Community life, like family life, takes some extra work and determination! Our community of over a hundred has small groups of 5-14 for evening recreation, family support, and prayer. Every Fall our small groups gather to set goals, evaluate how they are supporting each other and the community as a whole, and determine how the work of community life can be helped. Out on the mission, Sister and I just sat down to discuss life at our little Convent apartment away from the Monastery.
We asked one of our sisters from the closest of our Convents to guide us through our discussion. The work of our community life was wonderful discussion and all worked out well. Our life together moves along fairly smoothly, but it is always good to reflect and share about the past year and our hopes for the year to come. Then the secondary reason for our going to the other sisters' Convent apartment was FUN.
We recently put our 6 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, 2 living room (you get the picture) house up for sale since we only had a couple sisters still living and working in the city. So...They gave us a tour of our new place in the big city! It is a lovely little Convent apartment, simply furnished but homey. After our meeting, we shared in a wonderful supper, Liturgy of the Hours, and reflection on the Gospel. Then we returned to the table for some fun! A lively game of hand and foot which my partner, Sister Principal, and I lost...but a good time was had by all. It was good just to visit, see our new place, hear their stories of moving and packing and moving, and share some prayer together. Sister Roommate and I didn't set out for home until 9:45PM (very late)!
Even though it was quite the late night by the time we reached our little convent, it was a wonderful day and blessing to get to visit with our sisters nearby. Now, we are getting back to the work of our daily life our horarium here together while we remember our sisters at the Monastery. Soon enough we will be home for a weekend Theology Institute and later on our holiday fair...