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Landon the Bug Whisperer

I’m not real fond of bugs.  I can kill a big spider if I need to, but if there’s another capable party, I’ll watch thank you.  Not so for Landon!

IMG_4515Before school in the courtyard, the second graders are pretty much all on an insect hunt!  It is obvious they are in the midst of a bug unit.  Though we have yet to complete two weeks of school, they are all about the bugs.  I find Landon in the courtyard with a HUGE CICADA on his shirt.  IMG_4512He is not screaming, not squirming, not chasing other children around with it, not doing most of the things I might expect an average second grade boy to do with a large scary looking bug.  Rather, he is calmly putting it on his shirt where others are getting close up to take a good look.  If it moves he gently picks it off his shirt and moves it to where he wants it.  As he pulls it off his shirt, I’m glad to see those little pinching gripping legs are not pull threads loose on his shirt.  I’m also working hard to look very calm and asking him to not let it crawl very far up toward his face, which he seems not to mind in the least.  Right after we took these pictures, Landon points up and says, “Look there,  a moth!”  IMG_4517It was way up on the roof of the awning; yes, he has a clear dose of love of the great outdoors and the Father’s little animals.

He is a Bug Whisperer of sorts.  Calm, draws them to himself without hurting them, he enjoys them.  I won’t go so far as to say the bugs enjoy him, as I can’t read the enjoyment level of a bug, but they sure are not scared of him, or that thing would have flown, ran, bit or scratched.

There’s pretty much a room full of Bug Whisperers in there.  I went in for the photo op this morning and asked who really likes bugs.  The hands shot up everywhere, so here’s a few of them in front of the themed bulletin board.  IMG_4519Clearly Mrs. Magnuson, too, is a Bug Whisperer.  Sister Mary Maximilian collected a few specimens at the Motherhouse for the crew, but she does not get the title of Whisperer, me either.  Nevertheless it is beautiful to see the Spirits gifts in others and in His creation appreciated by his children.  Well done, Father, Mrs. Magnuson, Landon and the whole lot of you!

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Our Lady’s Rosary Makers – Not What You Think

IMG_4401Sixth graders are on fire.  They have made hundreds of cord rosaries and it appears we are still early in the process.  Eighth grade Giana Girls are also engaging in the process.  Even some fourth graders have gotten involved.  Sister Mary Guadalupe is the main instigator, and she is willing to teach a new Rosary Devotee how to tie a knot any chance she gets.

This week a small group of sixth graders came to me with a charitable request.  IMG_4397One of our kindergartners has recently been diagnosed with leukemia.  The girls, some of whom have very close associations with leukemia in their own families, wanted to help that kindergartner and her family.  They’d like to market their rosaries for her.  I love how their hearts that are making the connection that we could do this to help another.  The boys will be helping, too, but this core group has a good dose of the feminine genius that we will fan into flame.  They have the green light from me to proceed with their plan.  They have a strategy for posters as well as a time and place to engage not only the school community, but also our parish and a couple other parishes.  Some have also begun to reach out to their family members.  The leadership ability of these young people is growing, as is their charity to those in need.

IMG_4402We have been communicating with the cord manufacturers to see if they, too, would like to contribute to our cause.  I’m wondering who they think is on the other end of the communique.  Sisters in their 80s are a grace for the Church (someday I hope to be one), but that is not the “Rosary Makers” of today, here at our school!

Just yesterday a few eighth graders proposed a project to promote solidarity and prayer for the same intention…more on that next week.  In the meantime, join us in prayer for that little one and her family.  Many of our children have “tied one on” literally.  May they tie Rosary knots for charity and the good of the Mystical Body with regularity throughout their lives.

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Passion for Vocation

Perpetually Professed Sisters

Perpetually Professed Sisters

 

Sisters in First Vows

Sisters in First Vows

Last night as the sisters spoke on vocation and how God worked in their lives, I too, heard things anew.  Two lines stick in my mind.  The first was Sister Mary Gabriel’s search for passion and a way of life that would provide the fire of excitement for living.  Allow me to paraphrase her talk.  She was trying to figure out what to do with life, her parents were asking about what she planned to do after graduation.  She described a few options for using her teaching degree in northern Illinois where her sister lived, as well as a few other options.  Later as she recalled the dialogue with her parents she realized, “I get excited about many things, like Rueben sandwiches and playing chess, but here I am about to use my college degree and I have no fire.  Something is not right here.”  Her discernment continued and she found the missing link.  Teaching is good, but combining it with the gift of self to the Lord creates excitement, and brings passion to life in the gift of self through Religious Life.

The second memorable line which Sister Regina Marie delivered with great affect was a quote which her mom used frequently.  Michele loves the Marian sisters and took the family there often to help with this or that project or to pray with them, so Sister went there often.  On the way off the grounds, after a long pleasant sigh of satisfaction, they would hear the line, “Oh, I just love those women!”  Speaking positively about the Church and vocations fosters love of the Lord.  You should have heard sister deliver it!

Another moment of God’s grace that I will never forget, was God’s response when I was discerning and asking Him what He wanted me to do with my life.  After praying my first novena (I had just learned of them from my holy friends), I was confident that somehow the Lord would answer, though I didn’t know what it would look like.  Then in the midst of it He came, (pause please) I had no idea He could work so powerfully.  There, in the old Newman center, in the fourth pew back on the left side, He came.  He came with an overwhelming sense of His presence and two enlightenments:  first of His love for me as an individual, and secondly, His choice of Religious Life for me.  Those sentiments along with great joy not only washed over me, but went all the way through me.  The first words out of my mouth were.  “Wow, Lord, I knew you’d answer, but I had no idea you would be so powerful and clear!  Thank you!”

What a blessing to live with passion, and to be formed in a family where there was positive regard for not only vocations and the sisters, but for the Church.  You can’t out give the Lord, we give a little and He gives infinitely more.  Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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Community view from Epiphany House loft

In Christ’s Love,

Sister Mary Michael

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