For our Sisters who have spent any significant time in our priories we used to have in Vermont and Illinois, where winters are harsh and long, East Tennessee is a veritable paradise climatologically. While we do hear words like global warming now and again, it has been far from our thermometers this year when extreme cold hit the eastern part of the US. We began the New Year rising in the morning to 12 deg F and no electricity in one house. Fortunately, great Saint Joseph came through quickly. The phenomena of stiff mops was also interesting and brought back memories from both our days in the New Mexico mountains and Vermont, pulling in frozen linens on the outdoor clotheslines and hoping not to break the fabric.
Most of all the cold weather increases our gratitude to God and our benefactors for the blessings we have and also raises our prayers on behalf of everyone struggling in this season.