Peeling pears_2Last weekend it seemed as if everywhere I turned I was reminded of the lavish abundance of God. I bumped into it everywhere. We welcomed one of our Ursuline Sisters ~Sr. Maria del Rosario, or Chayo ~ for the weekend. She’s in the Chicago area studying Montessori education and came to spend the Labor Day weekend with us. I experienced God’s abundance in the many ways she shared St. Angela’s joyful spirit with us and enriched our community in countless ways. Then there was the abundant harvest of pears from the tree in our garden. We spent hours gathering, sorting, peeling, and preparing them to be made into a variety of delicious desserts. And we barely scratched the surface! From pears, we moved to green beans. I lost track of how many bags of beans we harvested and froze. We’ll enjoy them long into the winter months.

Hna ElodiaOn Saturday evening we celebrated a different kind of abundance. Earlier that day Elodia Almonte Tello was received into the novitiate in our Mexican province. We were able to share her abundant joy via Skype and offer her our prayers and support. Can you see her beautiful smile in the photo?

And finally, there was our monthly retreat day. We have a day of silence and prayer on the first Sunday of the month. At the close of the day we gather in the chapel for adoration followed by a time of sharing. As each of us shared what God had done in us, it brought tears to our eyes. We had to keep passing the box of tissues back and forth! The graces . . . surprises . . . consolation . . . and joy felt overwhelming. Only God can do that!

As you go about your daily routine the next few days, keep an eye out for the moments of God’s gratuitous abundance around you and inside of you. I guarantee that once you start to look you’ll notice it everywhere!