The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples. This line from Psalm 24 is very appropriate for summer in Combermere. For then the fullness of the Lord manifests itself when he showers his love on us in the fruits of the earth and in the faces of the many people who pass through our blue doors.
This is the time of year when our animals can enjoy the pasture, and electric fencing is very helpful in keeping them from straying. If you have any electric fencing that you are no longer using, we would be grateful to have it.
When food processing moves into high gear, we could use another pair of long, heavy-gauge rubber gloves for reaching into the hot water baths to retrieve the canning jars. We are grateful for the aprons we received last season.
This time, our kitchen is only asking for a couple of things: coffee filters (all sizes) and matches (book or wood). Yes we still use the wood stoves for cooking in the summer, and first thing in the morning we need to light those fires.
We also need matches to light our sanctuary lamps and vigil lights as we remember your intentions.
In just a couple of days, on June 8th, the feast of Our Lady of Combermere, we will be blessed to witness our brothers and sisters making or renewing promises of poverty, chastity and obedience. The three new staff, those who will be making their first promises, will be given our Madonna House cross, which will hang around their necks with a black cord.
St. Raphael’s handicraft staff were a little worried when they went to look for cord for these shiny new crosses, but they had just the right amount!
Would you help us prepare for the next class by sending us some black cord? (It needs to fit through a knitting needle gauge size 12 Canadian or size 1 American.)
St. Raphael’s staff are also looking for 1-inch-wide masking tape.
The office staff have been busy reorganizing their supplies, and so they need desktop and drawer organizers, and 2-drawer letter-size filing cabinets. They also need address books, pens, traditional letter openers, and scotch tape of all types including refills for dispensers.
We are grateful for the envelopes you sent us, and so the only kind we need right now are #10 security envelopes.
We continue to use all the computer paper you send us, both the new and the "good-on-one-side," and we will continue to be grateful for any more you send our way.
In summer, the laundry is kept busy not only with the usual flow of clothing, bedding, chapel linen, towels, etc., but they also do the bedding and chapel linens for Cana Colony, our retreat-vacation camp for families.
The laundry is asking for spray stain remover and Oxy Clean or some other such product.
Summer is the busy season for the gift shop, and I do mean busy. People really enjoy shopping there.
This month, the gift shop staff are asking for lunch bags, orange oil for cleaning wood, men’s safety razors (these are a hit), and pocket knives. And they want to thank you for the medals you sent, especially St. Christopher’s, and for the silver chains. They would also be glad to receive some gold chains.
Our nurses have just a few requests this month: hot and cold gel packs, magnesium citrate, pill cutters, nose pieces for eyeglasses, cotton gloves, and antibiotic ointment.
We would also be grateful for toothpaste, shampoo, men’s shaving lotion, medium and large rubber gloves for kitchen use, and chemical-grade rubber gloves.
Also, manual carpet sweepers are very helpful in our smaller buildings that have area rugs. If you have one you are no longer using, we would appreciate having it.
We are grateful to you, our dear friends, who take the time to read this column and to share with us and with those we serve, what the Lord in his goodness has given you.
May your hearts be open to receive the fullness of love that Our Lord desires for you.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (July-August 2012)
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