Archive for February, 2013

A little update from me to you-Sr. Carolyn

Posted by admin On February - 22 - 2013

Today KC was home doing some work so after trying to figure out how to do the blog posting and putting on pictures and failing again she came to my rescue.

For some of you who may not know, my father died before Christmas.  I was able to get home to be with my family.  He had a peaceful death.  He was 92 and had Parkinsons and dementia.

When I was home and also when I returned to the monastery, I was getting headaches every day and ended up in the emergency room with the biggest migraine I had every had with numbness on the left side of my body.  It was a bit scary.  I am now on medication that seems to be working and one med just for migraines.  So now I am back to as normal as I can be.

The good stuff is that the daffodils are out and they are my favorite spring flower.  I think they look like smiling faces on the hillsides, in the grotto and all over the monastery grounds.  We get cold then warmer temps so we enjoy the warmer sunshine days and try to get some outside work done.

It is lent as some of you know and God gives us something to work on and we don’t even have to ask.  That is OK with me.  I figure God knows better than I. So my prayer for you this day is that you will be open to God’s invitation to work in your life in whatever area God’s feels necessary to make you the best you can be.     Peace to all.  CarolynKburke 011


Continuation of the article in our winter newsletter

Posted by admin On February - 22 - 2013

            My CNA class was also useful in a personal way when I was allowed the opportunity to go home for a month and help my family with caring for my dad.  He is at home and is bedridden.  He is in the later stages of Parkinson’s.  At this time, he has Home Health and Hospice.  This time at home gave my sisters who are closer a break.  Not only helping with my dad but getting some inside and outside jobs.  This time was a gift to see my family, use my knowledge I just acquired, and feeling good about what I had accomplished around the house. 

            More gifts were my vacation time in Wisconsin with Sr. Judy and Kathy Burke.  We went fishing up north at Pelican Lake where Kathy grew up and Post Lake.  I didn’t catch a big one this year but God’s gift was seeing two eagles, an osprey and the joy of seeing them enjoy themselves.  Kathy’s sister, Maureen, joined us and we had many laughs as they shared family stories.  Another gift was my retreat time here at the monastery and our community days at Sharon Hubert’s home.  Of course every day if we are aware, is full of gifts from God.  We as a community have now a monthly sharing of gratitude during morning liturgy.  It is a special time to share what each has experienced during the month.  We have all realized that we can be grateful for even the difficult times as well as the good.

            I am hoping to but some pictures on the blog so you will see if I can do it.  Peace to each and everyone one of you. 


                                  Carolyn and Kathy Christmas 004