. This retreat provided me with the opportunity to refocus and give greater attention to my prayer life. It was propitious that following this retreat, I needed to move out of my room temporarily while the heating system was upgraded. This move gave me the opportunity to sort through and re-evaluate my material possessions. These two experiences made for a wonderful cleansing, both internal and external.
Throughout the rest of the summer, it seemed like I was doing something different nearly every day, whether I was cleaning, gardening, sewing, or researching. Among the highlights of my summer were Community Days, summer trips, and the renewal of my vows. As you may already know from our news article, Community Days is a time when we Sisters gather together to catch up on what has happened over the past year, and to dream and plan for the next year.
We Sisters tend to vacation together in small groups. I took a trip with Sr. Janice to Cannon Beach where we enjoyed walks together and taught each other card games. I also met up with some other Sisters who (like me) are in the process of joining a religious community, and we spent a few days on a recreational retreat at Cannon Beach. Ours was a small group that consisted of a Benedictine, an SSMO, and a couple of Franciscans. I learned many things from these Sisters, such as how to make omelets in a bag, and how to make a bonfire on the beach.
Finally, the most meaningful event of the summer for me was the day I renewed my vows for another three years. This celebration took place on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Sr. Rosina made her first vows on the same day. While Sr. Rosina’s first vows celebration was quite the public event, my renewal of vows was quieter. A friend of mine (Chelsea Florence) performed a few songs at the reception, and a couple of close friends took me out for dinner afterwards. By comparison to my first vows ceremony, this was much more relaxing, and I had the presence of mind to really hear the words of the songs and the liturgy, which struck me with special significance that day. I am grateful for the many blessings of this summer, and I look forward to continuing to deepen my relationship with God with each new adventure this coming school year.
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