On June 17, Postulant Heather celebrated her first birthday in the monastery. It was a great day for her as she celebrated the gift of life and the gift of friendship in community. One of the gifts Heather brings to our community is the gift of energy and enthusiasm.
Heather's parents sent her a birthday gift that no other sister has received - ROLLERBLADES! They came with all the accessories needed to keep her safe. I was sitting in my office when Heather came rolling in to show me her new gift. She asked if we could find Sr. Mary Sylvester to show her the gift as well. So off we went to find her. As you can see from the picture, Sr. Mary Sylvester has her own wheels and won't be asking to use Heather's rollerblades anytime soon.
It has been beautiful to witness the friendship that has developed between the two of them. Sr. Mary Sylvester is ONLY 71 years older than Heather! They share deeply and delight in life together. She laughs as Heather teases her and Heather listens intently as she shares stories from the history of our community. Their beautiful friendship shares the gift of generational living. As St. Benedict teaches us there is always something to be shared and learned by the young and the old.