Friday, January 8, 2010
Meet Sister Ma Salete de Rocha from Brazil (left) and Sister Lumen Gloria Dungea from the Phillipines. Both sisters have previous served as Prioress of one of the many communities of the Missionary Benedictines and are now currently in Rome. Sister Salete is a counselor and Sister Lumen is a Supervisor.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Brother Andre is from the Monsteiro de Sao Bento in Brazil. This is the monastery that is connected to St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe. Some of my sisters will recognize Brother Andre from his visits to town.
Pictured to the right is Sister Meg Kahler, (Good Samaritan) from Sidney, Australia having coffee with Father Simon Peter. Sister Meg teaches physical education in their secondary or high school.
Sister Jaya just finished being prioress of her community for 6 years. She is 35 years of age and a jewel as St. Benedict would say.
Both Sister Jaya and Veronica are a welcome addition to our class.
Fr. Simon Peter Njagua and Sister Scholastica Katono are from Uganda. Sister Scholastica is a teacher while Simon Peter is a carpenter for his community in the Netherlands.
Brother Cosmas P.U. Ubadimbu is a Benedictine from Nigeria. He only arrived yesterday due to security issues in his country. His brother, who he had not seen in 5 years came last evening to visit with him.
I will take this opportunity and a little everyday to introduce you to my classmates here in Rome below are Sisters Agnes, Irene and Imelda. They are Missionary Benedictines. Sister Agnes and Imelda visited the Mother-house in Germany before coming to this class. Sr. Irene, just finished 8 years in China and will return home with her sisters after this class. They will return to serve their country Windhoek, Namibia which is the former South Africa. They say "Blessings" or "Hello".
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The smells of the fruit after the morning rain tingled the senses...
Avacado's and Cabbage to be harvested..
It was during this walk that I realized God was talking to me with all of my senses....from the rich earth, the great smell of dirt, to the work of the Sisters, it all brought life to this area....it was being reborn. If you closed your eyes you could almost hear the plants growing....bursting with life...it was a beautiful day to "LISTEN......"
Monday, January 4, 2010
First, the infants or Nativity Set is very plain and simple. It includes the infant in a crib but no Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph or Animals. The traditional manger scene is noticably absent within the convent and surrounding locales.
In fact on Wednesday, the town will close and they will parade around with just the infant...indeed it is the celebration as it was probably intended long ago. It is a time to see the infant...to bring gifts to the child...to spend time with God. You see the Magi traveled two years just to spend a short time with the Infant God. They searched for Him under the stars with the threat of death....I wonder how many of us would search for God under these circumstances. You see, Herod, in anger was killing all male infants under two years of age. Sound familiar....we are killing young infants as well...either by abortion, birth control or by not caring enough to immunize, feed or care for these voice less little ones. Are we like Herod...angry, blaming an innocent child for our troubles. Well enough of me preaching...On Wednesday, the infants here will be honored, paraded and given gifts in commeration of the Epiphany of our Lord, 2010. Be a new kind of Magi this year and seek God out....spend some time with the Lord.
God Bless from Rome.
Sr. John Paul
Sunday, January 3, 2010
This is the convent of the Benedictine Missionarie di Tutzing where I am staying. As you can see from the picture, it is green and there are flowers blooming outside.
The Sisters serve in various countries including the United States.
Our schedule is quiet full but I look forward to sharing with you all that this wonderful land and course has to offer. In the mean time....I must get the items together for my class tomorrow..
Blessings and prayers
Sr. John Paul
I am grateful for this opportunity to study! I miss you all but you are in my prayers.
Sr. John Paul