Monthly Archives: December 2013
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The day after Christmas, early in the morning, we traveled to the airport in Port au Prince to pick up Sister Mary Honorata, and three Felician College students–Kaitlin, Kristen and Shana. Today they began their mission work–teaching English.
We begin each day reflecting on the Word of God, and we focus on one of the Franciscan core values each day. At the end of the day, we have faith sharing and reflect how each core value is experienced.
In the afternoon we visited a family and showed our volunteers the city of Jacmel.
On Christmas Day our chapel was transformed into Bethlehem. It was filled throughout the day with children and young people who came to adore the newborn King, Christ the Lord. With each group, we shared the story of Christ’s birth and His coming among us. During the singing of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” each person came forward to adore Jesus. Some of our children were very poorly dressed, and we thought about the Shepherds who came from the fields to worship Jesus. Everyone received a gift from Jesus. For the children that we have been working with this past year, we had special gifts prepared. The children we had never seen before were given bags of candy and little stuffed animals. It was truly as if God had provided the gifts for his little ones. We had enough for everyone. After we shared a delicious meal prepared by the ladies in the community. We added our own baked goods, too.
We both shared that this was the most meaningful Christmas we have ever had in our lives.
We are very aware that our children and their families do not have the opportunity to share and celebrate Christmas the way we know it. Knowing this, we decided to make this Christmas special for them. We started preparing with the children spiritually–every Sunday evening during Advent we had catechesis, prayer and singing (all in Creole). They are great listeners and singers!
For the past few days, we have been preparing gifts and food. We baked peanut butter cookies and went to the market with our Haitian cooks for the food to be prepared for our Christmas dinner for our community. We are expecting about 50 people on Christmas Day.
Being busy with these preparations, we almost forgot about Wigilia for ourselves. Until now, we have been living in places where Wigilia was prepared for us😊. We decided to make pierogi. This was a first for us😉.