First Winter in Belgium

As we sang our first O Antiphon, "O Wisdom..." God fulfilled also the desire of our new Sisters for snow. He let abundant snow fell down from heaven, much to their enjoyment and amazement. When Sr. Marie Paul Therese rang the novitiate bell for the Office, she covered her nose thinking that those were dust falling. While at Midday prayer, because she and Sr. Socoro were facing the window, both mouth gaped when more and more snow fell down. Not yet contented with what she saw, the latter when we reached the refectory stood on the bench to have a good look on what happened to the snow as they fell on the ground. As expected, after the dishwashing, instead of taking a short nap, they all went out to the garden to have souvenir shots by Sr. Ma. Luisa. Sr. Carmela and Sr. Marie Elizabeth joined them after feeding our dear Sr. Augustina. So the band of "Pinay" Sisters was complete to enjoy the memorable day of the first winter of our three new Sisters in Belgium. Needless to say, they were so happy and contented, although at evening recreation two began sneezing... Be careful, Sisters, many get colds and cough during this season!

St. Nicholas and black Peter visited the community

On December 6, when the community arrived at the recreation room there was a notice from St. Nicholas that he was coming and that he and black Peter or Piet, his faithful assistant, were to be found at the end of the "Heaven's road". So, we went there eagerly. Lo and behold! He was already there waiting for us, seated on a Bishop's chair with Piet on his left side. And of course, on one side of the room were the gifts for each sister, which Piet distributed after the Saint read his message for each one. Then, we treated them both to a cup of coffee and tart before they proceded on their journey to make other hearts happy this season.