My local convent community is basically awesome. This is my first year here and these sisters amaze me with their generosity and hospitality ALL the time. Whatever shortcomings we all have... together... we are a really great group. I'm so grateful to God for putting me in this community with these particular sisters.
This weekend I realized all over again how awesome they really are. I asked to invite a large group of young sisters to stay at our house overnight so that we could recreate and be together. They said yes and were thrilled to have the youngin's invade the house. We live in a rather large house for the number of sisters here so there is a lot of room. As part of our community spirit of hospitality I got all the sisters rooms ready for them before they came; beds turned down, towels out, extra blanket ready, homemade welcome sign, and a little Valentine gift on their beds. I had a lot of fun, haha. I love to entertain.
After everyone arrived safe and sound, well almost sound... this was Catholic Horrors...ummm... I mean Catholic Schools Week, we found out that one of the sisters had a little gift for us too. Her superior gave us a little donation to get a bite out to eat. We went for some wonderful food and talked, talked, and talked some more... about convent life, prayer, community, school, students, friends, family... and anything else we could think of. When we got back, we joined the nuns in the community room and chatted for a while again.
When the majority of the group had fallen asleep in their chairs we got everyone up to bed amidst a lot of giggling and smiles. It was just great to be together. We slept in and went to a late Mass... after which we continued talking and just enjoying one another's company.
Bottom line is... other nuns might be annoyed by a bunch of giggly, loud, and goofy young nuns hanging around but mine are awesome (obviously we aren't disrespectful but it is nice to let loose with one another). They were just happy to share our convent home with other sisters and enjoy one another's company. It was great.
So now I am feeling quite happy and energetic about everything. I love this feeling... it is definitely God's way of telling me to keep going and enjoy the exciting ride of religious life. He is so present in that hospitality and goodness of the sisters with whom I live and I love to see Him there all the time!