"May almighty God bless you. May God look upon you with mercy and give you peace..."-Blessing of St. Clare

A message from our Abbess…

October 2017

Dear Friends

Autumn is upon us; what a beautiful season it is! Don't you love the cool breeze, the touch of colors in the trees, the change in the morning and evening light! It invites sweaters, hot cider or cocoa, a fire in the fireplace and hearty soups for supper!

And yet all is not snug, cozy and warm. Our hearts ache for our brothers and sisters who are suffering so much - from hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and violence! It takes courage, stamina, strength of body and mind - and hope - to navigate the long road to recovery they face. We may not be able to supply their many material needs, but we can stand in solidarity with them praying for their strength and hope.

However, let's remember that God's wondrous love is just as present to us in the ordinary of our everyday as in the spectacular of a solar eclipse. God's presence is revealed to us continually - and we don't need special glasses to see it. We only need the desire and awareness of watching and listening with open, receptive hearts.

Any of us who have had an experience of loss, trauma or tragedy know that God is with us in it and sees us through it every time. That knowledge doesn't make the next experience easy but it can give us hope to keep going. Let's hold these people in our prayer even after they disappear from our television screens, that they may have enduring hope.

We sincerely thank you for your gift which makes our life of prayer possible. Our prayer for you is that you will be blessed for your goodness.

Gratefully,

Sr. Carolyn Forgette, osc and all your Poor Clare Sisters

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