O Sapientia! Today we begin prayig with the “O Antiphons”…and I want to wish you a blessed Advent! It has been such a long time since I’ve posted…but I haven’t forgotten to pray for all of you!
So many wonderful things have happened over the past month or so—the weekend of November 14 I was able to attend the first YOUTH 2000 Retreat in the Joliet Diocese. This was a beautiful weekend, full of grace for all who attended. Please keep the young people—especially the Confirmation students—in your prayers that they be open to the graces God is offering!
This past weekend (December 13) we had our neighborhood Christmas Party at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. Nearly 200 children and their families came for a meal, making Christmas Cards and horse rides! Through the generosity of many parishes, families and even American Airlines, each child left with at lest 2 gifts. Thousands of pieces of clothing—including warm winter coats—were also given to our neighbors! What an honor to share the joy of Jesus’ birth in such a special way.
Last month, because of your generosity, I was able to pay off the two loans with the highest interest rates—roughly $30,000! Right now the debt remaining is about $60,000. There are still donations coming in nearly every day. I am waiting for enough money to be saved (between gifts and my own saving up of my salary) to pay down the loan with the next highest interest rate, which is about $15,000. If you or anyone you know is still looking for a place to make a gift this Christmas season, please prayerfully consider helping me to pay off my debt so that I can freely enter religious life!
Know that you and your intentions are in my daily prayers—during Mass and Holy Hour, most especially—and I am most grateful for your prayers! I’ll try to post more during these days leading up to the celebration of Christmas! God bless you!