Once again we are in Lent, the season of purification and repentance. These seven weeks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are also for us a time of hope and a time when nature cheers us on with longer, brighter days and the promise of maple syrup when the sap begins to rise in the trees.
Thank you for your recent donations which are serving our needs and the needs of our neighbors quite wonderfully.
Gudrun Schultz, our laundress, is especially grateful for the spray starch. She is now asking for indelible laundry marking pens and steam irons in working condition.
Peter Bullen, our cheese maker at the farm, needs a pair of elbow-length "food grade" nitrile rubber gloves, size large. And the farmers would be happy to receive rubber boots with steel toes in sizes 10, 11, and 12.
Marie-Thérèse McLaughlin, who looks after our household needs, reports that we are well supplied except for toothbrushes and rubber gloves, size medium and large.
We have used lots of cough drops this winter. Can you help to re-stock? We also need Q-tips, cotton balls, Gas-X (or the equivalent) and Pepto-Bismol.
Thank you for keeping our kitchen supplied with plastic containers. They now need stainless steel pancake turners or flippers, and they still need glass inserts for thermos bottles.
Our orchard keeper, Mary Davis, is begging for wetable sulphur to spray the fruit trees to prevent scab. Other items she will be needing for the coming gardening season are: bonemeal and lime and rain jackets and pants.
Besides their usual request for paper (8.5 x 11) and envelopes (#10), our office is also asking for the following: #10 airmail envelopes, legal-size file folders, desk top organizers, and two-sided tape.
We received a donation of gilded picture frames, which, with a bit of restoring, can be sold in our gift shop. Rub ‘n Buff, a metallic paint in a tube, is a good product to use for this. If you use it yourself, perhaps you could spare a tube for us. We use mostly gold and copper.
Our sacristan, Viva LeBlanc, is looking ahead to Holy Week when she and others will be polishing the sacred vessels in several chapels. She would welcome any kind of non-toxic brass polishing cream, such as MET-ALL.
People in just about every corner of Madonna House use masking tape, and we would be most grateful for a few rolls of 3/4 inch tape.
We find it so heartening to know that you, our friends and benefactors, want to hear what particular things we need. It is also humbling to know how much we need to depend on your generosity and care.
This is certainly a relationship of Christian love. You are in our hearts in a special way, and because of that, we never fail to carry you in prayer in our community liturgies.
May your Lent overflow with grace.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (March 2010)
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