“You get to see God in there!” one of the kids said to his friends on the sidewalk approaching the convent, as he was exiting. Our Trick or Treaters were invited to make a visit to our chapel after they got their treat of candy and a Holy Card of St. Michael.
We enjoyed our first Halloween at the convent. (Last year it was on a Saturday and we were at the mother house.) Not only do we enjoy seeing the children, but the event also serves as a way to help people connect with Jesus and His Church. Some of the neighborhood kids know little about the church and less about Sisters, so the opportunity to bring them in for a minute can be a grace for them.
Seeing our Convent chapel the first time kind of takes your breath away. From the outside it looks like a normal house for normal people. As soon as you look behind the front door it’s pretty clear that this is a different sort of place. Not only do the Sisters live here, that room is clearly a chapel, and Jesus lives there, too.
To hear a child say, “You get to see God in there,” brings joy to my heart. Nobody said that to him, he figured it out. That means the chapel is well designed and he picked up on a variety of signs that led him to a reality that he proclaimed aloud on the street.
We had 113 children and about half that many adults stop by. It was good to have you all, thanks for coming. Recognizing some of you with the costumes was a challenge! We pray a few seeds of grace were planted along with all that sugar.