Nuns and Nutella

Pilgrimage Day 2

It’s been a beautiful, peaceful day in North Guilford. The sun finally came out to reveal just how lovely it is here in the spring! Everything is pink and purple and green under a blue sky.

The facade of Our Lady of Grace Monastery

I overslept a little so I didn’t make it to the earliest hours of prayer but I was ready in time for Terce (mid-morning prayer) before Mass. After a good night’s rest I feel like a new person! I spent the morning doing a little bit of reading as well as making a list of the churches I want to visit in Rome. I enjoyed lunch with my fellow retreatant, Eleanor, then took a walk down the road while I made a phone call to my parents. The monastery land used to be a farm so the surrounding area is very rural. The neighbors have horses and a little farther down the road there is a llama farm with an ice cream stand. (I’m thinking about swinging by there tomorrow for a quick treat before I head out!)

The rest of the day included more prayer, adoration, Rosary, and after supper… a surprise birthday party with Sister Ruth Marie (Erika Leigh)!

surpise party

Yes, that is a spoonful of Nutella with a candle stuck in it. It’s like she knows me or something. 🙂

I’m going to reorganize and repack tonight so I can enjoy the fullness of the day tomorrow before I catch a train to NYC. Then it’s off to Europe! I can’t believe that in less than 48 hours I will be in Spain!

In honor of the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I’ll end with this prayer:

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intentions).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.


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