Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sr. Maria Guadalupe's Feast Day, 2015

Saturday, December 12, was the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In addition to our beautiful Mass, we celebrated Sr. Maria Guadalupe's prioral feast day! The general theme for the day was "Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace", since this is her motto.When a nun in our monastery makes solemn profession, she also chooses a phrase that is meaningful to her to be her motto. This can be almost anything. We have a sister whose motto is simply "Fiat" (from the Vulgate version of the Bible) and another whose motto is "Nothing but Yourself, O Lord" (the famous quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas).

But back to the feast day celebration! We began with a lovely bilingual musical setting of "Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace" and moved on to a series of skits and readings of various kinds that illustrated each petition in the prayer: love, peace, pardon, faith, hope, light, joy, etc.

Our subprioress, Sr. Mary Margaret, presents Sr. Maria Guadalupe with our theme 

Sr. Mary Christine's colorful presentation 

Sr. Maria Cabrini's presentation included cookies! Delicious!

Sr. Mary Annunciata narrated a puppet show based on the children's book "No Matter What". (Can you see the puppets on top of the screen??)

A battle for Cloe's mind and heart between her guardian angel and a devil. Of course, grace triumphed in the end!

In the afternoon, we played a spirited game of "Texingo" (which is Texas bingo). A good time was had by all!

The gift table! We didn't have time to open Sr. Maria Guadalupe's many gifts yet, so the celebration continues!

We ended the day with a movie that highlighted some of the virtues we were trying to both show in our presentations and put into practice in our lives. It was actually very enjoyable--just as virtue is often enjoyable when you live it! We all had a great day--and we think Sr. Maria Guadalupe did, too!

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