good day

Warning - this is a newsy post. No profound thoughts. Just a rundown of my day ...Read at your own risk!

Today was a good day. We each take turns leading/crafting the prayer for the week in the house. This is my second turn. I've decided to design our morning prayers this week around different aspects of our Constitutions. This morning went pretty well. I then had a great morning of personal reflection time up in the tower of the motherhouse. It's a great space that looks out on the NYC skyline in the distance. I love it up there. Then it was off to an individual conference with my Novice Director. And that was all before noon!

Then I had some special visitors ... my friends Jackie (from Portland who was in town visiting her sister) and Rick (who I know from Portland but is now in NYC). Almost 6 weeks into this experience, and they were my first visitors from outside the groovy novitiate world. It was so good to see them. I showed them around the place and then we went into a nearby town for a bite to eat. The food was yummy, but the conversation was even better. I was wondering if spending time with good friends from back home would make me even more homesick. And it still might. But at the moment, I'm finding that while I miss the people and places of my not so distant past, I know that this is where I'm meant to be for now.

I got back just in time for liturgy in the house. In fact, I was a little late because we got stuck in traffic. But my friends here at the house waited for me. Then a yummy dinner (who knew a crock pot meal could turn out so well!) and our scripture course with our groovy priest friend.

All in all a good but tiring day. Tomorrow it's off to our intercommunity novitiate program. I'll probably check in Thursday or Friday. Until then, peace to all my bloggy friends!


Anonymous said...

I don't understand why you don't pray the Liturgy of the Hours in common for Moring Prayer?

Anonymous said...

The Litergy of the Hours rocks!

Susan Rose Francois, CSJP said...

Each local community decides together how they want to pray together. Here at the Novitiate House, we decided to pray the office together every evening before dinner. For our morning prayer, it was decided that the prayer leader could decide to pray the office, have a reflection on the Gospel or some other shared prayer experience.

Like I said in my post, I decided this week to organize our prayer around our Community's constitutions. We gathered last Saturday as a Congregation to reflect and discuss what it means to be a community for mission. I felt that it would be a good thing for us to continue with that prayer and discernment this week as a community.