I’ve posted before, but I thought I’d open a new thread in which to share articles from the blog I keep up for our community (Our Franciscan Fiat). I hope people enjoy them and find them at least a little bit helpful. Many of them are simply reflections on our daily life.
“We’re going shoplifting…I mean shopping.” JULY 21, 2015 (Please note: We work at St. Anne's, a home for elderly and vulnerable adults.) This morning, I hurried after prayer to make chapel preparations for Mass before going with Sister Elaine on her bi-weekly expedition. I normally do not do this, but I am getting ready to make special cheese cakes for our upcoming celebration of St. Anne’s Day and needed a few ingredients. We left right away at 7 a.m. in one of the big vans to go shopping; we wanted to be back on time for our 9 a.m. Mass. Sr. Elaine was to play the organ for the first hymn and I needed to be available to make finishing touches on the sacristy/altar preparations. Along with many other duties, Sr. Elaine helps St. Anne’s by “shoplifting.” Don’t worry; this does not refer to any illegal activity, but is just the term she jokingly uses to alert staff of her plans; they give her their lists of needed items and she graciously picks them up for them. Rather than add to her burden (especially since I was a little uncertain as to what I was getting), I went with Sr. Elaine this morning and found my cream cheese and graham crackers. I was “tickled pink” because I made a neat discovery. I will be making some chocolate peanut butter cakes along with the raspberry ones and I wanted something for a tasty and decorative topping. It made my morning when I saw bags of “Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips”…how perfect; it was exactly what I needed and I didn’t even know that such a thing existed. It seemed that Someone was looking out for me! Sr. Christina M. Neumann