“And so we wait. We wait for the light to return to our world, and for the Spirit to warm our wintery hearts.”
Last evening our parish put on an event called “Advent By Candlelight.” Each table hostess brings the tablecloth, dishes, candlelit centerpiece, appetizers, desserts and seven guests. This is a photo of my table before my guests arrived. It’s hard to see, but each guest had a homemade tealight at the head of their plate, made with vellum and the new Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die.
It was so much fun to set the table, it was like playing “teaparty!”
Each of the 28 tables was decorated differently, and each one was beautiful. The guest speaker was Susan Conroy, a catholic author and international speaker. Susan grew up in Maine, but during college traveled alone to India to work with Mother Teresa. She has authored and/or translated nine books and has hosted two series on EWTN. Last night I bought a book she translated from an original French copy that took her seven years to locate. It is called “The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life” and is a compilation of nine conferences given by Fr. Charles Arminjon in France in 1881. Saint Therese of Lisieux (“the little flower”), read the book in 1887 and said that “reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life.” If it had such an impression on one who would become a canonized saint and doctor of the church, maybe it will be an inspiration for us. I’ll keep us updated!
Susan Conroy’s talk was so inspiring. She talked about the way to heaven being through the cross…suffering, sacrifice and prayer. She suggested that we pick up our small sufferings with our left hand, scoop up Jesus Christ’s huge suffering with our right hand, bring our hands together in prayer and offer it all up to God our Father for the sanctification of our soul and the souls of others. She reminded us that our goal is to get to heaven and to help one another get to heaven. She told the sweetest anecdotes about her dad, who was a giant of a spiritual leader for Susan and her nine brothers and sisters. He was always reminding them to “say your prayers”, “get to Mass” and “no one’s perfect ~ get to confession!” : ) Sounds like he was a wonderful man.
The photo below was what we woke up to this morning. Winter comes early to Maine! : )