January is, of course, a quiet month in the gardens. However, under the earth, earthworms are burrowing deeply letting air into the soil thus preparing it for the spring planting.
We, too, are going deeper on our journey to Christ who lives within us. In Catherine’s book, The People of the Towel and the Water, are the words: "Our greatest contribution to all work that we undertake for God is being united to Christ inwardly, to contemplate him in the depth of our souls."
Though our hearts may be silent, our lives are active, and we thank you for all you do for us.
The nurses especially want to thank you for the vitamins C and D, Ibuprofen, and aspirin you sent. They are still in need of Kleenex, Tylenol (500 mg) and cough drops.
The office would also like to thank you for the many generous gifts of office supplies. At this time, they are only in need of 2014 calendars and desk top organizers. (They are not able to use file trays.)
The gift shop is asking again for small paper bags for the customers’ purchases.
Our H.E.L.P. department (heating, electricity, lighting, and plumbing) is asking for an adjustable or crescent wrench—ten, twelve or fifteen inches. It would be useful for many jobs.
The carpentry department is using noisy machinery to do some much needed renovation. If you have any heavy duty ear-muff type ear protection you could send, the kind which goes over the whole ear, they would be very grateful.
The laundry often needs to pre-soak items, and they find Oxyclean and other pre-soak aids helpful. They would be thankful for any you send.
Also, do you have any clothesline separators you could send them? Our clotheslines are the kind that you move back and forth with a simple pulley, and the separators, which are placed in the middle of the lines, are needed to keep the heavy wet laundry from dragging the lines down.
The cleaning department is looking for upright vacuum cleaners, manual carpet sweepers, stainless steel polishing powder for the table where we scrape our pots and pans before washing them, and Murphy’s Wood Soap.
Last but not least, we also need toothpaste, dental floss, and unscented hand lotion.
As we contemplate God in the silence of our hearts in the midst of our daily routine, we remember you in our prayers with love and thanksgiving.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (January 2014)
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