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Are You Ready?

It's Christmas Eve.

You're probably running around getting ready for tonight and tomorrow. So are we. Sisters are preparing the chapel, cleaning the convent, baking bread, and decorating the refectory (our dining room).

Last minute shopping, buying food, cleaning your house, visiting with family and friends. How are you getting ready for Christmas?

Yet, what are you and what are we "getting ready" for? Have you stopped to ponder this? What is motivating you to give gifts, buy food, clean your house, and visit with family? Are you ready for the coming of Christ to visit you?

We look at empty cribs with Mary and Joseph near by. Who is coming? Like the empty manger, is your heart empty and ready to welcome the Child Jesus? Tonight at Midnight Mass He will fill the empty creche. He also comes to fill your heart. Will you welcome Him there?

Today, in the midst of all your other preparations, remember to take time to prepare the most important thing: your heart. Take some silence for yourself to make ready your heart for Christ.


Anonymous said…
Dear Sisters!
May He for whom you prepare find within you a warm and welcome abode!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you!
Thanks for sharing your vocations!
a grateful reader
Michele said…
Merry Christmas to all the Sisters at 1 Franciscan Way!
God bless you all, and may the Holy Virgin smile down upon you all always!
Herd Momma said…
I am so happy to find your blog through Marilena's blog. Thank you for sharing your days with us.
God Bless and Happy New Year.
Anonymous said…
What do you do as a community to celebrate the new year? Thank you for sharing your inside lives to those outside. It is always a delight to see all the sisters "joy filled" smiles with each update. Blessings to all at 1Franciscan Way for 2009!
Anonymous said…
LOVE the Blog! SOOOOO happy to see
some more Postulants too. Gives some hope to "older" vocations since many more traditional communities won't consider Candidates over 40.
Will be praying for Lori especially!
LuisLiviaLuisa said…
A Holy and Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

The three kings have left their land, their world, and have undertaken a long trip...motivated by their thirst of truth and salvation, they have walked with perseverance with a destination…and they achieve it, because God meets us with us if we look for Him sincerely. And the three wise men didn’t come alone, they have brought with them, their culture, their identity, their history, and they have given all to the Savior. Their Encounter with the Messiah, didn’t mean and has not indicated the end of their search: they have continued walking “by another route”, as St. Matthew says, that is they continue looking for the truth in a different way

Jesus loves you.

Luisa Veyan S.

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