Living these Ordinary Days have left my in an unordinary daze! Summer at the monastery is always filled with a variety of prayer, work, and play that can leave a sister spinning if she doesn't write it all down (well, at least this sister anyhow). I have been blessed with house ministries that keep me working with a variety of sisters throughout the house...
First, the garden, poor thing, has been receiving all due attention with weeding, watering, and loving care. However, the lack of rain in our area has driven the rabbits, gofers, and a whole variety of critters into our fair acre and so very little of our beans, peas, and other lovey veggies have grown very far without being nibbled back down to nubs. However, Saint Benedict predicted that a monastery would never be without guests and it continues to ring true today. Another of my works for the house is to assist the sister who cleans our guest rooms. It is easy to forget how many people come to visit when we spend our days on the 'cloister' side of the house, but the mix of friends, travelers, and the curious continue to amaze me! There are also the little works of the monastery are simply called 'charges'. The house charges are the many little things that need to be done to help care for the daily needs of our family home. I have Chapel cleaning on Fridays as well as supper and lunch dishes.
Framing all this is our rhythm of prayer. Admittedly, this is my favorite part of being home for the summer. Being with the whole community, the whole family for prayer and Eucharist. A chance to look around Chapel and pray for each as we pray together. A chance to fall back into the heartbeat of our pace in prayer...each house seems to have its own pace and spacing and it's nice to be home in our rhythm for awhile so as to carry it back to the convent apartment this Fall.