This night our Community room is open to eighty 15 year olds who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They want to learn how to pray. After a presention and Q and A we processed outside through the dark, cold night singing a Taize mantra and into the Chapel, the spiritual fireplace of our monastery. We prayed psalms 95 and 96 antiphonally, listened to a short Scripture reading then closed our eyes, attending to the Holy Spirit breathing in us and prayed silently for15 minutes.
Many of you know Jean Molesky-Poz. Jean blessed our house with a visit at the end of Oct. A few weeks later her marvelous husband, Martin, was In Bloomington translating for five immigrant families before the Fort Snelling immigration court. He is a specialist in three Maya languages and is flown all over the US as translator. He had just time for a bowl of chile and a plate of rice here at the monastery before he had to be at the airport to board his flight to Boston where he would translate for more immigrant families. Martin is a true American hero.
I love the highlights from our last letter to all the Poor Clares from Friar Michael Perry:
“Like Jesus, be ‘accessible,’ ready to receive whoever draws close to you.” And again, “Be a mirror of His mercy so that the meeting with Truth can liberate.”
Fifteen men from the ACTS Mission joined the Community and friends to pray the Divine Office and celebrate the Eucharist. They continued here through the day with a mini retreat in preparation for the Thursday to Sunday retreat they will offer to their brothers in the Faith at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake starting next Thursday
Sister Lucie and her brother, Dominique La Fleur
Dominique joined us for the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.
He is knowledgeable in so many fields that we were continually engaged by his intelligence and wit.
Our monastery here in Bloomington, Minnesota is a member of the Mother Bentivoglio Federation of Poor Clares in the United States. We team up with the Holy Name Federation every two years for an inter federation assembly. Our Sr. Gabriel Zwiener, second from the right, serves on the Council of the Federation.
Two weeks ago, Saturday, May 17, twenty five couples from Assumption parish joined us for our Saturday morning Eucharist, together with the team of five couples who would serve the day long Marriage preparation retreat. It was a great joy for us to have these beautiful people with us and to experience how lay leadership is developing in our Church today.
Pictured here is the Marriage preparation team.