I learned a new word today - in British English that is. Today was my day to help out at the offices of Pax Christi. I've got a little project that I'm working on there, but as there is a looming postal strike here in the UK and a substantial part of the project has to do with a mailing, I helped out with some general office tasks today instead. One of said tasks involved cutting bigger bits of paper into smaller bits ... on a guillotine! Or as we would call it in American English, a "paper cutter."

Perhaps it is because of our revolutionary roots, but I associate the guillotine with Marie Antoinette, not making paper smaller. In fact, I had never heard a paper cutter called a guillotine until today. Funny how different American and British English vocabulary can be.

Things continue to go well here as the time flies by. Saturday I will have been in the UK for 3 weeks! My ministry experiences have been wonderful. The Sisters I live with are equally so. I'm still working on balancing ministry with community life and prayer - which I suppose will be something I will be saying for the rest of my life! :)

Tomorrow I'm getting my hair cut. One of the Sisters I live with gave me a coupon for a free cut at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. We'll see how that goes. The good thing about hair is, it grows back!

Saturday we're headed to the Province Assembly. I will get to meet most of the Sisters from this Province then, which I'm really looking forward to.

Hope all is well with you all!


Anonymous said...

how did the haircut turn out?

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

surprisingly well! it took 3 hours, but it was free. It's a relief to have short hair again.

Lee Strong said...

I used to be involved with Pax Christi. I'm thinking of rejoining - and seeing what is happening locally (in Western New York) .

What got you involved.

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

I first became involved when I helped form a Pax Christi chapter in Portland, Oregon.

I had been involved in the faith based peace movement in the time after 9/11 and leading up to the war. I was tired of being the only Catholic in the group, and wanted to ground my peace work in my own faith tradition.

Pax Christi is great!