Here we are in the first week of the short Ordinary Time that precedes the beginning of Lent. What "ordinary" is happening you ask? First, not-done-ordinarily is the continuation of our dining room/community room renovation--ta da!
Secondly, although we've only had 1", that's one inch, of snow in January, the pre-schoolers at St. Benedict Child Development Center are building---an igloo! Here it is this week--in its early stages:
And finally, our prioress Anne is on her way back from her adventure in India. They traveled from the southeast up to the northwest, to New Delhi and a trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra before takeoff for Zurich, Chicago and then Pittsburgh. She sent emails home when she could, telling of her wonder and enjoyment of the customs and rituals that she experienced. So many of the people are poor, by our measurements, and yet they are happy, full of generosity and hospitality and very religious and rich in celebration. This week they experienced an annual harvest festival that Christians, Hindu and Muslims all enjoyed and celebrated together.
Here is the website of the Grace and Compassion Benedictines that she visited while there.