Today is the World Day of Consecrated Life. In our Diocese, here in Corpus Christi, we had a Mass at the Cathedral. I always dread this because we have to process in and I feel the whole world is looking at me (it's also televised....) Well, it's a bit prideful to think they are ALL looking at me since there are many, many other religious, but being a bit on the shy side, well, I can't help it.
During the Mass, the jubilarians in our Diocese were recognized for their years of service.
Our jubilarians were:
Sister Mary Stella Barrientes
Sister Margaret Patrice Bradley
Sister Mary Christina Bradley
Sister Mary Lucy Garcia
Sister Denise Cassidy
Sister Brenda Thompson
Sister Barbara Marie Netek
Congratulations to my nunnies! May they continue to serve the Incarnate Word and to be gospels of love.
I guess to celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Lilfe, I put out the February batch of marmalade and jelly. This month I made Sweet Carrot Marmalade and Apple Jelly.
As soon as I put them out today, the apple ones were gone. Thank God I took the picture before I put the note on the door. I was expecting people to buy marmalade tomorrow when they come to Mass but some of the nunnys bought the jelly to give to friends.
Back in the day when the Sisters were building this Convent and trying to raise the money to pay for it, Sister Raphael Bartosh and Sister Anselm Till stayed up late many nights to make jellies to sell. We used to have grape vines. They would tend the vines, pick the grapes, make jelly and then they would go sell it. It was a lot of work (I bet they made it in industrial amounts.) The very first time I attempted to make grapefruit marmalade I got stuck. I had put too much water and it wouldn't gel. Then the jars would not seal. I started then asking Sr. Raphael to be a guardian angel (she has gone to heaven now.)
So, this marmalade is in honor of those Sisters who worked hard, played fair and loved much. May God bless us and allow us to follow the wonderful example of the many who have gone before us and who wait for us in Heaven.
Praised be the Incarnate Word!