Saturday evening, when we drew names for our “prayer partner,” we also drew a slip with our “Advent practice” for the coming weeks. (We did all this a week early since our Sisters with whom we exchange were in town for Thanksgiving.)
The “Advent practices” start this coming weekend (I guess you could say, Saturday evening with first vespers).
We never know which character from the nativity scene we will be called to emulate by drawing a little slip of paper; this year I have the exalted role of “the donkey.”
Sr. Elaine drew a slip designating her as “the angel the brings joy.” In our common discussion that evening, we came to the conclusion that, as such, she could not be owly. Bringing joy and being grumpy don’t mesh well. (She and I like to tease about her “being owly” if she makes remarks that are less than positive and friendly- it’s become an inside joke.)
Sr. Elaine informed us that evening that she still had a week left in which to get this ‘owliness’ out of her system; the Advent practice does not actually start until Advent (thus the above-mentioned first vespers time-frame).
If you happen to stop by St. Anne’s within the next few days, beware; Sr. Elaine may try to get the last of the owliness used up before it’s too late!
~ Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF
PS: This is really just in fun – she’s not that terribly owly anyway! In fact, she goes out of her way to bring happiness to others.