February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The gospel passage describing the event ends with the words, When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth (Lk 2:39).
February 2 is also the World Day of Consecrated Life. In our particular form of commitment, Nazareth is the model and spiritual home. Like the Holy Family, Madonna House embraces a life of simplicity, an ordinary life filled with many little jobs to be done with great love for God and neighbor.
In February at Madonna House, removing snow and spreading sand on paths so that we don’t slip on the ice are among the jobs which our men do with great love.
But winter is not too soon to be looking ahead to the coming growing season. The men at the farm are asking for square garden shovels, round point spades, large 7-tine pitch forks for moving bedding, large steel or aluminum grain shovels, and some three-prong extension cords (10–20 feet long, if possible).
The nurses are very grateful for the low-dose aspirin, Ibuprofen, and vitamin D you sent. This time, they are asking for band-aids and vitamin C
St. Martha’s office thanks you for the generous donations of pens, pencils and tape. They have enough of these for now, but they are still in need of 2014 pocket calendars and planners and desktop organizers.
The kitchen thanks you for the herb tea donations you sent, and they want to let you know that this is an ongoing need. Two-to-three-cup size gravy/sauce boats would also be helpful.
The cleaning department thanks you for the dental floss and toothpaste, and they tell us that our big family could use some more of both.
They are also still in need of spray bottles, 8-inch or 12-inch squeegees, upright vacuum cleaners, and manual carpet sweepers. Also, would you have any shaving cream, Murphy’s Wood Soap, and unscented hand lotion?
Their final request is for sturdy baby baths, which we use for scrubbing and pre-washing small pots, kitchen utensils, containers, and other small kitchen items.
(With the amount of this type of dishwashing we do, if we didn’t pre-wash, we’d have to change the water in the dish-sink constantly.)
Catherine Doherty told us to preach the Gospel with our lives. Thank you for helping us to do so in the little jobs that are such an important part of our life.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2014)
If you enjoy our articles, we ask you to please consider subscribing to the print edition of Restoration; it's only $10 a year, and will help us stay in print. Thanks, and God bless you!