This Tuesday, 25th August, is our dear Mother Damian’s profession anniversary. It is a wonderful day of celebration for us as a community. Do you celebrate your mum’s birthday or maybe your parents wedding anniversary? Do you give them breakfast in bed or maybe even a present? Well this day is like that for us. We decorate the house, the refectory where we eat, make her presents and even eat breakfast together as a community, this is a thing which we hardly ever do as Poor Clares.
For two days we celebrate Mother's profession 25th/26th, we have a feast day dinner with cake or ice cream for dessert and even watch a movie on one of the nights. It’s lovely to be able to celebrate as a community, gathering around our Dear Mother, thanking God for all that she is and does for us in so many small and vast ways.
The task of the Mother Abbess in a Poor Clare house is to be a mother to all the sisters. She is a mother to the sisters, not a ruler/superior or tyrant but a loving mother to her children. St Clare in her rule talks about the sisters obeying her out of love not fear. That is how it is with our Mother Damian. We all love and respect her very much as I am sure you do your mum. That is why we are such a bonded community, like one big family, working together, living together and loving each other.
I hope you will join me in praying for our Dear Mother and all her intentions, asking God to bless her on her special day. And as always remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka