As the country began to shut down, stay-at-home orders issued, public Masses suspended, I wondered how that would effect the daily life at St. Francis Convent. With a chaplain on-site, we were able to continue the celebration of the sacraments as a family and maintain our normal horarium that includes the Liturgy of the Hours. While we miss the members of the Legion of 1,000 who pray in our San Damiano Adoration Chapel, our sisters maintain the hours, interceding for the Church and the world especially during this time. Family prayer. Check.
We continue to eat our meals in common, enjoying conversation, hearing about the latest technological mishaps with Zoom classes from the teachers among us, or about the almost daily changes our sisters in healthcare are adapting to. Family meals. Check.
A great gift of this time for us has been the visible fruit of charity that has sprung up in our recreation together. We have gathered to play various sports, enjoyed a bonfire (complete with Peep/chocolate bunny s'mores), trivia, and have genuinely enjoyed the gift of each other.