This summer our celebrations have been more than usual, but whether we are in the midst of celebrations or living our ordinary lives, a grace-filled undercurrent carried us through full days of ordinary little things done with great love.
To give one example, we can say without any hesitation that the kitchen crew exemplifies what our foundress Catherine meant by “little things done with great love.” Day after day, they prepare nourishing meals from foods grown on our farm. To help them in their work, they are asking for digital timers, heat-resistant rubber spatulas, and a 35-cup coffee urn.
Once again the Cana Colony family retreat weeks were an enriching experience for the families who came. Something special happens when a family shares a rustic cabin, plays together in nature, and welcomes God’s grace through the liturgy. Some items that would help their meal preparation next year are family-size plastic serving bowls, plastic platters, and 9-inch cast iron and stainless steel skillets.
In a household the size of ours, there are almost always some things in short supply. These days, we could use cotton dish rags, dish towels, and twin-size bedspreads. Plus, due to power outages, we are really low on batteries of all sizes.
Thanks for the steady trickle of tennis balls. Please keep them coming. We still have a number of chairs that haven’t been “shoed” with them yet.
For the past 15 years or so, we have been using the same red bows on our two Christmas wreaths in the chapel, and they are beginning to shred. Would someone be able to provide us with red fabric ribbon about 2 ½ to 3 inches wide and 8 to 10 yards long. The reason we want fabric ribbon, such as satin or taffeta (without plastic backing) is so that we can re-iron them each year and keep them for many years.
We often frame donated pictures to sell in the gift shop. For this work, the handicraft workers need blades for a mat cutter (utility knife), Stanley #299 and metal hangers for clip frames.
The nurses would like to replenish their supplies of borage oil capsules, vitamin A 25,000 I.U., vitamin B complex, 50 or 100 mg., regular strength Tylenol, and Benadryl, 25 mg. Can you help with any of these?
There are just two more items we want to beg for: #9 envelopes and a couple of lawn sprinklers.
As we consider the world news in recent months, it is striking us how much we need to pray for peace in every land and in every heart. Let us walk together through the days ahead with confidence that love and peace will blossom and change many hearts.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (September 2005)
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