November 2010 Month of Prayers for the Faithful Departed

+JMJ November began with the Solemnity of All Saints, the vigil being All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) in which children trick or treat. We attempt to evangelize that it is really about remembering all the unknown saints who lived their lives united with Jesus. We usually give out holy cards of canonized Saints with the candy treat to the children dressed in their costumes, but since we were not in our own home this year, we united in prayer with the Saints for the children.

Construction of the convent is nearing the end and going very, very slowly mainly because our contractor has other jobs going on that seem to take a priority over our home… but it is an opportunity to continue to grow in patience. The projected move-in date is now in December, possibly before Christmas, God willing…

We have much to be thankful for and so we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Ventura at our borrowed home until our home is finished.

Sister Mary Joseph while in the state of Washington was able to discern that the candidate from there will not be able to enter the postulancy, a difficult decision but better to acknowledge at this point than later. We are thankful for the opportunity of journeying with someone in discernment. We continue to pray for others whom the Lord will bring to us in discernment of their vocation and whether they are called to enter our formation process.

This is a special month in which we remember and pray for all those who have gone on before us: all of our family members, friends and benefactors. “May their soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.”

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