Ave Maria! I am so sorry it’s been so long. I came down with food poisoning over Christmas…which lasted quite a while! I was unable to run the New Year’s Day 5K because of it.
Plans are in the works for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K here in Chicago…and we await date and location confirmation for the Spring 1/2 Marathon.
I’ve been very busy with my work for the Archdiocese of Chicago Respect Life Office-where I am still employed full time. I am preparing to lead 70 college students to the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. I look forward to praying and witnessing for the end of abortion with so many wonderful men and women from across our nation.
God continues to bless us at the Mission–just today as I walked to the bus stop several neighbors stopped me to thank me for what we do at the Mission, taking time to introduce themselves. It really touched me and made me realize how important it is that we live on the West Side, and we really are neighbors to the people who we love and desire to serve.
The other day I was thinking about how discouraging it can be when we try so hard and there seems to be no fruit. Then I realized, even when we try, God is so please with that effort. As St. Maximilian said, God is even pleased with our desire to please Him! So, do not be discouraged. As Ven. Pope John Paul II said, we are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!
I continue to pray for you every day during Holy Mass and Adoration, and am so grateful for your Spiritual and Financial support. Tomorrow will be my first run since I’ve been sick, so I’ll be sure to offer up your intentions during the run. Please continue to pray that God inspires others to help me pay off my debt so that I can be free to be a Franciscan Sister! God bless you!