We recently shared a post on what a typical monastery Christmas is like. But what was it really like this year? It was a WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!!! That’s a shout-able event.
Why? Because it was a rare event experienced maybe only once every 10-15 years or more…a White Christmas of 5 to 7 inches of snow that meant no Midnight Mass, or Christmas Mass, or Saint Stephen’s Day Mass! In fact, Callaway Ridge wasn’t fully passable until the afternoon of Dec 27th. Since as yet we are not all under one single roof, it meant two full Christmas celebrations, one for each house of Handmaids not so much sheltering-in-place as rejoicing-in-place while the beautiful snow fell! We share some scenes of the beauty around us even as we continue to thank the Father for the most beautiful Gift of all: His Son. We finally could receive him again at the Holy Sacrifice on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Alleluia!