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December 2022 eNewsletter

December 2022
“How is it December already!?” You’ve heard it. You’ve thought it. Time goes by fast. And, yes! It’s December already! Advent is a liturgical season beloved by the Church, but is often lost in the quick passing of days. The symbol of the evergreen wreath with its four candles—a wheel of Advent time marked by longing, hope, and faith—is present in our congregations and our homes. The snow still has its novelty and is another symbol of time set aside for quiet stillness and waiting.
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November 2022 eNewsletter

November 2022
November is the time that we offer thanks for all the blessings of life. I happened upon this blessing when I was in college studying for final tests at around 1:00am. It was in a little prayer booklet that I received from my mother. Jesus obviously had worse things to deal with than finals and it was truly a moment of grace for me to discover this.
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October 2022 E-Newsletter

October 2022
It’s October, and the days are growing crisp and cool. The sunlight is growing shorter. Summer’s vibrant greens are melting into autumn’s brilliant hues. The gold, orange, red, yellow, and even purple leaves dance in the sunlight. We marvel at the beauty of the trees’ foliage. We rarely take time to wonder at the science and lessons behind this transformation in the trees around us. The green color of the leaves in summer comes from chlorophyll, a substance that helps the plants absorb light energy from the sun to make food for the tree. Leaves contain other pigments, but chlorophyll’s green obscures them from our view. With autumn’s shorter hours of sunlight and cooler days, the tree prepares for winter. The tree stops making chlorophyll, and the colors of the other pigments become visible. We see yellow xanthophylls and orange carotenoids. These substances were already present within the leaf, helping the chlorophyll absorb light while protecting the leaf from damage from too much sun. Only now, as the chlorophyll breaks down, do we get to see the hidden beauty of their colors.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Linda Soler, OSB

September 2022
“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned the seat belt sign on. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened.” This is how one should begin a conversation with Sister Linda Soler, OSB. She is pure energy, and what a blessing that all that energy is directed to living a life to glorify God.
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