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FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, has its Student Leadership Summit about every second year, alternating with its Conferences.  Every years seems to get better,… and bigger.  Sister Teresa Paul, our novice, and I went down for this year’s Summit in Dallas.  It was great having Sister Teresa Paul with me there, since she is from there and knew her way around.

The students and missionaries who attended filled me with a lot of hope for the Church.  It was wonderful to see so many young people taking their faith seriously and striving follow God’s will in their life.  A good number of them were discerning a religious vocation too.  I’d like to say that the talks were great. I’m sure they were, but I didn’t get to hear most of them, because we were pretty busy... which is good!  We made the most of our time there and visited some people whom I have been in contact with and who live in the area.  I did hear the homilies at the Masses though, and they were great!  There are always a number of bishops who come for these FOCUS events.  It makes the Masses extra special.

If you are a college student and aren’t already involved in FOCUS, look into it.  Next January they’ll be having their national conference, and you don’t want to miss that.

Snow and Cookies

December 2013 snowAll of a sudden Christmas seems a lot closer.  We had a lot of snow last weekend.  (It was so pretty and the air was so calm that shoveling was a treat.)  It was also our cookie baking weekend at the convent in preparation for Christmas.  One of the many reasons I love Advent is just the anticipation of Christmas.  We get the fun of baking the cookies and the anticipation of enjoying them at Christmas.

We are in the middle of another of my favorite things about Advent, our Christmas Novena.  We begin the evening of December 16th.  I love the candlelit procession, the chanted prophesies from the Old Testament of the coming Messiah, the O Antiphons and other chants and hymns, all before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, all by candlelight, and ending with Benediction.  Advent is a season of Hope.

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